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Turn Your Old Soda Boxes into Can Rotators!

Who else drinks way too much Diet Coke? Yes, that would be me.  I can admit it.  But now I don’t need to feel so bad about my addiction. We can turn the old boxes into a way to organize all the cans in my pantry.  Yea!!!!  Here’s how to make your own Can Rotators:

Step 1:  On the top of the back end, cut out a space that is large enough to fit a can of soup.  This is where you will fill up your can rotator.

Step 2:   Take some decorative paper (around 3 sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper)  and fold it into place to cover the box.  You can also use wrapping paper. Cut out the opening from Step 1. Then just Mod Podge and glue the paper into place.

Step 3: Once the back is completely dry, cover the front end in the same way with coordinating paper.

Step 4:  Add a label on the front so you know what’s in it and Mod Podge the entire thing.  Simple, easy and no more guilt about my Diet Coke habit.  You can never be too organized!

(You could also just leave the box as is, if you aren’t the crafty- mod podge type. :) )

Anyone else SO excited about this!?!? 

Thanks, ThenSheMade

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52 thoughts on “Turn Your Old Soda Boxes into Can Rotators!”

  1. Such a cool idea! Don’t you love Mod Podge??

  2. Anonymous says:

    OMG! I’m doing this right now. I have so many cans in my stockpile and this keeps them contained, organized and by expiration date! Thank you so much for the idea!

  3. Anonymous says:

    You can find Mod Podge at Walmart or craft stores. But feel free to use the soda box without covering it, or as suggested below, you could paint it.

  4. What a great idea!!! Love way to save and use what we have on hand.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Another way to cover if you are so inclined is to use the Contact Paper that has an adhesive back then wouldn’t have to glue or modge podge. But only use this if you have left over from doing another product. And I have never seen a coupon for this product either. I know when I was a kid my granddmother covered what seemed like everything with Contact Paper. A roll would cover quite a bit and would also coordinate with whatever your decor is. Or you could get the white Contact Paper and have the kids write or draw on it and that way they would feel like they were helping save too. I know there have been several coupons and deals lately on markers of some sort for school.

  6. love this – so cute and a great project to do with my kiddo!

  7. I’m so making this today!! Thank ya!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this wonderful idea, this is gonna help me organizing my pantry. Love it! 8]-l-<

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!! Now I don’t have to go out and but the plastic ones. We drink entirely too much soda and this is a great way to recycle!

  10. Anonymous says:

    why havent i thought of this?!!! i love this idea..

  11. Edna Sjelin says:

    I LOVE this idea! Thanks for posting =) I was just getting ready to toss 2 empty boxes, lol.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is so freakin awesome!!!!! Cannot wait to do this!!!!!!

  13. Chaney H says:

    This is an amazing idea. The ones that people sell online are really big and bulky and this would be perfect for my cabinets in my tiny apartment. Plus they are so cute!!!

  14. So cool!!!! I have always wanted one. of those I see on the extreme couponing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking the same thing. I am not familiar with the mod podge? Anyone out there who can explain this process & any product recommendations (glues etc.) for us? Thanks!

    • Anonymous says:

      Mod podge if a glue like concoction that you can buy at craft stores… I was thinking instead of taking the time to do all that work with paper and mod podge, I could just spray paint the box whatever color I want it to be and then label it with a label maker.

  16. Becki Boyd says:

    love this will try!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea! I can’t wait to get started, thank you for sharing!

  18. Crystal Cox says:

    This couldn’t have come at a more better time. I was cleaning out my grandmothers pantry and threw away 5 large bags of expired food. She said it was difficult for her to keep the “oldest” foods towards the front so she could use them first. I’ve been on the hunt for “food rollers” and this idea is PERFECT! I can’t wait to get started! Thank you!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic Idea, thanks for sharing! I’ve been trying to get ahold of some boxes to make the can rotators you had shown awhile back, but this is going to be soooo much easier!

    Thanks!! :)

  20. NaDell Ransom says:

    Great idea. I’ll have to have my in laws save me some pop boxes. =)

  21. Anonymous says:

    that is a great idea!!

  22. Shannon says:

    This is such a cute idea, I will definitely save my coke box next time I buy some just to do this!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome idea!!! I will definitely be make those!!!

  24. This is a SUPER CUTE idea! Why have I not thought about this sooner!! Thank you, I will start saving those pesky containers!

  25. Anonymous says:

    If you hang it on the wall vertically, it would also make a FABULOUS holder for empty plastic grocery bags!

  26. Ashleigh Copenhaver says:

    Love this and you joined in some of my favorite things….Coke, coupoing and crafting! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing idea!! I definitely try this using my hubby’s beer cartons. Thanks for sharing!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    We don’t buy sodas, but I’m sure I could get one of these from a friend. It’d be great for the all the diced tomatoes we buy (dozen at a time). Cool!

  29. Kari Vidacic says:

    I love this!! Can’t wait to do it since I just stocked up on Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken soup for cooking. Thanks!!!

  30. Heather says:

    But it’s free and awesome with the soup stockpiling lately!

  31. Yeah….but it’s not truely a “rotator” is it?

    • drop the newer ones into the back, and use older ones from the front.not perfectly a rotator, but still great idea!

    • It is if you’re using/eating what you’re saving. The great thing about cans is that they have a pretty decent shelf life, so if you’re not using a lot it’s OK, canned foods last a good while. My mom dates her cans and uses the latest date first. By using a system like this you can be sure that your cans are being used by date and that everything is being rotated the way you’d like them to be. For myself, I have 4 teens…I don’t have to worry about rotating anything- it’s not in the pantry long enough for it to matter. lol

    • Lori Ann Horner says:

      Wow, seriously? You had to complain about a FREE and smart way to store cans?

  32. Anonymous says:

    I love that! I was looking into buying some of those and now I won’t have to. I’ve also been bitten by the upcycling bug. I’ve all kinds of uses for things I would have thrown away before. I really love this idea.

  33. Hope Ciccone says:

    I’m loving this!

  34. Christine says:

    That is such a cute idea! :)

  35. BigFan says:

    KCL – I feel like I should pay you for this idea!!!!!! I’ve been dreading saving up the money to buy one of those big “units” and now…I DON’T NEED TO!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I can’t wait to organize my stockpile!!!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Cool! This prevents an avalanche on the shelf in my pantry if I knock something over :)

  37. Tammy Smith says:

    Great idea!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  38. This is awesome! I never thought about using old soda boxes. I am excited to try this one out. Thanks KCL!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Wow I needed an idea for my cans in my stockpile. They are out of control! Thanks so much!

  40. Annie Bailey says:

    I am! But I still think I need to make some the other way out of cardboard for the other sized cans I have..

    • What other way are you talking about? Do you have a link to share for those of us who are less crafty? I would love to fill my garage with can rotators!!!! Thanks =)

  41. Jay Ayspin says:

    this is one of the most clever repurposing projects i’ve ever seen!

    • Anonymous says:

      If you hang it on the wall vertically, it would also make a FABULOUS holder for empty plastic grocery bags!

  42. ribbet says:

    good idea! good job!