Cheap Office Organizer Out of Tin Cans

I have a quick, cheap, and easy project to show you today, but first, breaking news…

I went on a little getaway with my daughter (that’s not the breaking news part).

She needed to go out of town to take some classes for her job, and I went with her.

Be patient…that’s not the breaking news part either. 🙂

When we arrived at our hotel, they gave us the usual card key for our room, and as I stood in front of our room’s door, I couldn’t figure out how to get in.

I looked for the swiper thing that’s usually on hotel room doors, and there was none.

This is the breaking news part…

I stood there feeling dumb, until my young smart daughter took the card, and just waved it at a little black box above the handle.

Am I the last person to know about waving room keys?

Don’t ask me why, but I thought that was cool.

Seriously, I think I need to get out more often!

Okay, back to my cheap, easy project …

This week I’ve been turning one wall in my she-shed into a home office space, and I needed an organizer to hold my pens, scissors, etc.

Not wanting to spend money, I used my favorite cheap supplies – tin cans and scrapbook paper.

Save empty tin cans to use for inexpensive home decor and craft projects -

In the past, I’ve decoupaged the paper onto the cans, but this time I wrapped the paper around the cans, adhered it closed with strong double-sided tape,then taped natural twill tape (affiliate links) around the top and bottom.

Repurposed tin cans office organizer

I put them inside an old crate, where there’s room for a few other things too.

I may hang the crate on the wall, but right now I just have it sitting on an old table I’m using as a desk.

I love the floral paper I used, but if I ever get tired of it, I can just take it off and use different paper.

Turning tin cans into desk organizers is a cheap, but pretty way to get desk clutter under control -

In other breaking news, my son tried to explain how to play Pokemon Go … and I almost understood it! 🙂

Turn tin cans into cheap, but pretty farmhouse style desk organizers -

You can see all of my past tin can crafts HERE.

Vaya con Dios,


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  1. Marlene Stephenson says

    It is hard to keep up with all the technology they have out there, my grandkids are smarter than i am. I am going to save some tin cans for this cute project. Thanks Angie.

  2. Great way to reuse those old cans, Angie!
    Haha, I probably would have done the same thing. They may be smarter, more efficient, and safer, but I’ll never forget those old keys attached to the plastic key fobs with the hotel name and room number, lol.

  3. mare williams says

    I absolutely love your cheap office organizer, Angie!!!!! I ALWAYS love what you do with cans, honestly 🙂

  4. Naomi S. says

    Nice! And cheap! And pretty, too! Plus, it doesn’t matter if the inside bottoms get all ink-marked and grungy. I like putting my pens and pencils in ceramic holders but I don’t like the bottoms of them on the insides getting ink on them. Once in a while I have a small plastic container that will fit inside the mug or vase or whatever I’m using, to protect the bottom, but not always. So tin cans are a good solution. I can think of all kinds of different paper to decorate them with. You could use brown paper bags with burlap strips for a rustic look. Or, if you want a more industrial look use ridged cardboard and paint it silver. The sky’s the limit, as they say!

    You got my creative juices flowing, Angie! Thanks!

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