Tin Can Art Supply System
“Our kids all seem to be little Rembrandts. They love to color, draw, paste and paint – and sometimes stick... Read
“Our kids all seem to be little Rembrandts. They love to color, draw, paste and paint – and sometimes stick pencils into play dough. But at times storing these items can be less than ideal. Thankfully, we found a practical (and, may we say, beautiful) way to store your art supplies.
What You’ll Need
8 Clean tin cans
Green metal cleaner
Hot glue gun
Steel cookie sheet
Label maker or a sheet of paper
Pan head screws (optional)
1. Sand down the open edges of the cans with the metal sandpaper. Make sure the edges are nice and smooth to avoid any ouchies later. Bandages also optional. You can find metal sandpaper at your local hardware store.
2. Using a green cleaner, go to town on the cookie sheet to get it clean and make it look nice.
3. Hot glue the magnets to the outside of the tin can. The magnet should be vertical, going along the vertical length of the can.
4. Using the label maker, create some nice labels to keep things clearly organized. Or, be creative and help the kids make nice labels!
5. Using the magnets, attach the cans to the cookie sheet.
6. If you plan on hanging your masterpiece storage facility, drill a small hole into each corner of the cookie sheet. Lastly, mount it to the wall with 4 pan-head screws.
7. Let the kids pick which can they want each of their art supplies in – it’s more likely that they’ll put things away if they get to decide where they go.
If the cookie sheet you’re using is particularly old, here’s a great way to make it look brand new: Line your sink with aluminum foil and place the cookie sheet inside. Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda over the cookie sheet (somewhat evenly), then pour boiling water over it. Putting some elbow-grease into it, scrub particularly aged spots, making sure to push the baking soda into it. Finally, pour 8 cups of white vinegar over the mixture and let sit for 10 minutes. Give it one last scrub with the bubbly mixture, and then rinse.