Recycled Patriotic Utensil Holder
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Recycled Patriotic Utensil Holder

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • 10- inch cardboard cake circle
  • 1 recycled paper towel cardboard tube
  • 1 large recycled vegetable or soup can
  • 10- inch square of recycled cardboard
  • Red white and blue paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • White craft glue
  • Star shaped sequins
  • 2 sheets red felt


  • Paint the can with Gesso.
  • Paint the cardboard tubes and the can with white paint.
  • Paint the top third of each tube and the bottom third of the can with blue paint.
  • Glue star shaped sequins to the blue areas of the can and the cardboard tubes.
  • Paint red stripes down the length of the white areas of the cardboard tubes.
  • Cut red felt into 1/2" wide strips. Use hot glue gun to attach strips to the can where the blue paint ends and the white begins, about 3/4" apart. Glue each strip up the sides of the can and down inside the can.
  • Roll up a piece of red felt and place it inside the can to gauge how much you need to line the can. Trim.
  • Cover the inside of the can with white craft glue then place the tightly rolled up felt back inside the can. Loosen the felt and adjust until the felt is snug against the can and pressed into the glue.
  • Place can onto a piece of recycled cardboard and trace the can. Cut 1-inch away from and around that circle so that you end up with a circle of cardboard with a circle draw inside of it. Paint the entire cardboard circle blue. This is the brim of Uncle Sam’s hat.
  • Cover the back of the blue circle with glue stick and press it down onto the upper half of the cardboard cake circle. Glue the can to the center of the blue circle.
  • Glue the cardboard tubes, blue end up, to the white cake circle in front of the can.
  • Fill with utensils!


This project uses a glue gun. To avoid unpleasant burns, please supervise children when using a glue gun, or if the child's age dictates, have a grown up handle the glue gun instead.