Easy Scrap Fabric Yo Yo Can Upcycle Tutorial

DIY Borei Design Recycled Fabric Yo yo Can Craft Tutorial



The craft tutorial I decided to share with you could not be easier or cheaper and involves something we all have plenty of laying around the house: cans!

Cans can be recycled in a gazillion ways to use for organization.  Today I'm going to show you how I recycled a peanut can with (all) scrap materials to help combat the loose coin battle around my home.  My hubby and kids are bad about leaving coins here, there and everywhere when emptying their pockets. I have found that by having a designated change can it cuts down on me constantly having to pick it up and also having to search for it when my children need it for the vending machines at school, games, practices and etc.  Outside of change, you can also recycle cans for the purpose of organizing a gazillion other items such hair brushes, pens, paintbrushes or etc.  I chose to use a peanut can for this project but a coffee can would also work. Here's how I did it.


Recycled Can Supplies

First I peeled off the paper label and found cardboard underneath.  I decided to roll with it and use it in the design. If the can you are using does not happen to have cardboard underneath you can easily recreate the look with a thin piece of cardboard (such as the inside of a cereal box), brown craft paper or even by recycling a brown paper bag.  Just cut a strip of the paper or cardboard the size of the can, wrap and adhere with craft glue.

Can ready for recycle.


I then took a piece of leftover scrap book paper and added two pieces to each side using craft glue. Any type of decorative print pages can be used such as wrapping paper or even pages from an old paperback that's ready for recycle.  I cut the paper slightly shorter than both the width and length of the can and glued them to each side leaving an open space between on both ends to create a "paneled" look.

Adding paper panels to can.

To make the decorative fabric yo-yos for embellishment, I cut out circles from some scrap pieces of burlap and plain white fabric.  I made the burlap circles slightly larger than the white ones.  To create your circles you can use a compass to create a paper pattern to trace around on the fabric or simply trace directly on the fabric around small round items laying around your home, such as some fingernail polishes, shampoo or etc.

Cutting circles for fabric yo-yos.

I chain stitched large stitches around the outside of each circle.  Normally I would use a coordinating thread but for the purpose of this tutorial I used red so you can see my stitches...no fancy stitch work is necessary.  Make sure not to knot or cut off the thread once you have completely stitched around the boarder.

Chain Stitching Fabric Yo-yos

Next I pulled the thread tight (pulling the needle away from the fabric) causing the fabric to gather in the center of the circle.  I then knotted the thread and clipped off the excess.  This creates a fabric yo-yo.

Finishing fabric yo-yos.

I then layered my yo-yos with the larger on bottom and a button on top and sewed all together with a few stitches.  You could also simply glue it all together with hot glue if desired.

Creating a layered fabric yo-yo with button.

I attached my finished yo-yos to the can using hot glue.  

Attaching fabric yo-yo with hot glue.

Next I created a recycled tag to label the can's purpose.  I painted on old business card on both sides with chalkboard paint.
Creating a recycled chalkboard tag.

Once it was dry, I cut it in half, wrote "loose change" on it using a chalk marker and added a hole to the top using a hole puncher.  I then tied the tag around the yo-yos with a piece of jute string and the can was complete.  

I'm super happy with how it turned out and the best part of all is that my kids and hubby have actually been using it! Score!

For even moree recycled can tutorials be sure to check out my post The Great Tin Can Gathering: A Gazillion & One Amazing Upcycle Projects.

DIY craft how to tutorials for recycled can craft projects.

Or you check out other types of containers I've recycled for reuse around the home such as these.

How to recycle candy packs to organize small items.


How to recycle ice cream buckets into storage totes.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, thanks so much for stopping by and happy upcycling! 


How to recycle a tin can with fabric yo-yos into a cute organizer.

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34 comments :

  1. These are super cute! Great decor idea!! I'm asking bloggers to share their tin can DIYs this month at a new monthly Create With Me party and I would LOVE to see you link up!! Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

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    1. Hi Lindi!
      I'm so sorry that I just saw your comment. Somehow I missed it. Please message me through the contact tab, next time you are having a link party and I will be happy to.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and hope to here from you again soon. :)

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  2. This is adorable and such a smart idea - great for gifts - one for loose change, one for pencils, another for a dried flower arrangement.......... love that you are recycling the can and then upcycling stray pieces of fabric! SWEET!

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    1. So glad you liked it, Barbara! If you like upcycled and recycled crafts be sure to stop by again. I'm always up to something that usually involves me digging through a recycling bin for materials. lol

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  3. oh, I LOVE THIS and well, my life could use some 'adorable organization' !! So easy and super cute!

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    1. So glad you liked and it thanks so much for stopping by, Kimberly! I have three teenagers so I totally understand the need for all the organizational help you can get. :)

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  4. These are very creative. I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. So glad you liked it, Amanda. It's super easy. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. :)

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  5. Really cool. I wish I was crafty.

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    1. Of course you can be crafty! :) Just pick a project you're comfortable with and go for it. You can do it! :)

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  6. Those button accents are cute!

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    1. Thank you! I bought a huge pack of brown buttons in various sizes several years ago and found these leftovers in the bottom of a hat box. They just happened to be the perfect size to top off the yo-yos. :)

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  7. Love this! I have so much extra fabric laying around I need to use!

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    1. So glad you liked it, Brooke. I have oodles too and I'm always looking for new ways to use it. Please be sure to stop by again. :)

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  8. What an adorable and creative idea! I usually throw out my unused scraps of material!!

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    1. What I usually try to do is look at whatever scraps I have left over immediately after I finish one project to see if they can be used in another to try to help cut down on waste and clutter. So glad you enjoyed! :)

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  9. This is really cute :) I love this idea. :D It makes a nice gift idea too

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    1. Thank you, Ronda! So glad you enjoyed. Please be sure to stop by again. :)

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  10. Such a fun tutorial! Thanks for sharing xo, sharon

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  12. What a great craft idea! My daughter and I are always looking for something fun and creative to do! This just made the list!

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    1. Awww! Thank you! It's super easy and would make a fun Mom and Daughter project. So glad you liked it and thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon! :)

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  14. Cute! I definitely want to get more into DIYs.

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  15. Cute idea! Will have to try

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  16. This is so super cute :) Sometimes I wish I were more of a DIY person. I see the best ideas.

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  17. This is such a cute idea!

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