Aug 30, 2010

"Soup"er storage idea

Ok, I've been known to re-purpose things before like when I made a tote bag out of business cards for a friend.  Or when I made candy dishes from gladware packaging. (I'll show that one soon - stay tuned!) You get the idea.  Anyway, it's just the way my mind works, I see something for what it is but then my mind switches gears and starts designing what it could be. 

That's what happened with my project for today.  It actually came out of need.  I don't like stacking my cans.  They never stay orderly.  They always fall over.  Or they get pushed to the back of the cupboard and I forget what I have and it BUGS me.  So, I made this.


Yes, I know you can by self-rotating Can Stackers for food storage but the small ones are $32 and frankly, I'd rather make my own and so that's what I did.  I had everything on hand except for the soda so the out-of-pocket expense was $3.50.  Here's how I did it....


 1- First, I needed an empty fridge pack of soda.  My kids were thrilled to find rootbeer in the fridge.  I  bought it specifically for the packaging - is that wrong?  Not really, just backwards, I guess.


2- On the back end of the container I cut out a space that is large enough to put a can of soup in.


3- I grabbed some decorative paper (I used about 3 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper)  and folded it into place to cover the box.  I put everything in place, creased my edges and cut out my opening to fit the one I had cut in step 2.  Then I just took some Mod Podge and glued all the paper into place.  I did the back end of the box first and let it completely dry.

4- Once the back end was done drying, I grabbed another piece of paper and repeated the steps until the front part is covered.  And, just to make it more decorative, I used a coordinating paper for the front.

5- Then I added a label to the front and added a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing - this gives it a little more strength and will keep the papers from tearing.


So, that's it.  To use it, I just always add my soups to the back and take from the front, that way they are properly rotated.  And, the best thing, I don't have to stack my soups anymore.  Plus, each soup flavor is kept together which means no more hunting through my pantry for the flavor needed.  I can have a box for chicken noodle, cream of chicken, corn, peas, whatever... And, I can make as many as I need and my cupboard is organized.  Yahoo!

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62 comments:

Courtney said...

Wow! What a great idea! I'm going to feature this over at my blog with a link back to you :)

Lorie said...

That is brilliant!! Why didn't I think of that!!

Janiece said...

the fridge pop boxes will not be an issue here...I love this!
I hope mine turn out as cute as yours.

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Becky said...

I love it!!!! We recycle our soda boxes but this is an even better recycling!

Thanks for sharing.

Cassie said...

Genius!!
Fo Sho.
=)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

how creative! great job
gail

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!!!

Loralynn said...

I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to implement it for my pantry!!! Thanks for the tute!

Jenny said...

Why stop at soup? You could use this for all canned goods. What a great idea!

Smita Srivastava said...

What a great blog ... love ur ideas !!! The paper roll pumkin is truly amazing !!!

- Smita
littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
( fun food ideas for picky eaters)

A Mom's Choice said...

This idea totally rocks. I know what I'll be doing with my next boxes of soda pop. Now I can do it for free. Thanks for posting this.

Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

This is a great idea, thank you for sharing. I featured it on my blog and posted a link back to you!

Alice Wills Gold said...

Ingenious!

Pokeedottie said...

WOW! what a cool idea. I made on tonight out of another shape of pop box..Have not decorated it yet, was too excited and in a hurry to load it up and put on my pantry shelf! No more being attacked by soup cans!
Thanks again!

Sherry Hefner said...

I love your creativity! This is such a great project....I saw the link for your site on Facebook. I will be visiting you more often. Looks like you have lots of wonderful things to share!

Tidbitz said...

How imaginative, and perfect. I can feel better about these boxes now that I know what to do with them! Thanks!

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Dee said...

Have you tried to use this with the slightly bigger cans? We eat a lot of the Chunky soups. I'm wondering if they'll fit.

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cursivearts said...

I've personally been known to use old soda boxes for plastic bag holders. It works just as well as the ones that cost 20$ at the store!

LyndaKay said...

I'm in awe of creative and smart people. Just became a follower!

3LittleMonkeys said...

Oh my freaking goodness! This will so help me organize my can goods.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I was doing pretty much the same thing with contact paper....yours looks nicer though. The next one I will decorate like yours. I took a soup can label, cut it down and put it on contrasting paper and used clear packing tape to put it on the front of the box. Just an idea.....Thanks for sharing.

Crafty Jac said...

Linked up to my blog: http://jacquelyncrafts.blogspot.com/. I am the only follower but at least I will be able to find it!!!

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Draco and his Mom said...

This is such a great idea...I am going to use it for "whatever" soup...just put a variety in and then use whatever comes up in rotation.

Cowie Kaunweigh said...

Just One Word......BRILLIANT !!!

Laura said...

Can I share a photo from your post along with a link back as part of a weekly series I do called fab five. Email me back at laura@realmomkitchen.com

Aimee @ Just Kidding Around Atlanta said...

Love this so much! After I saw it on pinterest, I made a similar one using chalkboard spray paint! thanks for sharing this wonderful project!!

Aimee @
justkiddingaroundatlanta

Anonymous said...

This is too cool! And very frugal! Awesome idea! Also, if you decide you don't want it anymore, you can recycle...and not be out $30!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

This is too cool! And very frugal! Awesome idea! Also, if you decide you don't want it anymore, you can recycle...and not be out $30!

Lil' Daily Deals said...

I love this idea. I may try Painting my box instead. Thank you for sharing :)
http://www.lildailydeals.com/

Savings Adventures said...

Great idea, though it seems there might be a bit of a design flaw. Normal can holders have the spot for the new cans to go into on the top front. This allows the older cans to be down on the front bottom, newer cans on top front, but unreachable. Your design would put the newer cans on top of the older cans, which are on the bottom, behind the front panel with the name. I guess you could just push the top can back to grab the bottom one. But it does at least keep them much more organized than just stacking them

Veronica said...

So I modified the box to fit on my pantry shelves which was incredibly easy to do but as a warning to anyone doing this project, this really only works for cans up to 10.5 ounces. I don't have any 12 ounce cans so I can't say if it would work but I imagine it might since the box is intended to house 12oz cans. If you're wanting to but 14oz tomatoes or 15oz canned veggies or legumes it doesn't work as well because the cans are too big.So while this is a neat idea, I don't think it will work for me without modifying the box a lot more since we don't use very many canned soups in that particular size. Great tutorial though and a wonderful solution for those that needed a solution for 10.5oz cans!

Customized Creations said...

I love this! I need to save this for next month on my blog and link back to you! Thank you!

Millicent said...

LOVE this!!!!!! I just posted it on my blog--we are always looking for thrifty ways to organize!!!!
Thanks!!!!

Kristin Whitehead said...

Wow I LOVE this idea and I am definitely going to try it!!

Megan said...

Linked to this from our blog at www.sistersshoppingonashoestring.com. Our readers will love this! (and I spent way too much time checking out some of your other crafts...and dealing with my feelings of crafty inadequacy!) Thanks for sharing a great project!

myfirstbaby said...

Just did mine. Had to cut it down because my cabinet is very small. :( Mine didnt turn out as cute as yours.. Its all lumpy and bumpy.. But, it will get the job done. :)

Meg said...

This is great! Showed it to my husband when he asked why I was saving the boxes. He came up with a "man version" - ducktape instead of paper, etc! They do sell some funky patterned tape these days. Of course, that ups the cost of the project though.

Hank said...

I think the real 'man version' is at http://www.providentliving.org.nz/book-shelf-can-dispenser/

Your design looks wonderful.

Another design is on this page ...http://www.providentliving.org.nz/food-storage/ though harder to make than your wonderful design.

Creative thinking!

Amy Anderson said...

I have to say - this is BRILLIANT!

Eileen said...

Great ideas. I posted your blog link too!

Laura @ Laura Williams Musings said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing this!!

Dee Ann said...

I tried this idea because I was tired of my cans falling over too. Instead of using paper and modge podge I am using the decorative duct tape and taping the boxes all over. It works well. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

that would work great....if we drank pop :S

Shannon said...

Working on these today and they are not turning out as pretty as yours! Lol

Jayne said...

Another one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" ideas. thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

OMG. Brilliant. I'm going to go see if this will fit in my cabinet RIGHT NOW. I just put away all the groceries and was super frustrated with the state of disorganization of my cabinets! (already have plenty of the boxes waiting to be recycled!)

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! Thinking I might add a wedge in the back end of the box to move the cans forward as you put them in. Of course, you still can't stack one on top of the other without blocking the entrance. Still inventing....

Freetail Therapy said...

This is BRILLIANT! I just got some awesome deals on fridge packs of sodas, so I will be doing this very soon! Thanks for the idea!

pantry storage cabinet said...

What a genius idea - absolutely love it!!!

Melissa said...

What a great idea! =)
Found your blog on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!
Melissa

Anonymous said...

this is so smart :D - REALLY - thanks, needed this

Tammy said...

Fabulous reuse repurpose project.

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Marianne said...

Great, now I feel like an idiot for not thinking of this myself! I am a Diet Coke-aholic and I am constantly throwing these containers away. Thanks for a great tip!

Nancy said...

Great site! Found the link in an email from Food Now. I'm in the process of making several of these - waiting for them to dry. Used cheap wrapping paper to cover and think it will work due to Mod Pog coating. Recycle all cardboard (and everything I can) so always have soda boxes around. Thanks for the great idea!

Tere said...

We have always recycled our boxes (actually, my husband fishes them out of OTHER recycle bins because he does bottle and can redemption as a hobby but makes pretty good money!) and tears the carton up for the Coke Rewards numbers. NOT anymore! With us saving milk containers for seedlings, and now these cartons, OUR recycling will be almost empty now! (BTW, what's funny is when people come fishing in OUR bin to see if WE have cans. Our state doesn't redeem water bottles, so we have NOTHING like this in our bins -- WE don't drink soda!)

Off The Creek said...

What a FABUOLUS IDEA !!!!! Thanks !