Friday, February 17, 2012

Clutter-Free Classroom Project ~ Week 6

Once again, I'm linking up with Clutter-Free Classroom's The Clutter-Free Classroom Project!

Week 6 was all about 'upcycling' storage containers so that you basically end up with an almost-free item.

Show us an upcycled project you have found online or created yourself. Tell us about it and what it can/will be used for.
  • Write about what you like about it.
  • How did/will you create it?
  • What tips can you share to help others think "outside the box"?

I decided to use a Pringles can since there always seems to be an empty one or two around my house.

I grabbed a sheet of scrapbook paper from a huge book I got on clearance at Michael's last fall, my X-acto knife, and a can of Loctite Spray Adhesive {which I had to buy for around $5 at Wal-Mart....but since it's now my new best friend and one can will last quite a while, I'm OK with the purchase!}.

I did grab some paper towels once I started spraying {they're just not in the picture up there ^^}.

{I couldn't snap a pic and spray and roll at the same time and I was home alone, so this was after I sprayed and rolled all the way around.  I did play with it a little more to get our wrinkles.  You have about a minute of working time to re-position.  I also made sure my paper was right up against the metal lip at the top of the can.}

{Then I took my X-acto and went around the very bottom of the can...hence the cute leftover ring.}

{Next, I VERY carefully went around the metal lip at the bottom to give it a more finished look...hence the little leftover sliver.}

{Close-up of bottom.}

{Close-up of top.}

{Finished product!!!  YAY!!!'}

I decided to use this for rulers because they are one the hardest things to find a proper fitting tub for.  The pencil cases are too short.  If you buy a long enough tub, you could fit 325 rules in it.  

So, ruler-holder it is for my upcycled Pringles can!

Seriously a 5-minute project that you can match to the decor of your classroom or change out seasonally!

I {LOVE} it!

Note:  I did rinse out the inside of the can before starting this project...just don't go too crazy with the water!

Making It {and smiling},


  1. Loved this!
    Besides, I am always looking for a reason to eat Pringles!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. So cool! That will look awesome in your classroom.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. I love this too! I'm going to have to go and buy some Pringles today!


  4. Adorable! I totally want to make some, too!
    Teaching With Style

  5. I used a leftover oatmeal container -- holds a LOT of rulers. Great size for it, too. I need to cover it with cute paper, though. Right now it is covered with plain purple butcher paper, and is looking a bit faded. Love this idea!

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