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How to create your own pretty pen pots

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Looking for things to do with used tin cans instead of throwing them out? Here’s a quick way to turn them into something useful and pretty – pen pots.

Pretty penpots
Pretty pen pots

You will need


Prep: Make sure tins are cleaned inside and out and completely dry before you apply the wallpaper.

  1. Measure the wallpaper against the tin and cut to size. You can use leftover wallpaper for this or buy cut lengths from your Resene ColorShop.
  2. Glue the wallpaper and roll it around the tin. Leave to dry.
  3. Fill with your pens, pencil and highlighters, and enjoy your pretty and tidy desk.

Supplies you will need

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Top tip:  If the leftover wallpaper you have is quite plain you can paint in touches of colour using a Resene testpot. Simply paint in a small part of the design with a small artist paintbrush.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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