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Picnic Helpers Tutorial


Rachel Griffith of P.S. I Quilt is here to make your picnic or barbecue a little easier with this great craft project using empty aluminum cans. These picnic helpers are perfect for outdoor cooking on the 4th of July!

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ever get tired of your napkins blowing away while you're at a bbq or picnic???
ever need to grab a fork, only to find that they are all inside a baggy and your fingers are covered in bbq sauce???
ever need a place to throw those empty hotdog bun bags until you reach a trash can???
well if you answered yes to any of those questions...this tutorial is SO for you.

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  • assorted fabrics in assorted sizes
  • assorted empty aluminum cans {that have been delabel and washed.}
  • elmer's glue all multi purpose glue
  • craft foam brush
  • scissors
  • bowl
  • wet wash cloth

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first you'll need to pick which fabrics you would like on each can.
you can change your mind later, i certainly did.

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take your first can and brush on some of your glue.
make sure it's not goopy and you smooth it out.
{this picture was taken right before i smoothed out that big goopyness.}

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take your first piece of fabric and apply it to your can, folding over into the inside.
make sure that you smooth out the fabric as you go.

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you're gonna keep overlapping your pieces like so until your top is covered.

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then you're gonna start with your next row. just like so.

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keep going until all of your can is covered, making sure there aren't any air pockets.

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when you reach the bottom, you'll have overlapping fabric, just like you did at the beginning.
just brush on a nice coat of glue and start pressing the fabric down.

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it's okay to be liberal with your glue here.
just work your glue into all those nooks & crannies.

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you're gonna want to brush a thin layer of glue over the entire fabric covered can.

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take your wet wash cloth and gently pat the fabric so that you don't see goops of glue.

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now make 2 more...you know you want to!!!
and that little whole cloth one...be still my heart.

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now just let them dry in the sun for about 20 minutes.

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and lookie here...no more flying napkins...your forks readily available...and you can throw that empty bun bag right in the empty can until it's time for clean up.

and did I mention these make great hostess gifts for all those bbq's & picnics you're invited to this summer???

hope ya'll enjoy.


For other fantastic picnic essentials, be sure to check out our collection of 7 Picnic Accessories and Essentials!

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