If you’re a coffee drinking family you’re missing out on all kinds of cute stuff for your home if you’ve been throwing the empty cans away! The cans can be turned into bird feeders, card holders, and oh yeah, beautiful umbrella stands. If you’ve got three empty coffee cans you’re all set! In no time you’ll have an umbrella holder, for the porch or living room, that will hold several dripping umbrellas. The umbrella stand can be made to match or coincide with any decor theme.
Use three empty 3-lb metal cans to make the stand. The bottoms should be cut out of two of the cans but left in place on the third can. Set the can with the bottom on a flat surface. Balance one of the other cans on top of it. Temporarily wrap masking tape around the seam where the cans meet. Now stack the last can on top of the middle one and tape it in place. Even though the tower of cans might not be that stable for now it will become more secure as you continue the project.
You can use three flat sticks, like yardstick pieces, to give the umbrella stand more strength. Or, wait until after the fabric and such is added to the stand, to see if it needs more security. If using yard stick pieces, or something similar, simply hot glue them inside the cans, evenly spaced.
Wrap a piece of foam around the cans to give it a cushy look. Just glue the foam around the cans and trim off any excess. If not using foam move on to covering the cans with cloth. Choose the fabric you’ll use and cut it to a size slightly longer and slightly wider than necessary. If using a foam wrap measure the can tower after the foam has been applied.
Glue the fabric around the cans by using hot glue to secure it around the top and the bottom. Overlap the seams. Use ordinary glue for the seam. When the cans are covered you can then use a decorative edging to cover the raw edges of the fabric.
Roping, ribbon, narrow lace and similar items work great for edging. Glue the edging in place and trim away excess. The outside of the umbrella stand is then finished. If the stand feels pretty sturdy you’ll simply cover the inside of the can with felt or fabric. If it needs to be more secure glue the supports on at this time.
Felt works well to cover the inside of the umbrella stand but you can also use fabric or even cardboard. It will help to roll the length of fabric into a tube shape before inserting it into the stand. Place the glue down the inside of the cans, lay the very end of the felt in the glue, then begin adding more glue while unrolling the felt. Take time to smooth the felt over the flat wooden supports inside. Weight the stand down, if needed, by placing a few rocks in the bottom. Other choices include bags of marbles or even sand.
When you’re finished creating the umbrella stand there are any number of things you can do to enhance it. If you’ve used a foam wrap for the umbrella stand it won’t be as easy to add ordinary embellishments. Instead of roping around the top of the padded stand you can tie a beautiful ribbon. Stand that have no padding are much easier to embellish. Magnetic items stick to the fabric-covered cans so refrigerator magnets can be used to decorate. Or, you can paint and glue on wooden shapes of hearts, stars, pets or other choices. There are any number of designs you can make depending upon the embellishments you use.
Make a miniature version of the coffee can umbrella stand by eliminating the top can. These stands are perfect for a young child’s bedroom. Purchase fabric in cartoon character themes or other designs to match the child’s decor. The umbrella stands are really easy to make and look much nicer than you can actually imagine.