Hot Glue And Felt Shapes On Can-Canvas

It’s super simple to make customized can-canvas holders even if you don’t have painting supplies on hand. In this post, we’re going to chat about some thrifty options you can use in your project—all held together with hot glue.

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What You’ll Need For This Can-Canvas Design

This design would be great for anniversaries, Valentine’s day, or anyone who can’t resist hearts. What’s more is it’s super easy to make!

Start with these items:

  • Craft felt scraps (in two colors)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Can-canvas of your choice
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lace for the top edge (optional)

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I especially love this list of supplies because I was able to find almost all of them at a neighborhood yard sale. I even had the tools already, which made this an affordable way to craft. However, a dollar store or craft store will also have these supplies if you need them. 

How Do I Start?

Step 1:

You’ll begin by cutting a heart out of each felt scrap you have. The one you want on the top should be the smaller heart while the second one is the larger heart. If you aren’t the best at free-handing your hearts, try tracing them on the back of the felt in pencil. That way it’ won’t show up on the final product.

In my case, the small heart was red while the large heart was white. I chose this order because I was working with a red Can-Canvas cooler, and wanted some contrast between the red hues. White felt was what I had on hand, and it is a great way to set off the heart pattern.

If you opt for a white cooler instead, you might reverse the order of the hearts. You could also mix it up entirely and go for a neon theme or simply go with your favorite colors. Get creative!

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Step 2:

After you cut out your heart shapes, double check to make sure you can see both colors when you stack them! I needed to trim the red one a bit.

Around this time, I started heating up the hot glue gun on the side of my work space. I always place a piece of cardboard or cardstock underneath it to catch any drips of glue. I also keep a small bowl of cool water nearby just in case.

If you’re using lace on the top edge of your can cooler, you can cut it to the length you need now; that should give the hot glue gun time to heat up.

Test it on the piece of cardboard beneath it. As long as it flows well, you’re ready to go!

 

Step 3:

Glue the hearts together first. Try not to touch the glue with your fingers. A toothpick might come in handy to break the “glue pull” if you have trouble!

Keep in mind with this adhesive, you don’t need a lot to make it stick. I usually err on the side of caution by using less than I think I’ll need because I can always add a few dabs in places I missed.

Next, glue the heart stack on the can cooler. I centered mine in the front with the seam of the cooler in the back.

 

Step 4:

I also added white lace to my Can-Canvas. I think it adds a little extra flair, but if you leave it off, it’s not a big deal.

diy drink holder

When adding the lace, I glued on the back seam of the drink holder first. Use a small dot of glue—about 8 for the whole rim of the holder—and space them out evenly. This way you don’t have a ton of extra glue on your project.

Once your project dries, you’ll also be able to remove any strands of hot glue that resulted from “glue pull.” It’s the finishing touch to your customized cooler!

Mix It Up!

Earlier I mentioned you could get creative with this project. There are a few variations you might consider doing:

  • Use a stack of three or four hearts—the more the merrier, right?
  • If you don’t have lace, try using a coordinating strip of felt on the rim of the cooler.
  • Add extra embellishments like beads, buttons, or sequins for maximum flair.

No matter how you customize your drink holder, share your results with us on Instagram @TahoeBay. We’d love to see what you made!

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