Make these tin can and rope utensil holders for a western themed party or a backyard BBQ! They’re so cute and SO easy. This is truly a 10 minute craft that yields fabulous results.

My 11 year old had a great time making these. I’d recommend this craft for ages 8 and up. Younger kids may need some help, but it’s still a quick and easy project. This would be an excellent craft for a summer camp!

This project is part of our series on western crafts. If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you know that we live in Texas and that my youngest son is an aspiring rancher. We love all things cowboy and western!

I created a Cowboy, Cowgirl, and Old West Learning Pack with lots of math and language activities for kids in the upper elementary grades, and now we’re adding crafts and hands-on activities to go with that.

Supplies Needed for Tin Can and Rope Utensil Holders:

  • Twine or rope
  • Empty, clean tin cans
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft bells – optional

Use hot glue to attach your rope to the can. Start by gluing the end of the rope to the can. Then add more hot glue, and then wrap the rope.

We found that it worked well to glue 2-3 wrappings at a time. Add some glue, wrap the rope, add more glue, etc. until the can is covered.

We put all our glue dots on one side of the can. Then it’s easy to make that the BACK side, and the glue will never show. Glue on just one side is enough for the rope to hold well.

Once you’ve finished gluing the rope, trim the end. Position the rope so that both ends are on the back of the can, along with all the hot glue.

Now it’s time to make the cans look cute! Use hot glue to attach some ribbon, putting the seams in the back.

We added a little cow bell to one of our cans, and it’s so cute! I used hot glue to attach the front of the ribbon to the can as well as the back so that the bell would not sag.

Now you’re ready for a party! Use your cans to hold silverware, mints, sugar packets, or anything you need!

Be sure to check out the rest of our western crafts!


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