As a designer and blogger, I have a bit of an obsession with color. So naturally, I love PANTONE swatches. One day I looked over at my sad little white trash can and I realized that it would be the perfect blank slate to use for a project. Thus, my PANTONE trash can was born. Read on to check out the final product.
Target, in collaboration with Campbell's, recently released a limited edition line of Andy Warhol soup cans in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his famous screen print series. While I've been tempted to pick up a few, I don't really know what I'd do with them. Store them indefinitely on a shelf? Eat the contents; then what?
No, I'm not taking about simply dropping your butts down the hole....this is a much more sophisticated ashtray than that. It involves cutting and folding the aluminum can for a starburst effect. Don't smoke? Good! You can use the trays as little catch-alls.
Jack Bresnahan's Tin Can Lids are a set of nine lids designed to snap onto used food and soup cans, highlighting it's space-y modern shiny rib design and turning it into something instantly useful: "There’s a toothbrush holder, a soap dispenser, tea and coffee jar lids and a sugar dispenser, and a less useful pen-holder."
Some questions are timeless and all important, for example, Beatles or Stones? Batman or Superman? Pirates or Ninjas? And perhaps the most important of all, 'would you rather have a Monkey or a Robot?' Well, for folks coming down on the robot side, there is this fellow:
The blurb says "Turn any empty metal can into a walking, wobbling bug-eyed robot! This Tin Can Robot Kit comes with pretty much everything you'll need to take recycling to a...
Recycle and be adorable with this super easy how-to from Candace at Crafty Daisies.
Empty metal cans
Two different shades of acrylic orange paint
Black acrylic paint
Sponge or sponge brush
Small paint brush or small sponge
nail and hammer, or electric drill and bit
Craft wire or a wire coat hangar
Okay, Ingo Maurer’s canned light doesn’t actually contain soup. What it does contain is all the parts to make a lamp, parts we can probably find at any hardware or big box store. Those items include a reflector, socket, switch and a 60 watt halogen light bulb. The can itself measures 5.3" h x 3.4" d. A quick measurement of my Campbell’s Tomato tells me a regular-sized can measures 3.875" h x 2.5", which might be a bit small for a DIY job, but how...
Check out Scandinavian Design Center’s Bin Bin wastebasket, which looks very much like the contents it holds. The John Brauer creation is clever, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine if the 331 x 330 mm receptacle is worth its 60 dollar price tag. As for me, a trip to my local fabric/craft store this weekend turned up a 250 x 220 mm plastic ice bucket, on sale for $2.50, which I’m now using in my craft room as a trash can. Sweet!
This is a fun and easy way to make an ordinary can look fabulous. All you need to do it is a bit of fabric, a scissors, an iron, a hot glue gun and a can.
First cut your fabric to fit the circumference and height of your can PLUS a couple of inches in both directions. Press the top and bottom edges down/up. Press ONE SIDE of the fabric in. Center your can on the fabric. Roll the fabric around the can and hot glue the pressed finish edge over the...
When you use a public rest room, do you avoid touching anything after you wash your hands? Do you use a paper towel to open the door, and then just before you slip out of the room you shove the towel in the garbage can, trying to escape contact with the flapper cover thingy? This last part is always the trickiest maneuver of your escape. Well, thanks to Touchless Garbage Cans, now all public and private bathrooms can have hands free battery...
After living with my paint can lid coaster for a few days, I realized it only looked like a coaster when my coffee cup was sitting on it. Otherwise, it looked as if, somewhere, a paint can was missing its lid. So, in the spirit of beautification, I held the lid. I let it speak to me.
"Beads," it said.
"Perfect," I said.
I flooded the lid’s rim with my favorite tacky glue.
I sprinkled into the glue ring leftover silver and black...
Empty, cleaned paint cans. I used a quart sized can, but gallon sized cans will work too. (If you don’t have an empty paint can laying around, most hardware stores sell new, unused paint cans. A quart size will cost you about a buck.)
1/8" drill bit
Metal or wood block to support the inside of the can
Sandpaper. Any grit will do.
Small jelly-jar-sized-jar (or larger jar for gallon sized can)
Votive candle (or larger pillar...