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DIY Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

new release week


The New Year always inspires me to try to get organized, and of course I want to have really cool ways to sort my goodies without spending a ton of money.  So here is an easy solution –   create a pretty container for your desk or studio, with an upcycled tin can.  I used some of my favorite new May Arts Ribbons to create a lovely home for my paint brushes.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Measure the height of your can and add 1”.  Cut a piece of patterned paper this height and wide enough to wrap around the can with a little overlap.  (Mine was 5.5” x 12”).

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Score the paper on the long side ½” in on each edge.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station to apply adhesive to the entire back.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Cut tabs along the edges of the paper (up to the score line).  Apply the paper to the tin can, and wrap the tabs around the edges of the can.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Ink the edges of the can.  Adhere the Vintage Printed Ribbon around the center of the can.  Add several wraps of the mini raffia bows over the top.

Use the wired burlap with lace edge ribbon to create a rosette.  To make the rosette smaller, fold the ribbon over as shown.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Since the ribbon is wired, you can finger pleat  (and not have to score) and it will stay in place.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

 After the pleating is complete, use a hot glue gun to attach the two edges into a circle.  Then use to glue the center into a rosette.  Add a button to the center.

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

Add the rosette to the can and you are ready to start organizing!

Desk Organization with an Upcycled Tin Can

 By Gini Williams Cagle


 There are 2 chances to win some new releases this week: here and on our sneak peek!


Partners in Craft Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

  • Tin Can
  • Vintage Button


  1. Miriam Prantner

    What a transformation! This is really beautiful!

  2. Tonya

    Love this! I might have to try this during my daughters birthday party when the moms are just sitting around chatting 🙂

  3. Emily H

    It is amazing what you can do with ribbon! This is stunning!

  4. stamping sue

    I find it fun to take something that we would normally recycle or throw out and make it into something we can use again. good job/art!
    stamping sue

  5. Donna Sue

    Love recycling projects!

  6. Carla Hundley

    How fun this would
    look on the desk!
    Wonderful idea.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Denise Bryant

    Sweet project! The burlap with lace edge ribbon is one of my favorites of the new release! Makes a really pretty rosette!

  8. Rebecca Ednie

    The can is very pretty. I love the ribbons you chose.

  9. Kathleen Spaeth

    Wow! Gini I just Love it!! Great way to recycle, and repurpose, all our Steel/Tin cans. Thanks for the Tutorial on how to make your pretty Rosette (with the gorgeous May Arts Ribbon). I even Love your funky paint brushes, too. Let me go get those empty cans out of my Recycling Bucket.

  10. Mary Mac

    The vintage print cotton ribbon is my new favorite ribbon of the new release ribbons.

  11. Sue D

    Very pretty way to transform a can!

  12. Cynthia B.

    Such a pretty storage piece!

  13. Yolanda

    What a fun and practical project. thanks for sharing.

  14. Darlene Gabriel

    Wonderful tutorial. I love that lace edged burlap ribbon and the gorgeous flower made with it.

  15. Patrice Tenorio

    Great organization tip & the ribbon is just so pretty! Love the shabby chicness of the project!

  16. LynneZ

    This is so totally cute! Would be such a great desk accessory!

  17. Patricia B

    Beautiful!! I love that burlap/lace ribbon. What a great idea to make something beautiful out of something that could have been trashed!

  18. Ange

    Fun project!

  19. jean marmo

    This would look beautiful on my desk! Love this!

  20. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B

    This is gorgeous! Love the paper and embellishments!

  21. TracyM #6773

    WOW – this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL recycling I have ever seen!!! The vintage print is so pretty and I LOVE your burlap & lace rosette – I would never have thought of making one and given that I had already put it on the top of my wishlist after the sneak peeks, now it takes the top 2 spots 🙂
    THANK YOU for sharing your CRAFTY INSPIRATION!!!

  22. Laura Strack

    Beautiful organizing tool, all dolled up with pretty script paper and lacy burlap ribbon! Gorgeous!

  23. leslierahye

    Love it! The cotton blend print is fabulous and I love that burlap with lace!

  24. Heather Thompson

    very cool idea, I just did some sconces and am using them as pencil/pen holders, I think I just might have to modify them a bit!!!

  25. barbara macaskill

    LOVELOVELOVE this ribbon!!! So pretty and it goes great with just about anything!! TFS!

  26. Lucy E.

    I love up cycling containers! This turned out very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  27. Mary Karas

    love the burlap rosette

  28. marylouh

    Very pretty. We need pretty things on our tables too – more inspiration for us when working. Shouldn’t always think we have to give all the pretties away.


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