Tin Can Pen Pot with Unique Printable Label

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Tin can pen holder with a funky stick on label
Tin can pen holder with a funky stick on label

Get your kids to tidy up their desk by making them a tin can pen pot with unique printable label.

It’s a simple technique, but it works well… what kid wouldn’t want to put their pens into a ‘psychadelic’ tin can pen pot that makes the pens look twisted?

All you need to do is print out my label design, and wrap it around a tin can… a 5 minute job… surely a tidy desk is worth that?

Step by step guide

If you’d like to make your own tin can pen pot (with unique printable label) sign up below and you be sent a link to the artwork.

Also, you may also want to add a raised base to lift the pens higher, it helps with the illusion, just follow the instructions below!

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Here we go…

Print & Wrap
How to make a tin can pen pot wwith unique printable label:  Step 1-2

First, eat the tin of baked beans (it’s nice on toast) and then clean the tin and remove the label.

STEP 1: Download the label artwork and print it onto glossy paper.

STEP 2: Trim it to size, and then glue it around the empty tin can.

Raised base
How to make a tin can pen pot wwith unique printable label:  Step 3-6

STEP 3: To stop the pens tilting over, make an insert from 4 rectangular pieces of card glued together to form a cross.

STEP 4: Cut a long strip of card with glue tabs along one edge.

STEP 5: Glue it onto a card disc that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the can.

STEP 6: Glue the insert onto the raised base and lower them both into the tin can.

Now all you need to do is add pens, try and fill it up, it helps the pens stand upright which creates a better effect.


  • One empty tin can
  • A4 sheet card (210gsm)
  • Paper glue
  • Scissors
  • Compass and ruler.

What will I learn?

1) Creating unique customised containers REALLY will encourage your kids to tidy up after themselves.

2) You can make something beautiful by doing nothing more than wrapping an object with a distinctive label.

3) Visually linking the design of a label to the contents (or function) of the object will enhance the overall effect.

Give it your own twist

Try creating your own label. Draw the design onto plain paper and then scan or copy it onto glossy paper (it looks cooler and is easier to clean).

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Photo of Scott Bedford
Scott Bedford

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