Trying to come up with a new idea for my Creative Minds after-school class, I found this DIY craft on Creative in Chicago. It was called “Bling Storage for the Bathroom,” but I don’t think these third and fifth graders are into makeup yet, so they will have the prettiest pencil cups in their grades.
These Countertop Containers were so fun to make! We thought they would be a great party craft, party favors, or Mother’s Day gifts. Creative In Chicago recommended lining the inside of the can with Cardstock paper, then covering that with Modge Podge, but we just worked on the outside of the cans.
Happy creating, hon!
–Soup Can (I took the top off with the kind of can opener that lifts the top off rather than slices it, so there were no sharp edges.)
–Cardstock paper in a color to coordinate with Glass Marbles
–Glass Marbles that are flat on one side (called “Decorative Fillers”in many colors at Michael’s craft stores)
–White Glue and Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
–scissors, ruler, pencil
1. Measure height and circumference of can.
2. Cut cardstock to correct measurements to wrap around can.
3. Glue cardstock onto can.
4. Let covered can sit for a bit so cardstock is secure before applying glass marbles.
5. Apply glass marbles in rows from the bottom up. (We applied top down and bottom up, and bottom up is better because if the marbles stick up over the edge of the can it’s okay. But if the marbles, stick over edge of bottom, the container will wobble.)
6. Sometimes there was a gap in the glass marbles, so I broke marbles in half to fill in gaps.
7. Glue Gun glue hardens instantly, but gets stringy. We cleaned up the strings when container was done.