Thursday, January 26, 2012

[so cheap, so easy]: Catalog Cans

Today was disgusting and rainy, and I've come to the conclusion that if I ever lived somewhere that was rainy all the time, I would be fat and depressed. I hate going out in the rain, but you know what I do like to do in the rain? Sit and eat. Not a good combination. I would like to say that on this damp and dreary day that I did something awesome and crafted, but that would be a lie unless you count taking pictures of crafts as awesome. I really wouldn't use that word with my photography. Anyway...
I made these cans ages ago. They're practically vintage. Handmade, vintage...sounds totally cool. I found the tutorial in a magazine probably about 10 years ago, made them, and have hauled them around the country with me, because I love them that much. That's also why they're a bit "worn in", if you will.

All you have to do is take pages from a catalog and cut them to the length you want. Then, you roll the paper and tape it until you have lots of rolls of paper. (Each one of these cans has about 28 rolls on it.) And last, you hot glue the rolls to the cans. Can you handle it? I think you can--no pun intended. Seriously didn't even do that on purpose. Get it? Can? See what the rain does to me?  No bueno.

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  1. Love this idea. Great way to reuse all my magazines. I did a very bad thing a year and a half ago and subscribed to like 12 different magazines. Some are still coming and I don't know what to do with them all. I've considered giving them to hair salons and such but I'm thinking I'll keep some and make these. :)

  2. What a fun craft! Love your idea here. I tend to use cans everywhere for all kinds of stuff. Now I have another idea on how to 're-do' them, LOL! Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend! ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

  3. These cans are so cool! I have so many magazines too that I think I'm going to give this craft a try. You should definitely share this at my Shabby Shares Saturday link party!


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