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DIY: July 4th Caddy

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)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue & tape


  1. 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. 
  2. 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). 
  3. Once tapped, glue the sheets of paper together for a more secure fit.
  4. Take one set of papers and tape them to the can.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 with the other set of papers.
  7. 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). 
  8. Glue the ribbon over the seam of the paper (where you taped it or where it overlaps). 
  9. Secure the extra ribbon on the bottom and inside of the can with glue or tape.
  10. 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.) 

~Happy Independence Day~