Turn Tin Cans Into Utensil Bins

Looking for a pretty place to stash small kitchen items or herbs? Create cute, custom utensil holders with a few recycled tins cans. Spray paint and craft tape will gussy them up, and S-hooks will keep them hanging in place on a towel bar.
Clever Utensil Storage Idea

Clever Utensil Storage Idea

This cleverly-designed storage rack for kitchen utensils was devised using a simple towel rack, re-purposed cans, and simple hooks. Have easy access to knives, forks and other small implements with this do-it-yourself project!

Materials Needed:

  • tin cans of various shapes and sizes
  • metal-safe drill bit
  • electric drill
  • spray paint in the color(s) of your choice
  • variety of washi tape, stickers and tags
  • scissors
  • safety goggles
  • S-hooks

Drill Holes

Use a metal-safe drill bit to create a hole just below the rim on the back side of each tin can. Tip: Be sure to wear safety goggles when drilling into metal.

Drill Holes into Tin Cans

Drill Holes into Tin Cans

Use a metal-safe drill bit to create a hole just below the rim on the back side of each tin can.

Photo by: Layla Palmer

Layla Palmer

Spray Paint Cans

Turn cans upside down and coat each one with spray paint in the color(s) of your choice.

Spray Paint Cans

Spray Paint Cans

Turn cans upside down and coat each one with spray paint in the color(s) of your choice.

Photo by: Layla Palmer

Layla Palmer

Embellish Cans

Now's the time to get creative! Embellish tin cans with washi tape, stickers or tags. Using temporary embellishments allows you to change up the look at a moment's notice.

Embellishing Utensil Cans with Washi Tape

Embellishing Utensil Cans with Washi Tape

Now's the time to get creative! Embellish tin cans with washi tape, stickers or tags. Using temporary embellishments allows you to change up the look at a moment's notice.

Photo by: Layla Palmer

Layla Palmer

Hang Cans

Hang each tin can from an S-hook onto a towel bar. Fill with utensils, herbs or kitchen tools.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Cigar Box Purse

Transform an old cigar box into a stylish purse with these simple instructions.

Upcycle an Old Cutlery Box Into a New Jewelry Box

Vintage cutlery boxes are a frequent fixture at estate and yard sales — usually in pretty worn condition. With just a little elbow grease, you can refinish and re-line them for a massive upcycled jewelry box.

How to Make Paper Mache Bowls

Make these simple gold bowls as a catch-all container that will look great in your entryway.

Turn a Plastic Storage Container Into a Mobile Toy Box

Breathe new life into a basic plastic storage bin by adding jute rope, metal casters and a colorful fabric liner.

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Give empty cans new purpose by covering them with colorful images and favorite sayings.

How to Make a Paper Map Basket

Create a recycled, eco-friendly basket from old paper maps.

How to Build a Handcrafted Wine Rack

Designer Kahi Lee of Design on a Dime shows how easy it is to create a custom-made wine rack for your home.

Handy Gadget Holder

Make a soft bag to hold your iPod, cell phone, digital camera or PDA.

How to Make Distressed Leather-Wrapped Books

Make brand new books look like old leather-bound tomes by covering them in a removable leather jacket that you've distressed and antiqued. They'll add a timeworn touch to your bookcase and make great handmade gifts for literary friends.

How to Make a Woven Map Easter Basket

Make a clever Easter basket this year using paper maps.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.