Thursday, April 20, 2023

Cord Wrapped Tin Can Flatware Caddy

Welcome Y'all! It's that time again for our Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather! I don't know if you're like me, but I'm always on the lookout for craft project inspirations! While I was in Target some time ago, I came upon a utensil holder that was made out of seagrass, I think. I loved how it looked so I took pictures of it - just like I usually do when I'm inspired. Unfortunately, it is no longer available at Target, but here is a picture of it:

And that is where I got the idea to make a flatware caddy of my own! Since I collect tin cans and other recyclables for my projects, it was a no brainer to use tin cans to make a caddy - one with three sections or cans, sized for spoons, forks and knives!  

Cheerful and charming - especially done in purple, lol - this Cord Wrapped Tin Can Flatware Caddy adds a playful element to get-togethers and gatherings. A group of three hand wrapped upcycled tin cans in poly cord that's perfect for entertaining and a whole lot more! 

Materials Needed:
  • Tin cans - 3 (27oz.)
  • Poly Cord
  • Quick dry multi purpose glue (Starbond) or hot glue
  • Parchment paper
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Phillips screwdriver (short handle)/rachet
  • Wire clothes hanger
  • Wire cutter

Let's begin with clean, dry tin cans. I'm using vegetable cans that are a great size at 27 ounces!
Plus, I'm using leftover purple cord from a previous project making this caddy basically cost free! I also like to spread a sheet of parchment paper over my work surface to catch any glue that may fall off.
 Begin by adding a dab of hot glue to the end of the cord and .  .  .

coiling it into a circle while adding a bit of glue along the cord as you coil.
Then add a dab of hot glue to the center of the bottom portion of the tin can and continue coiling the poly cord around the can.
At first, I didn't want hot glue to show on the purple cord so I used a high performing super glue called Starbond which dried clear to attach the poly cord.

Continue coiling the poly cord until the bottom is completely covered .  .  .
and then moving up the sides of the can.
I switched to using hot glue since I was running out of Starbond. Continue adding hot glue to wrap the can with poly cord  .   .  .
going round and round until the can is completely covered.
Then wrap the other two cans the same as the first.
To secure the three cans together, use a drill to create holes near the top of the three cans aligning the holes on the cans with a ruler to match up the holes. Use a short handle Phillips screwdriver or rachet to tighten the screws and attach the cans together.  
Dab a bit of Starbond glue on the screws to hold in place and let dry.
To make the handle, cut off the straight bottom wire of a clothes hanger .  .  .
using a wire cutter.
Fold the wire in half, leaving a loop at the top and twisting the wire at the bottom to close.
Wrap the loop with cord beginning at the bottom and .  .  .
moving up along the loop and .  .  .
back down to wrap around the bottom again.
Then apply glue around the wrapped bottom cord and insert into center of cans. Hold cans together for a couple of minutes until glue dries. 
This practical upcycled caddy adds a casual warmth and welcome to the table for both inside and outside entertaining.  And as an added plus, the caddy can be used to house all sorts of things like pens and pencils, office supplies and even bottles of wine! It's really a multi- purpose handcrafted item that can be use all year long!

Once again, welcome to our monthly Creative Craft Hop! I hope you liked how I made my cord wrapped flatware caddy! Up next, is Carol @ Bluesky at Home sharing how to make pretty vinyl planters!  Be sure to stop by each and everyone in our creative group listed below to check out their exciting and inspiring project! And don't forget to pin, too!


Gail | Purple Hues and Me | Cord Wrapped Tin Can Flatware Caddy

Carol | Bluesky at Home | How to Make Pretty Planters with Vinyl

 Cecilia | My Thrift Store Addiction | Repurposed Ceiling Medallion Whimsical Mushroom Wreath

Terri | Decorate More with Tip | You Can Paint....WHAT?

 Jenna | The Painted Apron | Kentucky Derby Straws

Ann |The Apple Street Cottage | Denim Cuff Bracelets

Allyson | Southern Sunflowers | Robot Craft Idea for Kindergarten Kids to Make for Friends

Sara |Birdz of a Feather | Pegboard Display Stand DIY

Niki | Life as a Leo Wife | Beautiful Mother's Day Mason Jar Sign with Free Designs & Paper Flowers


  1. Fabulous! Your projects are always so much better than the inspiration Gail! Three sections is much more practical when you have a huge crowd. And you can never go wrong with a bold colour like purple; it sets the party mood :)

  2. Gail, this is wonderfully creative and I love the color!

  3. This is so impressive. I could use this in my craft room! I am pinning to make one myself. Thanks for an easy step by step instructions Gail!

  4. This is fabulous Gail, so perfect for buffet dining or for a craft desk! I love the way you started at the center of the bottom of the cans and just wrapped your way up! The way you screwed the cans together and then added the handle is brilliant! I’ve never used Starbond glue, does it dry quickly like hot glue? I always make sure a mess with my hot glue gun, I hate all those strings it leaves. I just might have to give this a go, thanks Gail!

  5. Love this Target hack. This is a great DIY project, Gail. It’s pretty and practical. Great instructions.

  6. Wonderful project Gail, yours is even larger. You have great imagination and skills.

  7. Tan práctico como bonito y original.

  8. I love that you take picture of things in stores for future projects, Gail. I do the same thing! Yours is much better than the original!

  9. Love the pop of color used and so creative to use for outdoor parties.
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  10. Your caddy looks awesome especially in your signature color! You're ingenuity always surpasses me. Thinking of using the hanger the way you did and how to attach the cans....just goes right over my head. Poof, there it goes.

  11. This is so clever, a fab upcycle and such a lovely vibrant colour too.

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  16. I recently purchased the Cord Wrapped Tin Can Flatware Caddy and it's a charming addition to my dining setup. The rustic design with cord wrapping gives it a unique and artistic touch. However, the tin can's edges could be smoother for safer handling. The caddy easily holds utensils for a small gathering, but might be too compact for larger events. Overall, it's a quaint and functional piece that adds character to my table arrangement.
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  18. The tutorial on creating a Cord Wrapped Tin Can Flatware Caddy is a creative and eco-friendly way to repurpose tin cans into a functional and charming flatware organizer. It includes a list of materials needed, step-by-step instructions, and accompanying images. The caddy serves a practical purpose and adds a touch of handmade charm to gatherings and events. It can be used for organizing office supplies, wine bottles, or even as a wine bottle holder. The tutorial encourages choosing a cord color that complements the decor or event theme, using jute twine, yarn, or fabric strips for a different texture, and taking time when coiling the cord around the can. It also suggests filing down rough spots on the cans to prevent sharp edges and adding an extra layer of cord for stability. The tutorial also encourages involving kids in crafting, but cautions against using hot glue or sharp tools. northern virginia personal injury attorney

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