Mar 11, 2013

Using Rope to Repurpose Cans

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was very productive. All day Saturday, I worked on adding category labels to my blog  so you can find what you're looking for a lot easier (you can find that on left side), adding buttons to my 'I Party Here' page, spray painting a few items from blah to beauty and a couple other crafts.

This mini project however, is one I actually did last week. I've always wanted to try this ever since I saw it on Pinterest some time back. Who would have thought cans that once housed your soups could be transformed to something pretty and useful? I sure wouldn't have! That's why I love Pinterest! You can get so many super-fab ideas! However, getting the ideas on a board is one thing.....actually realizing the idea is another. I really do try to finish the Pinterest projects I love most.

For this project you will need:
Can/s of whatever size your darling heart desires
Rope (I purchased 50 ft at Home Depot for under $6)
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks (obviously, right?)

I know the process is pretty much self explanatory but I personally enjoy seeing step by step pictures (I'm a visual kinda person) so I will assume that someone reading this may be the same way.

This is what my can and rope looked like before I make them a perfect match with my glue gun. Make sure your can is squeaky clean! You definitely don't want any odors to emerge from it once it's all prettied up. I washed mine with hot water and soap.

1. Get your rope on!
Apply some glue to about 2-3 inches of the circumference of your can (I started on the bottom). I don't recommend applying it all the way around since this glue dries so darn fast! I tried it and it was a big fail!

2. Continue on getting your rope on (seriously, that's about it. Pretty easy, right?)
Keep going upwards all the way around, always pressing down on your rope as you glue it.

Here is what mine looked like about half way through...

Almost finished!

3. Don't leave the rim out of the fun!
You want to make sure to cover the rim or you'll be able to see it from an angle.

4. Put your rope and glue gun down and step away from the can. Seriously, admire your work.

I decided to use mine as a vase and I just love the rustic look it lends!

I decided to make another one with a bigger can and I'm using it to hold all my facial products. Purposeful and display worthy! Definitely better than the plastic container they were in!

I really enjoy these easy 30 minute projects that still make an awesome difference, don't you?

Have you done this already? If so, how are you using your new roped cans?

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Margaret said...

Very cute project! Love the keys project as well. Did a similar one myself in white. Thanks for visiting my page.

Your new follower,


Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hello! Thanks so much for dropping by and for following my blog, I'll return the favor and also on Pinterest too, love Pinterest!
I did do a glass vase from the Dollar Tree with the rope and love it, it sits right by my kitchen sink with hydrangaes in it.
Thanks again!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Margaret! Thank you for visiting and becoming a follower!! I'm going to do a follow back ;)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, that's so nice of you!
I can envision your roped glass...super cool!

rchlxo said...

I'm so going to try this out on the weekend :-)
i will post it on my blog is it turns out okay, but this is such a great idea cannot wait.

Magda Mar said...

good work :)

invite to my DIY website:

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to go check out your blog! And let me know how the keys turn out...

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Magda! I'm going to check out your blog right now!

Luisa said...

Love this! Just did something similar...check it out if you're interested...

Thank you so much for stopping by my craft room!

Hazel Barker said...

Great idea, simple but effective!

Hazel X

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Luisa!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Hazel! It really is so easy, yet so pretty!

VMG206 said...

Great idea! I love it ~ great texture!
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Cherry said...

Thanks for the idea - easy, inexpensive, and looks great!

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Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I like! Very much! I'm working on a coffee can right now - but not w/ rope (don't have any!)

Shauna Smart said...

Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #11!

Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Ruth @ LIving Well Spending Less said...

Hey Selene! I love this idea and who doesn't have an extra bit of rope hanging around? We’d love for you to join our party and link up at Thrifty Thursday!

Bridgit's Bell said...

I'm gonna try this! Thanks.

Pamela said...

Awesome. I was just trying to think of a way to organize some of my husband's desk items and this is a great look. Thanks for taking time to make a tutorial to make it easy to duplicate!

Amy said...

I love this! Fun and Frugal, Way to Go! Love the new blog look, too!!!! Thanks for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Features will be posted Sunday!!!
Huge fan of your blog!
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My name is Rita said...

Love this! This would go with my decor nicely! thank you for linking up.

Anonymous said...

My husband just finished painting our bathroom in Caribbean Breeze. I plan to whitewash some old barn wood for shelves, and now I know exactly what I'll be putting on those shelves! These are perfect for the beachy/nautical theme I'm leaning toward. Thanks so much for sharing! I found your post at the Weekend re-Treat link up.

Rachel Rusticus said...

Such an easy fix up to make it worthy of cozy home decor! I also used 3 pieces of "junk" to turn them into beautiful, styling storage solutions. See my projects here,

-Rachel, your 75th follower!

Jessica @ The Junk Nest said...

I just pinned this. A few weeks ago I purchased the same rope at Home Depot for a different project that I never used. I'm totally doing this!

Thanks for sharing.


Angela Ryder said...

This is great! I've been looking to do something similar with cans! So glad I found you!!~~Angela

Kathy Moody said...

I love this!! It looks so pretty. Just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful week. :)

Marie bloominghomestead said...

Love how this turned out. I always use jute to cover things and it is fun to see how it transforms something! Thanks for linking up this past week at Crafty Tuesday.

Theresa said...

I love that project on cans or glass jars. So pretty & so is your spring look on your blog! Thanks for linking up & sharing at & hope to see you again soon!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Love it! Thanks for linking up!

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