Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

I am completely smitten by the bold colors and decorations that appear before the Fourth of July.  As is tradition, I am looking forward to many festive picnics and BBQs in the coming weeks.  The American flag is one of my favorite icons and it is repeated throughout Doodlebug's Patriotic Parade collection.  I gathered coordinating patterned paper and upcycled some regular ol' cans to create an easy upcycled can Fourth of July utensil caddy

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy | popperandmimi.com
Although the Fourth of July isn't for a couple of weeks, but we have been using this utensil caddy at my house for a few weeks now.  When we eat outside, the kids just grab this caddy and bring it out to the table.  When we're done, we just put it right back in the cupboard.  So easy.   


Upcycled cans wrapped with stars and stripes paper | popperandmimi.com

I started by wrapping three cans with American flag inspired patterned paper.  All you need to do this is a paper cutter and a glue gun.

How to wrap a can with patterned paper | popperandmimi.com
After you have measured and cut your paper, apply a bead of hot glue to your can and adhere the paper.  Having wrapped many a can with paper, hot glue is my adhesive of choice for a long lasting wrap. 


How to wrap a can with patterned paper | popperandmimi.com
Wrap the paper around the can and apply another bead of hot glue to the end of the paper flap securing the paper to the can.  


Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy | popperandmimi.com
Tie the three cans together with a piece of striped ribbon.  The ribbon is the only thing holding the cans together so the cans can be repurposed or rearranged simply by untying the ribbon.


Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy with striped bow | popperandmimi.com
I dug into my supply of Christmas ribbon and found this bright, striped grosgrain ribbon.  I love how the stripey bow compliments the flag patterns on the cans.

Happy picnicking!

Amanda

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