Rustic Recycled Aluminum Can Organizer

Starting with the sides of an old barrel, some tin cans, and a couple of screws...

wooden barrel piece with 2 aluminum cans

A rustic, recycled organizer is born...
this one sided organizer can sit on a shelf or with a hole drilled into the top can hang on the wall.

barrel piece with cans and wooden pieces

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The perfect handle is built into the barrel sides.

side view of wooden barrel piece with aluminum cans

The double sided organizer is great for school or craft supplies and can sit out on the table for all to reach.

2 photos of how the organizer was built with labels

It is the perfect rustic solution for the homework center.

can organizer filled with school supplies

Or how about one of them as the ever popular silverware caddy.

barrel piece with cans filled with silverware


can organizer filled with napkins and silverware

can organizer filled with silverware

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Can organizer with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. That is awesome! I need to make one for my cutlery - great idea ;-)

  2. Okay, I vote for the silverware organizer! LOL! You're amazing, lady! I wold have never thought of that even if they had been propped up next to each other. I'm going to bed now........and pray for some talent.

  3. Great idea! Making one with two big cans for my husbands tools for projects outside of the barn. Thanks

  4. And adding the little number tag is the frosting.


  5. Great idea for re-using cans. I can see my making these for my garden workbench next year. I'm popping over from Sew Darn Crafty.

  6. how fun Susan! love your organizer. are YOU as organized as you seem? my stuff is all over my house!


  7. Is there just the one screw in each can? Are they stabilized at the bottom also, and if so, how?

  8. 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

  9. This is perfect! I've got plasticware sorted in plastic cups. This is SO MUCH BETTER! Thanks for the awesome idea!!


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