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Coffee Can Caddy

Contest Photo by: FamilyFun_Team
Category: Functional


Store everything from colored pencils and crayons to a deck of cards in this handy carryall.


6 coffee cans, Fine-grain sandpaper, 12- by 10-inch pine board, Scroll saw, Hot glue gun, Drill with a 1/4-inch bit, Six 1/2-inch round-head screws, Screwdriver, Metal spray paint.

How to Make

  • To paint the cans, first rough up the outsides a bit with the sandpaper. Then, spray the cans in a well-ventilated area, according to the directions on the paint can. Let the paint dry completely.

  • Next, position the board so that the long edges are at the top and bottom. Use the scroll saw to cut a handhold 1 inch down from the top and to shape the upper corners of the board, if desired. Lightly sand the cut edges.

  • With the glue gun, attach the cans to the wood, three on each side, as shown. Drill a hole through each can (the side against the wood) about 1/2 inch down from the rim and screw the cans to the board. Load 'er up with craft supplies or stashes of little toys.

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