Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Back to school!
My grandkids are headed back to school and I was thinking about what I could make to help them prepare. They love to come in my art room and play with all my stuff, so I had made totes for them a while ago. Well, they have become too heavy and now they aren’t that cool. The kids always seem to need crayons, markers, glue etc., so I thought it would be nice to make a caddy that they can put all of their supplies in to carry to the table, breakfast nook, or wherever we want. So with a little imagination and some help from my hubby, this is what I came up with.
- 6 Tin Cans (I used vegetable cans)
- 1 Block of Wood (9.5” x 6” x 1”)
- Spray Paint (I used white & blue)
- 6 – 1 ½” Screws
- Handle with 2 Screws (I painted this red)
- 6 Different Rolls of Duct Tape, 2” wide (2 with patterns, 4 solids)
- ½”-1” Styrofoam
- Remove the can labels and wash the cans with soap and water, using a bottle brush or dishwasher to get all the food particles out of cans. Paint will only stick on clean, dry cans. If the cans have any sharp edges, very carefully push down any sharp spots with a screw driver.
- Spray paint the tin cans, inside and out.
- Measure out the wood, then cut it and sand the edges.
- Spray paint the wood blue and allow them to dry overnight.
- After they are dry, spray paint everything with a second coat, again allowing them to dry overnight.
- The next day, turn them upside down and spray paint the bottom, allowing them dry overnight.
- Repeat the next day to add a second coat to the bottom, allowing them to dry overnight.
- Select 2 patterned and 4 solid-colored duct tapes, one for each can.
- On each tin can, find the rough seam that goes down the side where the label would be glued. At that seam, affix a piece of tape and go all the way around the base of the can. With a second strip of the same pattern tape, make a second stripe to cover the top half of the can.
- Place 2 solid cans on one side of the wood with a patterned can in the middle.
- Repeat step 10 on the opposite side.
- Drill 1 hole in each can near the seam about a half-inch from the base. Then screw the can into the base of the board at an angle. (They may wobble, but this is okay)
- Add the handle on the top of the wood by screwing the 2 screws into the wood.
- After you attach the cans onto the wood, a little paint may chip off, so very carefully spray the screws.You can hold up a piece of paper near it as a shield so paint does not get onto anything else.
- You can put a little Styrofoam into the base of a few cans so crayons will stick up a little bit and not fall in.
I hope the kids in your life have a great school year and have fun with their new Kids’ Caddy!
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer
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