Crafty Soup Can Storage
Andy Worhol might have made art out of painting soup cans, but that’s just not gonna fly in my kitchen.
So we continue with the ongoing saga of “how the hell do I organize my kitchen space, or lack-there-of”.
I have a surplus of “Cream of ‘whatever’” soup cans for use as a base in my crock pot meals. The problem I’m having is that I’m running out of cupboard space. I have a large shelf that I will be converting into a “pantry” (since I don’t have one) but I have major issues with is displaying ugly cans of soup, pasta, etc in my kitchen since it’s an open shelf.
So I came across an idea on Pinterest, the original idea came from Then She Made, which is a fabulous blog I plan on spending a lot more time reading!
With a little bit of decorative paper, some mod-podge, and a couple empty boxes of soda, I’ve got something I’m actually don’t mind displaying!
(I take horrible pictures, they are MUCH cuter in person and brighter.
My kitchen is just too dark for picture taking)
I do have a few little places to cleanup but overall they came out great. The result is cute boxes for storing soup cans in a rotational manner and also re-uses 12 pack soda can boxes.
I know you can use those soda dispensers for soup cans but it doesn’t take out the “ugly” factor.
- Find cute corresponding paper at places that have scrap-booking paper. I got my sheets at Hobby Lobby , 6 for $1.00. The outer shell took 2 sheets, the “front cap” took 1 and actually made 2 front pieces so I could do another box. So for 4 boxes in alternating patterns, was 10 sheets of paper, so $1.80 in paper.
- Cut the back hole where you insert cans out BEFORE applying paper. Kinda forgot to do that on the last 2 boxes and it wasn’t fun trying to cut out while the glue was still wet.
- Trace the front pieces with a pencil, cut out one side and then trace it on the other side of the paper so you have 2 front covers… also add a little bit of padding to wrap it into the inside of the box. I traced it, but then about 1/4 of an inch above the trace, added dashed lines.
- When using mod-podge, put glue on both the paper, and the box. Smooth for 1-2 minutes with your fingers to keep bubbles from showing up.
- You’re gonna end up with glue on your hands and everything else. Put something on top of your work station if you don’t want to scrap glue later.
- Apply mod-podge to the outside to seal it and give it extra strength.
- Use a paint brush, not paper towels, to apply the glue. Learned that on the first box. Also, if you can find a paint brush that has a hook on it to keep it on the lip of the mod-podge jar, it’s very handy. Keeps your brush from getting stuck to surfaces or dripping glue. I found mine at walgreens.
- Final thing, these are NOT meant for stacking– they won’t be strong enough to stack once the first row of cans are out.