Activity:

Make a Magnetic Spice Tin Pencil Holder

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What You Need:

  • Empty spice tins vertical enough to hold pencils or markers, like colorful Hungarian paprika and English mustard tins
  • Rubber cement or silicone glue, available at the hardware store
  • Round, 1/2" magnets, available in packs at craft stores

What You Do:

  1. Make sure your spice tins are clean and dry.
  2. Remove the top of your spice tin. Most spice tins come with a plastic lid that pops right off. Some have metal tops that you can remove with a can opener.
  3. Glue at least two magnets to the back of each tin. If the height and width of the tin are larger than a playing card, glue on four magnets, one close to each corner.
  4. Wait for the glue to dry thoroughly. Now you can stick your pencil container on the fridge or other metal surface, and pencils will be right where you need them. Use these to keep your writing implements close at hand for grocery lists and art projects.

Use your imagination, and keep an eye out for interesting package designs next time you shop. You’ll find that plastic bandages, old-fashioned candies, and loose tea also come in tins that’ll make more chic-looking magnetic holders.

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