My mom made me these fantastic map coasters out of a Martha Stewart magazine. I absolutely love them! Quickly, I found I needed a place to contain them to keep them from getting lost. I have cats and these are the exact sort of things they like to hide places. I found this old coffee can in my grandparents’ basement (the same basement I rescued Tiki Man from!) and thought it would be perfect! It was relatively easy to make as long as you have the right tools. It has become one of my nephew’s favorite toys as well! It can be a drum…holds things…makes a pretty cool noise when dropped on the ground…all the things that are important to an 11 month old! Basically, I have found it to be quite resilient! I made this project a while ago, so I apologize for not having all the pictures.
- Clean metal coffee can large enough to fit your coasters (I’m sure you can use a plastic one, but I think the metal ones look cooler)
- Permanent marker (optional)
- Saw able to cut metal (and all the safety precautions that are used with metal working)
- Metal file (optional)
- Electric tape in fun complimentary colors
- Decide how tall you want the final container to be. My container is about 2-1/2″ tall. There just happened to be a ridge at this height, so that’s where we cut it. You may choose to draw a line around the container to make sure you cut a straight line.
- Clamp the container down and start sawing! My husband actually used a band saw for this part. Electric toys are not my friends. I have cut through a few too many extension cords.
- You may want to use a file to get rid of any particularly rough edges. I skipped this step and went straight for the electric tape as it covers up the rough edges nicely!
- Wrap the top edge of the can with electric tape. I chose black and green to compliment the rest of the can. Thin strips of duct tape would probably work for this step as well, but I used what I had on hand.
- Your coaster container is complete!