It’s amazing what we can do with things that we’d otherwise consider as trash. If we practice recycling, we’ll be able to lessen the environmental impact of garbage. This is why we continuously look for projects that make use of recycled stuff.  It’s hitting two birds with one stone.

We found this useful little project that turned discarded tuna cans into a storage tower. You can use this to store little trinkets, jewelry, and office supplies. If you have leftover beads, buttons, and other small what-not, store them in here. Attach a label so it’ll be easier for you to find them.

You can use this to store jewelry, office supplies, or other trinkets!
You can use this to store jewelry, office supplies, or other trinkets!

This is a simple project that won’t require much of your time. Start by gathering all the materials and tools needed and you’re ready to go.


  • 4 tuna cans and 4 lids (plus one additional lid if you want a cover on top).
  • 1 rigid plastic straw (inner post)
  • 1 wide smoothie straw (outer sections)
  • Hot glue/gorilla glue/E6000 industrial strength glue
  • White glue
  • White chalk
  • Scrap paper
  • 3/4″ black iron pipe (or whatever height you desire)
  • 2 black iron flanges (make sure they fit the same thread as the iron pipe)


  • Can opener
  • Scissors
  • Hacksaw or bandsaw

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Thanks to Birdz of a Feather for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here