DIY Upcycled Ruler Storage

Do you like to recycle, while being trendy, and make the most of your classroom storage space?  Well, I've got just the thing for you!

Items to Gather:

  • Pringles can ~ empty and rinsed out
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • X-Acto knife
  • Spray adhesive


1.  Work in a ventilated area as the spray adhesive is rather strong.  Cover your work area.
2.  Spray the adhesive over the entire can and wrap the scrapbook paper around it.  You have about 1 minute to re-position as needed and work out any wrinkles.  

3.  Make sure the paper is right up against the metal rim at the top of the can.  This gives a very nice finished edge.

4.  For any overlap of paper around the can, spray more adhesive on the flap and press down firmly.

5.  Use your X-Acto knife to trim off the extra at the bottom by trimming along the bottom of the can.  

6.  VERY carefully, since the paper is slightly damp from the adhesive, trim along the metal rim at the bottom of the can.  You will only be trimming away a tiny sliver of paper.  This will give you a nice, finished edge along the bottom as well.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

  1. There is an endless supply of scrapbook paper colors and designs to choose from, so you can easily match your classroom theme or decor.  You can also find papers that 'fit' with the age of your students.
  2. If you plan to use scrapbook paper often, buy in bulk!  It's so much cheaper to buy a large tablet with around 100 sheets than to buy individual the colors and patterns are already coordinated for you! 
  3. You can use any size can for this to make other decorative storage items for yourself or add a ribbon and give as a gift.
  4. I strongly suggest using the Original flavor can for this since the smell lingers for a while.  You can use a little soap to rinse it out, but don't go crazy with the soap and water since the outside is paper.

Enjoy 'Making It',

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