Fun, easy and useful ~ that's the type of DIY projects that I love to do! Here's a quick caddy you can make for your July 4th table - to hold a plethora of items. Grab an old, empty paint can along with a few pieces of paper and you can make a quick, holiday decoration.
July 4th Caddy
- 1 old paint can or pail (remove all the paint, label and lid) - you can also use a sand pail
- 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (you'll need at least 2 pieces but choose more if you'd like to layer)
- Glue & tape
- Cut each of the 12 x 12 pieces of paper in half. You will be making 2 coverings, each will go about half way around the can.
- You'll want them to overlap the top of the can just a little. Layer the paper the way you'd like - I chose to layer 2 sheets on my paint can. Measure the can and the paper to make sure the paper is approximately 1/2" taller and then tape the paper together on the back side (the side that you won't see once you put the paper on the can).
- Once tapped, glue the sheets of paper together for a more secure fit.
- Take one set of papers and tape them to the can.
- If there's a handle on your paint can, you will need to cut a slit in each piece of paper that overlaps the handle. You can choose to cut a notch out if you'd like to, or cut a slit and slide the top part of the paper under the handle as you wrap it around.
- Repeat Steps 4 & 5 with the other set of papers.
- Cut your ribbon so that it overlaps the top and bottom of the can by 2 inches on each side (you'll have 2 extra inches on the top and 2 extra inches on the bottom).
- Glue the ribbon over the seam of the paper (where you taped it or where it overlaps).
- Secure the extra ribbon on the bottom and inside of the can with glue or tape.
- Let dry.
That's it - July 4th Caddy complete!
You can use it to hold utensils or napkins on your buffet table, or fill it with 'fun treats' (we always have these fun & safe "confetti-works" for the kids!). (Since the original can held paint, I would not put any unwrapped edible items in it.)