Last year here on Roycycled, we talked about how to make wall pockets out of soup cans. We turned out some great DIY home decor from that project, but I’ve heard from you all that not everyone has the easiest time smashing soup cans made of aluminum. So today let’s do something similar with a much easier material to handle: cardboard.
Today I’ll be using a Quaker Yellow Corn Meal container, but if you don’t have a container like this on hand, I’ve seen similar crafts repurposing paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls as well. Whatever you choose to use, we’ll be upcycling it into a beautiful hanging decoupage pocket planter with a bit of steampunk edge. Here’s how to do it.
Wise Owl’s Clear One Hour Enamel, matte finish
String or bronze chain
1. Remove the lid and base of the can.
Remove the can’s lid. Use your nails to peel up the bottom lip of your can.
Then use a screwdriver to pry out the cardboard base.
You should now have just a hollow cardboard tube.
2. Make a pocket.
Pinch the base of the tube together flat to create a pocket. Think of an open bag of potato chips for the shape.
3. Staple the edges.
Use a stapler to attach the edges that have been pinched together to keep them sealed. If you can, get the staples in the ridge where the edges meet so that they’re less noticeable, but don’t worry about it too much; we’ll be covering all of this up with our decoration anyway, so we can always mask anything we need to at the end.
4. Paint the pocket.
I always paint my decoupage projects in white as a base to help the images I add stand out. You’ll especially want to do this if you’re using a can with anything unsightly or tacky on the cover—like, say, pictures of corn meal and a Quaker man. To make sure all of this is covered up, I’m using Wise Owl chalk synthesis paint in the color Antique Villa, which is a warm white. I used two coats to ensure full coverage. You can also paint the inside of the pocket if you’d like, but I’ll be skipping that step for this project.