Jordan asked me to tell you all how much she and Charles appreciate your kind comments about yesterday’s post. It means a lot to know you are pulling for them. We know that instead of calling this post Kitchen String Storage, we could have called it Another Use for a New Paint Can. Whatever the title, it’s a simple little tip that will solve a kitchen problem you might not even know you have.
Last week when I bought a plain, new paint can to make the garden hose holder, I realized that the sky is the limit when it comes to uses for those cans. They are clean, easily available in a big box store, and best of all, they are cheap. So, right away I told Jordan that we need to come up with some DIY projects for them.
Since my brain was in the problem solving/creative mode, it didn’t take too long to come up with a quick use for a quart-sized can. It would be perfect for taming my kitchen string that gets tangled up in the gadget drawer.
The steps are simple. Gather your supplies. You will need some wrapping paper, fabric, or scrap book paper, scissors, a ruler, and either a white glue or a glue gun. Don’t make the same mistake that I made. I originally used Gorilla Glue, but it left a big ole smear on the paper. I cut a new piece of paper and then used the glue gun. The first step is to put a hole in the lid with a hammer and nail.
Then measure the width and length you will need to cut your paper.
Add the glue and then just wrap the paper around the can. Secure the end with glue. That’s all there is to it unless you want to seal it with some Modpodge.
Put your string in it, and you have yourself a new use for a small paint can. Like last week’s paint can project, this one is easy and kid-friendly with adult supervision. Plus, you can really vary how it looks depending on what type of paper you select. It would be a cute little gift, also, for the teachers to use in their classrooms.
Have you come up with any uses for those new paint cans they sell in the big box stores? We would love to hear them.