A can of beans? || DIY pencil holder

So the other day I made this jute ball out of a basketball and a floor mat. Remember?

So I have a HUGE amount of jute floor mat material left over…


…and I’m trying to figure out what the heck to do with it all (besides make another large jute ball for a future giveaway – check back frequently for deets!).

Okay, so anyway, I’m trying to figure out what else I can hot glue this stuff too and the closest thing within reach was a just-washed can from beans or something. So natch’ I grab the can and start gluing. Wound you expect any different?



You know what? I actually really like it! A lot.

There are so many uses for it, but I knew right away exactly where I wanted it.



It’s absolutely perfect for my kids’ art pencils.



My daughter LUVs it! And the best thing is, it is so so so so durable!

Next on the agenda… a few more to match for markers and pencils. I even have a few smaller cans (from tuna) that will be perfect for their little eraser collections.

YOU can do this! Trust me! Just try it.

*WARNING* I use a Pampered Chef can opener that removes the entire lid instead of cutting it off so there are NO sharp edges. MAKE SURE you have a can opener that does NOT leave sharp edges!!!

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  1. I’m on the jute kick lately too! I like the can idea!

  2. hey yeah of course i had to list you i my favorites..i got so many useful ideas from your blog! i would love if you would list my button! and thanks for checking out my feature on you! i hope you get a lot of foot traffic!! your blog is awesome..just awesome!

  3. saw you on Tot Tuesdays. This is so cute. So you had a jute rug you took apart. Smart. My wheels are turning…

  4. love it! also that soap dispenser you redid looks REALLY great! you did a super job with that. i know you say it’s easy, but most people probably could not do what you do.

  5. Love these, what a great idea. I might have to make some myself 🙂

  6. very cute idea…I’ve used jute for so many things….


  7. Love them so simple and colorful. Btw that pink light is from ikea.

  8. Love the jute. People could always just give a good coating of hot glue to the sharp areas, and keep out of reach of kids. 🙂

  9. This is great! Found you through power of paint this morning…I’ve been thinking of doing this with our leftover crystal light tubs…thanks for the inspiration! -shaunna 🙂

  10. Thanks for linking up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts!

  11. Oh hey- I have everything for this project on hand! It’s so cute. You are so dang creative!

    Thank you for linking this up to A Little Craft Therapy, as well.

  12. Great idea to get rid of all that extra jute! Pretty and functional!

    Thanks again for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  13. I was just thinking today, as I was throwing away the FIVE cans from dinner, that I should be saving them for something. Thanks for another great idea!

  14. i saw a tutorial where they used jute to make coaster. just swirl on some cork coasters and you’ve got some coasters

  15. Great job with the twine too!

  16. I love your jute projects! I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a long time – love how the basketball turned out. Haooy Easter 🙂

  17. Great idea. It does look really nice.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

  18. Such a cute idea!

    m ^..^

  19. Cute idea. I’m pretty sure you can make anything look awesome with some sort of material & a glue gun. Good thing I don’t have one or I would be glueing everything! Hah! Thanks for linking up on Tot Tuesdays last week. I hope you’ll join me this week for another party. Happy Easter!

  20. I just love that this is all coming from that mat!

  21. This is too cute and thanks for the tip about using the right kind of can opener!

    Kat 🙂

  22. Loving your jute projects!

  23. I loved your jute ball and the can is just as cute. I’m afraid I have a problem with burning my fingers also. 🙂

  24. I love how you transformed this! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft’s Spring has Sprung Party.

  25. How are you not on my blogroll? That’s such an inspired idea!

  26. I love the wrapped cans! Easy enough too! It it has a bit of a beachy feel too (probably just me?!).

  27. I usually toss cans…now I have an excuse to keep them! Thanks for linking up to my “twine themed linky party”!

  28. Oh! I just came across a big ball of jute string in my office closet (I was finally cleaning it out!). Now I know what I am going to do with it. I think we’re having beans tonight! 🙂

  29. i love the ball! where’d you get the rug? 😛

  30. That’s a great idea too!

  31. I’m the newest sign up. Love your site, and especially your writing talent – you sound just like me girlfriend! I like that you just DO it. I appreciate your little tips, now if only we could find a way not to burn our fingers – we’d really be on to something. Thanks again – Lynda


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