Crafty Makes

Zero Waste Craft – Tin Can Pencil Pot


Hi, this zero waste craft literally took 10 minutes. I reused my daughter’s old cardigan and a tin can out of the relevant recycling bags to make a fun pen/ pencil pot. Mia (my daughter), actually asked if we can recycle some items around the home instead of ‘binning’ them – and has inspired me! She doesn’t know about these pencil pots, we are redecorating her bedroom and plan to make lots of bits when she is in bed and surprise her when it’s all finished.

Not many instructions are needed with this make – it is that easy!

First cut the sleeves off an old jumper and grab an empty tin can. Last minute I decided to add a fun face on this as I felt the elbow patch was just begging for something added. So I cut off some buttons and a mouth.

I then simply covered the tin can with the sleeve and tucked in the cuff which covered the inside part that may be sharp (this was a ring pull opening can).

I glued on some faces and filled with some (my own – just for the pic) pens and pencils!

Will you be giving this a try? Have you made anything out of old clothes? Please comment below and let me know!๐Ÿ˜Š

Jaimi xx

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  1. This is so very cute!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š Mia found them today (they wasn’t well hidden) and she loves them – yay!

  2. Lambam says:

    This is very beautiful and I love the colours ! They give me vibes ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Aww thanks I’m glad they had an effect ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. These are so cute! Such a handy idea for kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks for commenting Sarah! The amount of stationary Mia has I think I’ll be making more๐Ÿ˜„

  4. How cute is this!! I love the buttons as eyes! I have a jar full of buttons and have run out of ways to use them but now I have an idea. Good job!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Is it weird that I found a cute jar and said to my husband “This would look so cute filled with buttons” I only have a couple of old buttons but a jar of colourful ones would spark joy for some reason…๐Ÿคญ

  5. This was great! I’ll be trying this handy craft soon!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Let me know how you get on! I imagine everyone’s will look so unique๐Ÿ˜„

  6. This is such a cute craft! I love re-purposing things! Definitely going to try this!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Yay- I’m glad you’re going to give it a go. Let me know how you get on – I’d love to see a pic!

  7. I never would have thought of this craft. Ingenious, and it turned out so cute. Excellent idea!

    1. Jaimi-pfod says:

      Thanks Lisa! It is making me look at the bags of old clothes in a different way now ๐Ÿค”

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