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Pinup Containers Craft

Pinup Containers Craft

These handy holders, based on one made by crafty blogger Brittni Mehlhoff and featured on her site,, make a welcome addition to an office or kitchen. Thanks to a double layer of cork, they also serve as miniature bulletin boards. If you like, make a desk set with a pencil holder and a vase and add a scatter of pretty tacks so that the recipient can pin up a picture of her favorite person (aw, shucks).


  • Colored or patterned duct tape
  • 14- or 15-ounce can, washed, dried, and label removed
  • Thin cork sheets or roll (such as Darice 12- by 24-inch roll, available at craft stores)
  • Tacky glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Hole punch
  • Decorative paper
  • Thumbtacks


  1. Fold a strip of duct tape over the can's top rim (if the rim is sharp, this should be an adult's job). Wrap another strip around the can's bottom portion.
  2. Cut a 3-1/2- by 20-inch rectangle of cork. Adjust the size as needed to fit your can. (It should be long enough to wrap around the can twice.) Run a thick line of glue along one narrow edge of the rectangle, then lay the can over the glue. Roll the can along the cork, adding another line of glue every couple of inches. Run a last line of glue at the cork's edge, then wrap the container with rubber bands to hold the cork in place until the glue is dry.
  3. Use a hole punch to cut circles from decorative paper and glue them to the heads of the thumbtacks.