DIY Kitchen Caddy

Sep 02 2014
DIY Kitchen Caddy
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I think I have taken this whole upcycling of the soup can too far.
It's like I became obsessed.
Like I wouldn't give up until I found every possible way to make the soup can awesomely functional.
Totally not my personality to be compulsively obsessed with things.
I lie. I lie. I lie.
Give me some Adderall and a Google search and I will find out your mother's best friend's hair dresser's favorite brand of toothpaste.
What!? I don't know.
I got 10 hours of sleep last night. I am on a ROLL.
These soup can caddies will rock your world. I made them on the Hallmark Channel several weeks back and I'm just getting around to posting the actual blog because ya know ..... summer happened.
Well now it's back to work ya'll.
​Scroll down for the tutorial or see some video action here: Soup Can DIY

What you need
One sheet of ¼" x 7 ¼ x 4' poplar wood board
Sand paper
12 old soup cans (cleaned with lid removed)
Circular saw (or have hardware store cut for you)
Wood paint
Paint brushes
Ruler
Pen
6 soup cans
Wood glue
Nails
Scrap of leather

You need to start with a 4' x 9.5" piece of wood. I used poplar, but you can use whatever you have. You will cut your wood into 9 ½" x 7 ¼" pieces and if you don't screw up you will get two caddies out of one 4' board : )

Note: If you don't want to cut the wood yourself just ask your hardware store. They will cut it for you fancy pants.

Make sure you sand down your board. I round the corners a bit.

Now using your wood glue, apply a thin amount on one side of the board and press it down to your wood. It will adhere immediately. This brand is awesome FYI.

NOTE: I also hammered two tiny nails from the bottom base in, just to make sure everything was sturdy. You don't really need to do this, but again I am obsessive.

Once your board is dry, paint it with the color of your choice.

Then make sure your soup cans are all clean and washed. 

And paint those babies too. I put a clear coat on top of mine so they weren't matte.

Glue your soup cans directly to the board with the wood glue or Epoxy 6000 and stand awkwardly with a hammer for strange picture. This will take 24 hours to dry. 

NOTE: Lift up the cans a couple times in the first two hours so air gets in there and it will start to activate and seal to the wood. 

I attached a piece of leather to the top and secured in place with two tiny nails. 

Upcycled Soup Can Kitchen Caddies 
(Makes 2 Caddies)

What you need
One sheet of ¼" x 7 ¼ x 4' poplar wood board
Sand paper
12 old soup cans (cleaned with lid removed)
Circular saw (or have hardware store cut for you)
Wood paint
Paint brushes
Ruler
Pen
6 soup cans
Wood glue
Nails
Scrap of leather

Instructions
1. Cut your poplar board into 9 ½" x 7 ¼" pieces. you will get two caddies out of one 4' board.

2. Sand all rough edges on your board.

3. Paint your boards (2 pieces per caddy) and let dry.

4. Remove label from old soup can and make sure the lid is completely taken off. Paint your soup cans to match your wood board. 6 per caddy.

5. Position one wood board on its side down the middle of the other board and secure with wood glue. use cans to hold in place while it dries.

6. Once dry you can hammer two nails in the bottom for extra strength.

7. Place painted cans on painted wood and secure with gorilla glue and let dry.

8. Cut a 12" piece of leather cording and nail to the top of your center piece of wood for the handle.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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