how to: make a pringles can carrying case.

I’m sure it’s occurred to you at some point or another that Pringles cans are useful beyond their ability to live up to the line, *Once you pop the top, you can’t stop*.  I figured out a way to make these cans do a little multitasking for me by making them into carrying cases for my children.

Round up the goodies your kids will want to put in their traveling carrying cases, and measure to see if they’ll all fit.  If they do, hooray!  You win a prize.  Now set them aside and let’s get to work.

For this project you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hole Punch
  • Length of Ribbon {I used about 12″ for each can

Now that you’ve got everything gathered, it’s time to start measuring.

Line up the Pringles can to see how tall it is against the paper.  Measure with your ruler and mark with a pencil.

Now that you have your height, take the ruler and mark the length across the scrapbook paper.  This will be the part you’ll cut off.

Like so.

Now that you have the right size for your can {measure first, wrapping the paper all the way around the can to see if you have any too tall edges; if so now’s the time to trim them off} spread Elmer’s Glue all over the back side of the paper.

Now start wrapping all the way around the can.  If you want extra smooth paper, spread the glue with a paintbrush before you start wrapping so you don’t see the glue lumps.

Voila.  Now you have a scrapbook paper covered Pringles can.  Smooth out the bumpy sections of glue with your hands and let the glue dry for an hour or so.

Now that your can is dry, it’s time to bring out the big guns.  Mod Podge.  You’re going to put a coat or two of this good stuff on top of the scrapbook paper to keep it from ripping & give it a nice sheen.  Paint an entire layer of Mod Podge onto the can and let it dry.  Once it’s dry, paint on another layer.  You can do as many as you want, but we chose two coats.

Once your Mod Podge is dry, punch holes near the top of the can where the lid will go on opposite sides.

Now thread your ribbon from the outside in and tie a small double knot to keep the ribbon from slipping out.  Repeat on the other side of the can, fill up with toys and pencils, put on the lid and you’re done!

Aren’t those fun?  My kids can’t wait to take them in the car for our road trip to California.  I’m excited because they’ll contain their pencils and crayons in one spot and they won’t even have to fight over them because they each have their own.  Hallelujah.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Alix from Modern Kiddo :

    This is totally the CUTEST thing ever…..dumb question, what did you use to clean out the inside of the cans?

    The polka dot ribbon is my fave!!

    • Allison :

      We just ate the chips and used a moist kitchen towel to wipe out the insides, nothing fancy!

      These are perfect for car trips by the way.

  2. Alix from Modern Kiddo :

    My favorite step is “Eat the chips.” Mmmmm. Why are pringles so damn tasty???

    This seems totally perfect for car trips!

    • Allison :

      Any craft that starts with eating chips is definitely a good one!

  3. Marie :

    Super duper cute. And sooo easy. I also love that they each get their own, it’s always about having their own!

    • Allison :

      They love each having their own, and they’re filled with such different things, I love it.

  4. heidi :

    Such a clever idea. I’m doing it soon! What a great reason to buy four cans of Pringles and eat them in a week.

    • Allison :

      I’m not kidding, any reason to buy Pringles is a good one, I just added a bonus at the end for fun.

      My kids love their containers, so it’s totally worth it!

  5. The Lola Letters :

    Ooooo. I LOVE this idea! Doing one as soon as possible!

    • Allison :

      My kids are completely in love with theirs!

    • Allison :

      Do it. Perfect for school supplies, road trip gear, you name it.

  6. Emily MG :

    Love it! I’ll have to remember this for the future. Right now, my kids are pre-schoolers so empty baby wipes boxes are their containers for matchbox cars, etc. Each boy decorated his box with stickers, I wrote their names and now they know they can only take what fits in their box (or less). Plus, I can pre-pack for a restaurant meal by dropping in sippy cups, etc.

    • Allison :

      That’s so clever. What a smart mama you are. I used to love those baby wipe containers for small toys.

  7. kelleynr :

    Now that you have switched sites, I am going to have to re-enter you on my reader because you are not showing as having updates. Glad to know you are doing ok.

    • Allison :

      Please do! I lost so many subscribers in the move, and I’m sick about it!

  8. Mod Podge Amy :

    Love this idea – and I too love the chip eating part. Ranch is my fav – or the cheddar “cheese.” ;p

    • Allison :

      Mom wins, kids win, everyone’s happy. I love projects like that.

  9. Lu :

    Get out! I love it.

    • Allison :

      Isn’t it cool? You’ve got to try it!

  10. Melissa :

    Great idea, Allison! You might want to try PVA glue & a large coarse-bristled brush to glue the paper to the canister. PVA is an acid-free glue that works wonders. It has a slow drying time, great for repositioning paper AND it remains flexible after it dries, AND it’s water soluble. You’d love it.

    • Allison :

      Melissa, this is why I keep you around. You have all kinds of cool artsy and crafty tips and tricks that are totally valuable. Gracias!

  11. Jodie :

    Another fun twist–make the container, find a foam ball the same diameter, slice in half, glue to top and cover with a coordinating fabric. Turns into a great pincushion if you want to make an older kid a small sewing kit.