How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack

This tutorial is created courtesy of my husband who made me this can rotating rack for a Valentine’s Day gift and agreed to document the process to share with all of you! The great thing about making your own racks is that you can customize the depths to fit your cupboard, and build however many you want for whichever cans you choose to store. Plus they are FREE! Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see a video of my new rack in action.

How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack

Step 1
Print out the shelf diagram (this great diagram comes from the “Pantry Panel” blog). Decide which size you want to make. I opted for the soup can size to start out.

Shelf Plan

Step 2

Take a large cardboard box (either 1-ply or 2-ply) and measure out the pieces you are going to need. We decided to combine the sides and back into one long piece to make it sturdier and have less pieces to glue. We used a carpenter’s square to measure and make straight lines, but any ruler will be just fine. Here’s what our pieces measured as per the diagram:

  • Sides/back combined – 28 3/8″ long x 10 1/2″ high
  • Upper and middle shelves – 9 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ each
  • Bottom shelf 12 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Top front piece 3 1/4″ x 6 1/2″
  • Bottom front piece 1 1/4″ x 6 1/2″

My husband decided to make the two front pieces a little bit taller because he wanted them to wrap underneath the shelves to make them sturdier. So our pieces actually measured 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ and 2 1/4″ x 6 1/2″.  He also recommends adding an extra 1/8″ to each shelf width (so they’d be 4 3/8″) as ours ended up a tiny bit too tight for the can to roll smoothly.

       

Step 3

Cut out all of your pieces using an exacto-knife or other sharp blade. We couldn’t find our exacto-knife so that’s why we used this pocket knife. It didn’t make perfect smooth edges but it worked just fine.  You could actually even use scissors if you want.  If you used a long piece for the side/back pieces then you’ll need to bend the side pieces in to the right shape.  We used our carpenter’s square (ruler) to help bend a straight line.

        

My husband wanted to note here that the bandaid on his thumb is NOT from cutting THIS project.  So don’t worry!

Step 4

Take your side and back pieces (either glued together or folded in) and make sure that your can will fit inside properly.  Then measure 2 3/4″ in from each edge of one side and draw a vertical line on the side pieces. This is how far in the shelves need to be glued so that the can is able to roll through them. The measurement will vary depending on which size of unit you are building. 

         

Step 5

Glue the pieces together. Supposedly you can use Elmer’s glue but my husband was getting irritated that it was taking too long to dry. So he found a tube of caulk (yes we’re the kind of family that has caulk on hand most of the time) and that was faster but still not a great or sturdy long term solution. He highly recommends purchasing a quick-drying tacky or gel type of glue.  Here is the order that we glued the pieces in:

  • Top and bottom shelves glued to one side and to the back piece
  • Middle shelf glued to that same side
  • All three shelves glued to the opposite side
  • Front pieces attached with extra tabs adhering to sides and bottom of shelves

If you didn’t cut the sides and back as one long piece you would need to glue those together first.

       

       

Step 6

Cut some little notches out of the side pieces near the bottom to enable you to pull the cans out more easily (we forgot to do that step before I took these pictures). Put your new unit in your pantry or on a shelf and load it up with cans! YAY!!!

       

In the instructions it says you can paint all of the cardboard pieces but we didn’t feel like taking the extra time and I don’t really care if they look ugly. Plus every time I look at my WonderMill box I can think about how much I love my wheat grinder. Hehe. However, we have heard that they will be stronger if you do go ahead and paint them, so I guess it can’t hurt.

My New Can Rotating Rack In Action!!!

 

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  • Becky S

    Instead of cutting up boxes willy nilly… I say the easiest way to do this project is find a box about the width and height you want. Cut off the top and front opening(s) keep the scraps for the ramps if possible. Measure your cans against the side of the box and draw where you want the ramps to go. Make sure both sides are identical. Cut slits into the box. Slide your ramps straight through the middle and fold extra length down on the outside of the box. If you were particularly flexible, you could staple it together. Less cutting will mean a sturdier box. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • christine clament

    I am going to start making these tonight. Instead of using paint, I plan to cover mine in contact paper when they are done, they will look nicer and I think it will make them even more sturdy.

  • Heather

    Please help. This is probably a dumb question, but I’m having trouble interpreting the instructions. On the “Bill of Materials & Dimensions” under fruit can and soup can in the row labeled sides it looks like there should be 2 different height sides and does the f & b mean front & back? Someone please explain. Thank you in advance.

  • FoolishCop

    Just made one of the soup can boxes. Very cool! My top shelf was a little angled but the middle and bottom are fine so the cans roll right on down now problem. One addition I made was to cut to finger holes just about the bottom face. They look like a quarter of a pizza pie. They allow me to better grab the can so I can easily pick it up from the bottom tray. My ham hands kept getting in the way, but now I’m ever so dainty picking the cans out between thumb and forefinger.

    Thanks for the great idea. I’ve had so much corrugated cardboard laying around that I didn’t want to throw away and now I have a use for it all.

    Rich

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      So glad they are working for you :)

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  • cogrnma

    I used a Planters peanut box, cut the sides down (looks like a magazine holder) on the sides. Store the same kind of soup.

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  • Deborah Jennings

    Pantry Panel blog This blog is no longer available. =(

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiggerstaci Staci Kashow Cobabe

    I used my rotary cutter for fabric and it was PERFECT!!! Also, used hot glue for instant hold…we’ll see how it holds up over time!

  • Tim

    Great storage rack, but don’t forget to write the date on your cans when you purchased them. Like june/2012, this way you know how old the food is when you eat it.

  • Nannaworley

    Your link to the can organizer, is dead. Just thought I would let you know.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      I think they are having technical difficulties, we’ll see what we can find out. Thanks!

  • Slashsplat

    The glue in a caulk-like tube is called “construction adhesive”.  Cut the tip to a very small hole, as you don’t need much.  Also, if you want to use duct tape, get GORILLA TAPE, it will last MUCH longer than the standard stuff, and you can split it in half lengthwise.  It costs more, but works MUCH better.  Regular gray tape will dry out in a year or so.

  • Sarahscott85

    Put two of these together tonight!  Very easy and was able to do it in my livingroom while watching tv.  It’s not extremely pretty, but it works great!  I used a hot glue gun.  Fast and so far holds really well!

    • DARC3353

      I just turned my cardboard inside out so the writing is all on the inside, then the rack is just brown. PLUS, this gives you the same color all over if you decide you MUST paint it (all you OCD’ers like me ;-))

  • Speedy4442001

     OMGosh! This is so perfect! I am getting ready to move into a 33 foot 5th wheel RV with limited space and can customize these to the size I need to gain extra storage! Thank You so much!!

  • Tammy OHagan

    Took me a full 2- 1/2 hours to make one of these… and its a little tight. Hmm

  • Carealmk

    Has anyone tried using these with glass jars?  I am worried that they will smack together and break but I have WAY too many things in jars and no space!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      I wouldn’t try that…. I’m afraid they would break

      • Lori

         Maybe put a rubber band or two around the jars?

    • Bellasmamma55

      You can always make a “Newspaper” sleeve to slip over the jars if you are worried about them banging together and breaking.

      Fold the page from the newspaper until it is the right size to protect your jar and tape it loose enough to slip off and on… like the sleeves they put over coffee cups at Starbucks.

      Storing the Sleeves is easy… flatten them and stick them in a large zip lock bag.

      Hope this helps =)
      I also have a lot of items in my pantry that is in glass jars…more great jars in my pantry for mixes and baked breads mean Less in the landfill… just sayin =)

    • Dotte

      You can cut the tops from your old socks that have holes in the toes and heels and ready to be tossed. The sock tops fit perfectly around the glass jars and protect them from banging together.

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  • :)

    I think I’ll try a glue gun.

  • http://twitter.com/ThsSoldiersWife The Soldiers Wife

    Wow! Hubby and I have a ton of boxes in the garage and now I know what he’s going to be working on instead of playing video games this week lol

  • melanie

    Thank you so much for the plans, I can’t tell you how much we love them! We now have about 22 of them made to hold soups, fruits, and even modified the plans to hold family size cans! We even made a supersize one that can hold # 10 cans vertically! We caulked and painted all of ours and they look great with labels.  The 22 holders take up less than half of the space we were previously using in our pantry, so now we HAVE MORE SPACE! YAY!

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I would love to see pictures of your #10 can version. This all sounds so great. Way to go!

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  • Clementjanice

    Wow , we were just looking for this very thing at the store yesterday. I was hoping for plastic or metal, but hey cardboard and FREE works great for me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/twocuriousgeorge Sonya George

    Aweseom! I am going to give it a try!

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  • Bcmoga

    This is incredibly great!

  • http://www.theoregonducks.blogspot.com Camille

    What a way to be resourceful! I think I’ll save the headache though and stick to my premade ones. Thanks for sharing though!

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  • Nicole Penney

    OMG I THINK I <3 THIS!  Thanks for sharing this!

  • MadClipper

    Thank you SO much for posting these pics and instructions! I made four of them and am just thrilled with the organization.

  • MadClipper

    Thank you SO much for posting these pics and instructions! I made four of them and am just thrilled with the organization.

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  • Bearzhere

    Hmmmmmmmmmm Im thinking instead of glue……………..DUCT TAPE !!! ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/FlybabyJaci Jaci Lapointe

    HOORAY! Love it! Some how cardboard boxes seem to breed in my basement… now I have a use for them!

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  • Suzettebrowning

    Got some boxes a bit larger then vegetable size cans at menards in the plumbing electrical section Just had to add the angled parts. Was having much difficulty with glue so Added small nails through side to hold the Angled shelves. Works good. Holds 11 cans.

    • beingjennifer

      Oh, great idea with the nails! I was thinking of cutting into the boxes at an angle and sliding the shelves (wider than they call for here) in and gluing them in place. I’ll have to consider using the nails instead. TY!

  • di

    My daughter and I made some of these today and they are great! We used duct tape rather than glue or caulk. We adjusted the size to fit the depth of our individual shelves and had an assembly line production going on. She cut and I taped the edges for strength and by the time she had cut everything out we were ready to put them together. By the time we got to the third rack it only took about 40 minutes. My daughter cut out more this afternoon and tomorrow we are going to put those together. I’m so excited to get my shelves in order with these racks!

  • dr

    Thank you for posting this tutorial. I am thrilled! My husband and I found out that the vegetable size works best and he cuts the width of the shelves the size of the can plus 1/4-inch for any size of can measurement. This gives 1/8-inch on each side. We have from vegetable size to 4-oz. cans of green chiles, tomato sauce, tomatoes, rotel, etc. He is going to make a rack for mandarin oranges, mushrooms, and tuna fish. They all rotate well. Also, he cuts the cardboard on his table saw for perfect cuts and we use e6000 glue that you can purchase in craft section of Walmart for $2.97. Three racks can be built from one tube of glue. The racks look great for being made out of cardboard. They have white fronts and I made clear labels with my Dymo Label machine. We have decided that heavy cardboard works and looks the best.

    • Deana Wade

      would love to see photos

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  • PritchettMap

    I would like to suggest using the old political signs made of corrugated plastic instead of cardboard. I have gathered a few signs from the side of the road. I am a single mom, do you think that would work?

    • Wisfritz4

      As long as the signs are not old…even after elections they are still the property and responsibility of the politician. Most reuse them – that is why it is usually their name only.
      –Signed: One who went back for her signs after the election and found they were gone.

    • Signprinter

      try to find a sign supply business or a sign shop in your area. lots of times they have left over scrap corplast (called drops) from jobs. we screen print a lot of the corrugated plastic and always have a few less than perfect pieces left after the job is done. I usually set them out on the road (we live in the country) and stick a sign on them that says “free-good for crafts or targets” and the pile is usually gone by nightfall. signprinter in Raleigh.

  • mrsdragnfly

    Aw man I just bought one of those expensive racks and it does NOT fit my pantry space.So,I am gonna try this using duct tape and left over foam core and boxes…I will let you know if it worked. I think the new duct tape is kinda pretty. Cross your fingers for me.

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  • Old Salt

    You can get all the double-thick cardboard you can carry from the dumpster of any appliance/tv store.

  • Kellenberger60

    Okay I lost it twice. How do I find it again. This is great. I am putting my husband and son on it soon! The cans are everywhere and this would help so much! How many does one box hold? I don’t remember if it told or if it is different for each type of can. Is it one month’s or 2 months worth? One case or two? Thanks.

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    Love this!

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  • http://www.savorthismoment.com Annie

    Love this! We use a lot of canned food, especially in the winter, and stacking it NeVEr works-either the cans aren’t made to stack, or different sizes don’t fit next to each other easily.

  • Hazelthecarmelite

    This is amazing! Thank You so much! I live in a very small apartment and trying to keep enough food in the house so I have what I need when I need it is impossible. I always have projectiles flying at me when I open my cabinets! I have wanted to buy some plastic can rotators But out of desperation and lack of funds I decided to find one to make and this works great! My husband made mine and used hot glue and banana boxes from the grocery store he works at. He has messed with it some and made one that is twice as tall so that I can store alot of cans higher up! Thank You so much! He says that the hot glue is perfect and they are SOLID! I am only painting to make them look pretty as they are really quite sturdy on there own. The cardboard we used is very thick. Thank You again this really is a Big help!

  • Hazelthecarmelite

    This is amazing! Thank You so much! I live in a very small apartment and trying to keep enough food in the house so I have what I need when I need it is impossible. I always have projectiles flying at me when I open my cabinets! I have wanted to buy some plastic can rotators But out of desperation and lack of funds I decided to find one to make and this works great! My husband made mine and used hot glue and banana boxes from the grocery store he works at. He has messed with it some and made one that is twice as tall so that I can store alot of cans higher up! Thank You so much! He says that the hot glue is perfect and they are SOLID! I am only painting to make them look pretty as they are really quite sturdy on there own. The cardboard we used is very thick. Thank You again this really is a Big help!

  • Serena

    I made some deeper can organizers to better use my pantry space. They work great! I just added 5 inches to the length of the sides and shelves. Mark out where the shelves will go on the sides before you assemble the roller. Run a can past to make sure the spacing is right before you glue them down. I made them a little taller too, so I could increase the angle of the shelves to make sure the cans would still roll. Also, another deep-shelf idea, we store 2 liter bottles re-filled with water across the back of all of our shelves. Good use of the space, and not in the way!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSurvivalMama Randayle Greyson

    Beyond brilliant. Thanks to a business-endeavor-gone-bad, I have a TON of priority mail boxes. Guessing I just found a brilliant use for them. Yay!

  • Npp1966

    I had problems with my first attempt but, had an aaha moment while packing a box to send to my son overseas. The apo flat rate large box works well with veggie cans. I ended up with minimum cutting to do and has worked great so far. I’m looking at trying to make a few more with the extra boxes I have on hand as our son comes home soon and this will be the last box sent.

  • Npp1966

    I had problems with my first attempt but, had an aaha moment while packing a box to send to my son overseas. The apo flat rate large box works well with veggie cans. I ended up with minimum cutting to do and has worked great so far. I’m looking at trying to make a few more with the extra boxes I have on hand as our son comes home soon and this will be the last box sent.

  • Guest

    this blueprint is confusing and hard to read..or maybe I'm just tired. I n any case gonna mke 1 tomorrow, I hope. if it works well I'll make more.

  • Guest

    this blueprint is confusing and hard to read..or maybe I’m just tired. I n any case gonna mke 1 tomorrow, I hope. if it works well I’ll make more.

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  • garnet

    Has anyones hubby gotten creative and made these out of wood yet if so I would love a copy of the plans my hubby is getting ready for a SECOND heart transplant in the next few months so I am in a hurry to get these made and up and my food storage put togeather because we will be living on it for a year while he is out of commission and I need to pack as much in my pantry as I can and then some or if someone has a copy of some other plans similar for actual wood I would love a copy if they would be willing to part with them I am capable of making them but need some plans and I cant afford to buy plans AND buy the wood to make them I did try these but they dont stack well from cardboard I have a family of 9 so sturdy is what I need and BIG thanks to all who can or will help

  • garnet

    Has anyones hubby gotten creative and made these out of wood yet if so I would love a copy of the plans my hubby is getting ready for a SECOND heart transplant in the next few months so I am in a hurry to get these made and up and my food storage put togeather because we will be living on it for a year while he is out of commission and I need to pack as much in my pantry as I can and then some or if someone has a copy of some other plans similar for actual wood I would love a copy if they would be willing to part with them I am capable of making them but need some plans and I cant afford to buy plans AND buy the wood to make them I did try these but they dont stack well from cardboard I have a family of 9 so sturdy is what I need and BIG thanks to all who can or will help

    • OldSalt

      Wood is too heavy and expensive. Double thick cardboard is free. Go to the back of any appliance store and their dumpster will be full of it. Lay a piece of hardboard or plywood on your kitchen table for backing and cut the cardboard with a utility razor knife. Several shallow cuts is much easier than 1 heavy cut. Use a carpenter’s square for straight lines. Carpenter’s glue is cheap and works well for the application. Use soup or similar cans to hold the piece in place while the glue sets (5-10 min).

    • Greyfort

      I’m not someone’s hubby – I’m a single woman – but I first thought of doing wood as well (and the plans in my head look similar to what is recommended here) – I’m going to try the cardboard first because the original site said that the woman’s family member that drew up the plans said they have used them for 13 years. Its because of Old Salt’s same comment about the price of the wood that I’m not looking into that any further.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I think you could definitely adjust the lengths, you would just have to experiment with where to glue the inner pieces. My husband could probably figure it out but I”m not that good at that type of project ;)

  • Britty

    is there any way to make some alternations to the depth of how long the rotation rack can be? I have a built in shelves that is 44 inches in depth. Nothing of the rotation rack is long enough.

  • Britty

    is there any way to make some alternations to the depth of how long the rotation rack can be? I have a built in shelves that is 44 inches in depth. Nothing of the rotation rack is long enough.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I think you could definitely adjust the lengths, you would just have to experiment with where to glue the inner pieces. My husband could probably figure it out but I”m not that good at that type of project ;)

    • Serena

      I made some deeper can organizers to better use my pantry space. They work great! I just added 5 inches to the length of the sides and shelves. Mark out where the shelves will go on the sides before you assemble the roller. Run a can past to make sure the spacing is right before you glue them down. I made them a little taller too, so I could increase the angle of the shelves to make sure the cans would still roll. Also, another deep-shelf idea, we store 2 liter bottles re-filled with water across the back of all of our shelves. Good use of the space, and not in the way!

  • http://www.silverbullionworld.com/ Carl

    Thats an excellent idea will have a go at making one of these sometime….

  • http://www.silverbullionworld.com/ Carl

    Thats an excellent idea will have a go at making one of these sometime….

  • http://www.startdreaming.blogspot.com Dee

    This is so cool!!! Thanks for sharing this! I've passed this info on to my hubbie and I hope we can revamp out food storage soon. :)

  • http://www.startdreaming.blogspot.com Dee

    This is so cool!!! Thanks for sharing this! I’ve passed this info on to my hubbie and I hope we can revamp out food storage soon. :)

  • Muzhik

    Another update on using chipboard: I found that chipboard always required gluing reinforcement along the bottom of the shelf; otherwise the shelf will bend too much even after using the latex paint to strengthen it. So, for the shelf parts, I started using thin cardboard such as the tops of pizza boxes (CLEAN! with NO cheese grease stains!). This material is stiff enough not to require reinforcement. I've found I can cut all the pieces out for four or five racks ahead of time on one evening, assemble them the next evening using hot melt glue, and get them all painted the third evening. Another week and I'll have racks ready for ALL my canned goods!

    P.S. — painting them really DOES make them look nicer.

  • Muzhik

    Another update on using chipboard: I found that chipboard always required gluing reinforcement along the bottom of the shelf; otherwise the shelf will bend too much even after using the latex paint to strengthen it. So, for the shelf parts, I started using thin cardboard such as the tops of pizza boxes (CLEAN! with NO cheese grease stains!). This material is stiff enough not to require reinforcement. I’ve found I can cut all the pieces out for four or five racks ahead of time on one evening, assemble them the next evening using hot melt glue, and get them all painted the third evening. Another week and I’ll have racks ready for ALL my canned goods!

    P.S. — painting them really DOES make them look nicer.

  • Mike

    I tried making one this way and though it work it looks like crap and that wasn't what I wanted to see each time I saw my food storage. I just ordered the 5 – 4 packs of these from Can Organizer. Looks much cleaner like what she did for her mom.

  • Mike

    I tried making one this way and though it work it looks like crap and that wasn’t what I wanted to see each time I saw my food storage. I just ordered the 5 – 4 packs of these from Can Organizer. Looks much cleaner like what she did for her mom.

  • Jim Carroll

    @eginos, if you check the dimensions on the shelfplan.pdf, the dimensions listed for the “Side” will be the finished dimensions. If your shelf will hold the “Side” dimension, then the finished product will fit very well.

  • Jim Carroll

    @eginos, if you check the dimensions on the shelfplan.pdf, the dimensions listed for the “Side” will be the finished dimensions. If your shelf will hold the “Side” dimension, then the finished product will fit very well.

  • Jim Carroll

    @eginos, if you check the dimensions on the shelfplan.pdf, the dimensions listed for the “Side” will be the finished dimensions. If your shelf will hold the “Side” dimension, then the finished product will fit very well.

  • Anonymous

    What are the finished dimenstions? I want to make these but am afraid they won’t fit in my pantry and don’t want to go thru all the work if they won’t fit.

  • eginos

    What are the finished dimenstions? I want to make these but am afraid they won't fit in my pantry and don't want to go thru all the work if they won't fit.

  • Care

    Hot glue. We tried to make these with liquid nails and it didn’t work so well. The hot glue worked great. It dried fast and we could lay down a fat line of it to hold the shelf better. Then we ran another line of hot glue along the top and bottom of the seam to reinforce it. Worked great.

  • Care

    Hot glue. We tried to make these with liquid nails and it didn't work so well. The hot glue worked great. It dried fast and we could lay down a fat line of it to hold the shelf better. Then we ran another line of hot glue along the top and bottom of the seam to reinforce it. Worked great.

  • Jim Carroll

    Just an update on my attempts to build can racks using hot melt glue:

    Even though I have LOTS of cardboard boxes in my apartment, only a couple of them would unfold to form a single large-enough piece that I could use, and even these left large pieces that were too big to throw away but not really big enough to do anything else with them. In addition, I could not get the cardboard to fold properly, meaning none of the pieces really fit well together. If I used thinner cardboard, things might be different, but I was using what I had on hand.

    When putting the scrap pieces on my recycle pile, though, I realized I had TONS of another material: chipboard. That’s the type of cardboard that’s used to make cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc. It’s all been building up over winter, because I haven’t been able to haul them off to the recycling center with all the snow. (I don’t have enough dogs to pull the sled, and the cats just glare at me when I try to harness them.) I have successfully made four racks out of old cereal boxes. Here are some tips (you can use any kind of chipboard; I’m making one out of all the Kleenex boxes I saved over the winter; I’m just saying “cereal box” for simplicity):

    1. Start by making templates. Tracing the patterns onto the cardboard goes a lot faster than measuring with a ruler and hoping everything is square.

    2. When you unfold the cereal boxes, you’ll find a lot of folds and a lot of end pieces that aren’t really square. Not to worry. This is what will make the cardboard stronger. For example, when I placed my “side” template on the unfolded cereal box, I placed it so it included the bottom and side flap, the fold for those flaps, and the gap between the two. After cutting the piece out, I took some of the chipboard left over from making the template; placed it over the can rack side so it covered the space between the flaps and as much of the fold as possible, and hot glued the piece to the can rack side. This stiffened the can rack side as well as covered that space between the flaps. This patched side will become the outside of your can rack.

    3. Hot glue large pieces to the other elements that you cut out in order to strengthen them and keep them from “flapping”.

    4. Mark the places on both insides of the can rack sides, where you will be gluding shelves. This will make the gluing process MUCH easier and faster.

    5. I found it easier to start by gluing the lower shelf to one of the sides first. Next, glue the middle shelf, then the back, then the other side. My apartment’s built-in pantry shelves are too short to allow me to put in the upper shelf; however, that is something easily added later.

    6. Make sure the front part of the lower shelf (as well as the front part of the center shelf) meets up to the front of the assembly. This will make it easier to glue the shelves to the fronts covers (the “Upper Front” and “Lower Front”), increasing the stability of the unit.

    7. Painting the assembled can racks with a latex paint will both increase the strength of the unit significantly, and will also cover all the logos and things you might not want people to see about your eating habits, esp. when you’re bringing a new girlfriend to your place for the first time. Sure, the fact that you’re sensible enough to be prepping and organized enough to be rotating your canned goods are both pluses (“Hey, maybe I WON’T have to do his checkbook for him!”), but do you really want her to see how many “Count Chocula” boxes you’ve accquired? (“Those? No, no,… those came from … the neighbor. Yeah. They’re from the neighbor’s kids. It’s a crime what she lets them eat, really.”)

    8. A correction to the sizes I put in my earlier post: Lower Shelf — 4 5/8 x 10 1/8.

    9. Also, to make the “Can Pull Out Notch”, at the front of the side measure 1.5″ and 3.5″; mark. Measure and make a line 1″ in from the front, and then measure and mark 2″ and 3″ along that line. Mark the angled lines from 1.5″ to 2″; then from 3.5″ to 3″, and cut out along those lines.

    Now that I’m practiced, and using the templates, from start to finish takes a little over two hours to assemble a can rack. Painting takes about 45 minutes per coat; two coats minimum. I’m slowly but surely getting rid of all the chipboard that I’ve been accumulating, as well as using up those cans of latex paint that I’ve been meaning to throw out all these years.

  • Jim Carroll

    Just an update on my attempts to build can racks using hot melt glue:

    Even though I have LOTS of cardboard boxes in my apartment, only a couple of them would unfold to form a single large-enough piece that I could use, and even these left large pieces that were too big to throw away but not really big enough to do anything else with them. In addition, I could not get the cardboard to fold properly, meaning none of the pieces really fit well together. If I used thinner cardboard, things might be different, but I was using what I had on hand.

    When putting the scrap pieces on my recycle pile, though, I realized I had TONS of another material: chipboard. That's the type of cardboard that's used to make cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc. It's all been building up over winter, because I haven't been able to haul them off to the recycling center with all the snow. (I don't have enough dogs to pull the sled, and the cats just glare at me when I try to harness them.) I have successfully made four racks out of old cereal boxes. Here are some tips (you can use any kind of chipboard; I'm making one out of all the Kleenex boxes I saved over the winter; I'm just saying “cereal box” for simplicity):

    1. Start by making templates. Tracing the patterns onto the cardboard goes a lot faster than measuring with a ruler and hoping everything is square.

    2. When you unfold the cereal boxes, you'll find a lot of folds and a lot of end pieces that aren't really square. Not to worry. This is what will make the cardboard stronger. For example, when I placed my “side” template on the unfolded cereal box, I placed it so it included the bottom and side flap, the fold for those flaps, and the gap between the two. After cutting the piece out, I took some of the chipboard left over from making the template; placed it over the can rack side so it covered the space between the flaps and as much of the fold as possible, and hot glued the piece to the can rack side. This stiffened the can rack side as well as covered that space between the flaps. This patched side will become the outside of your can rack.

    3. Hot glue large pieces to the other elements that you cut out in order to strengthen them and keep them from “flapping”.

    4. Mark the places on both insides of the can rack sides, where you will be gluding shelves. This will make the gluing process MUCH easier and faster.

    5. I found it easier to start by gluing the lower shelf to one of the sides first. Next, glue the middle shelf, then the back, then the other side. My apartment's built-in pantry shelves are too short to allow me to put in the upper shelf; however, that is something easily added later.

    6. Make sure the front part of the lower shelf (as well as the front part of the center shelf) meets up to the front of the assembly. This will make it easier to glue the shelves to the fronts covers (the “Upper Front” and “Lower Front”), increasing the stability of the unit.

    7. Painting the assembled can racks with a latex paint will both increase the strength of the unit significantly, and will also cover all the logos and things you might not want people to see about your eating habits, esp. when you're bringing a new girlfriend to your place for the first time. Sure, the fact that you're sensible enough to be prepping and organized enough to be rotating your canned goods are both pluses (“Hey, maybe I WON'T have to do his checkbook for him!”), but do you really want her to see how many “Count Chocula” boxes you've accquired? (“Those? No, no,… those came from … the neighbor. Yeah. They're from the neighbor's kids. It's a crime what she lets them eat, really.”)

    8. A correction to the sizes I put in my earlier post: Lower Shelf — 4 5/8 x 10 1/8.

    9. Also, to make the “Can Pull Out Notch”, at the front of the side measure 1.5″ and 3.5″; mark. Measure and make a line 1″ in from the front, and then measure and mark 2″ and 3″ along that line. Mark the angled lines from 1.5″ to 2″; then from 3.5″ to 3″, and cut out along those lines.

    Now that I'm practiced, and using the templates, from start to finish takes a little over two hours to assemble a can rack. Painting takes about 45 minutes per coat; two coats minimum. I'm slowly but surely getting rid of all the chipboard that I've been accumulating, as well as using up those cans of latex paint that I've been meaning to throw out all these years.

  • Anonymous

    got this link from the krazy coupon lady and i LOVE this idea. we are moving and i have a ton of cardboard laying around. i just fnished asking my brother in law where i could take all this cardboard to get rid of it. i think i’m going to be making me, my mom, my sister, and my brother some of these. thank you so very much for the tutorial.

  • tanishaL

    got this link from the krazy coupon lady and i LOVE this idea. we are moving and i have a ton of cardboard laying around. i just fnished asking my brother in law where i could take all this cardboard to get rid of it. i think i'm going to be making me, my mom, my sister, and my brother some of these. thank you so very much for the tutorial.

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  • Jim Carroll

    OK. Phew! I finished up the first one, using the original directions. As I was gluing the last piece on, I realized that it was going to be too long to fit on my pantry shelf! (TFB, I’m using it anyway.) But that gave me the push I needed to get another one done ASAP. I did some quick calculations if anyone wants to duplicate my efforts. This is for the vegetable can bin; all measurements are in inches:

    Sides — 10 x 10 (2 needed)
    Back — 6 1/8 x 10 (1) (I made this an inch larger to give more area for gluing to the sides)
    Upper and Center Shelves — 4 5/8 x 6 3/4
    Lower Shelf — 4 5/8 x 10
    Upper Front — 3 3/4 x 6 7/8
    Lower Front — 1 1/4 x 6 7/8
    Angle (“wood block” — I used a strip of cardboard) — 1 1/2 x 4 5/8

    All the lengths A through E are the same. All the construction instructions are the same. Here are a few caveats when working with hot glue:

    1. Keep your cats away from the hot melted glue. It’s hard to get out of their fur, the fur clogs up the nozzle, and you’ll get dirty looks and demands for extra treats and petting (once they’re over being p*ssed at you…)

    2. Mark **everything** out ahead of time. When I was using the white glue, I could move things like the shelves around to get things lined up. Hot glue sets within 30 seconds. You need to get it right the first time. I had to rip out one side of a shelf because I put in one side higher than the other. If I had marked BOTH sides, that wouldn’t have happened.

    3. Did I mention the cats?

    4. My glue gun is a “mini” kind. It still wasn’t small enough to get inside the box easily. And when I had to put in a new glue stick, forget it. I used those times to seal up the exterior exposed edges, as noted in the instructions.

    5. Be careful of “glopping”. I had some problems where the cans wouldn’t always roll through. Turns out a spot of glue was in the way.

    6. From starting to cut the cardboard to final gluing (not counting dinner breaks and cat emergencies) it took about 3 hours. I’ll paint them tomorrow, and start putting them to use. The small one will hold 9 cans. All it cost is time and a bunch of glue sticks. And a number of cat treats.

    7. Be careful using hot glue around your cats. Did I mention that already?

  • Jim Carroll

    OK. Phew! I finished up the first one, using the original directions. As I was gluing the last piece on, I realized that it was going to be too long to fit on my pantry shelf! (TFB, I'm using it anyway.) But that gave me the push I needed to get another one done ASAP. I did some quick calculations if anyone wants to duplicate my efforts. This is for the vegetable can bin; all measurements are in inches:

    Sides — 10 x 10 (2 needed)
    Back — 6 1/8 x 10 (1) (I made this an inch larger to give more area for gluing to the sides)
    Upper and Center Shelves — 4 5/8 x 6 3/4
    Lower Shelf — 4 5/8 x 10
    Upper Front — 3 3/4 x 6 7/8
    Lower Front — 1 1/4 x 6 7/8
    Angle (“wood block” — I used a strip of cardboard) — 1 1/2 x 4 5/8

    All the lengths A through E are the same. All the construction instructions are the same. Here are a few caveats when working with hot glue:

    1. Keep your cats away from the hot melted glue. It's hard to get out of their fur, the fur clogs up the nozzle, and you'll get dirty looks and demands for extra treats and petting (once they're over being p*ssed at you…)

    2. Mark **everything** out ahead of time. When I was using the white glue, I could move things like the shelves around to get things lined up. Hot glue sets within 30 seconds. You need to get it right the first time. I had to rip out one side of a shelf because I put in one side higher than the other. If I had marked BOTH sides, that wouldn't have happened.

    3. Did I mention the cats?

    4. My glue gun is a “mini” kind. It still wasn't small enough to get inside the box easily. And when I had to put in a new glue stick, forget it. I used those times to seal up the exterior exposed edges, as noted in the instructions.

    5. Be careful of “glopping”. I had some problems where the cans wouldn't always roll through. Turns out a spot of glue was in the way.

    6. From starting to cut the cardboard to final gluing (not counting dinner breaks and cat emergencies) it took about 3 hours. I'll paint them tomorrow, and start putting them to use. The small one will hold 9 cans. All it cost is time and a bunch of glue sticks. And a number of cat treats.

    7. Be careful using hot glue around your cats. Did I mention that already?

  • Jim Carroll

    I’m trying to make one this weekend. While waiting for this last batch of glue to dry I slapped myself: This is what a hot glue gun is made for!

    So I’ll be making another one in a couple of days, using the hot melt glue. I’ll LYK how it works.

  • Jim Carroll

    I'm trying to make one this weekend. While waiting for this last batch of glue to dry I slapped myself: This is what a hot glue gun is made for!

    So I'll be making another one in a couple of days, using the hot melt glue. I'll LYK how it works.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    You can definitely teach this at a RS activity! I am planning to do the same thing next month :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703085839 Anonymous

    I ran across your site last week and saw this tutorial. (loved the site!!) I printed the pdf file and then went on to other things. I had promptings throughout the week to get busy and make some rotation racks. Sooo, today was the day. I made 3 different racks, using the white boxes in which our #10 canned foodstorage comes, and e6000 glue. They turned out great. Can I teach the procedure of making this Rotation Rack as a RS Activity?everyone can and should make at least one, but they get easier as you go. Thanks so much, Starr Christie

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      You can definitely teach this at a RS activity! I am planning to do the same thing next month :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703085839 facebook-703085839

    I ran across your site last week and saw this tutorial. (loved the site!!) I printed the pdf file and then went on to other things. I had promptings throughout the week to get busy and make some rotation racks. Sooo, today was the day. I made 3 different racks, using the white boxes in which our #10 canned foodstorage comes, and e6000 glue. They turned out great. Can I teach the procedure of making this Rotation Rack as a RS Activity?everyone can and should make at least one, but they get easier as you go. Thanks so much, Starr Christie

  • http://www.facebook.com/fireweedjelly Kim Knudsen

    I’m forwarding this to my husband’s honey do list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fireweedjelly Kim Knudsen

    I'm forwarding this to my husband's honey do list.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Go to a hardware store and look in the section for caulk. It will look like a tube of caulk but be glue instead. My hubby is the one who does most of this so I don't know the exact brands or anything. My shelves have held up well, but I have heard people say if you paint them they will be even stronger.

  • claire

    can you tell me what you mean by a quick-drying tacky or gel type of glue. I’m not very familiar with glues…a brand name would be so helpful. Thanks. Also, how have these held up for you long term? any changes you would suggest? Thanks

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Go to a hardware store and look in the section for caulk. It will look like a tube of caulk but be glue instead. My hubby is the one who does most of this so I don’t know the exact brands or anything. My shelves have held up well, but I have heard people say if you paint them they will be even stronger.

  • claire

    can you tell me what you mean by a quick-drying tacky or gel type of glue. I'm not very familiar with glues…a brand name would be so helpful. Thanks. Also, how have these held up for you long term? any changes you would suggest? Thanks

  • Melissa

    So, I found this site because my cousin was talking about how she is going to work on her food storage/preparedness and so I came to check it out. To my surprise, when I watched the video of Jodi’s new can rotater, I found “hey, I know that girl”. Hi Jodi, it’s Hockey Scott’s wife Melissa. So glad to have stumbled onto your website (what a happy random coincidence) and I’m going to add you to my links because you gals have a great thing here. ps – I think my co-workers all think I’m an idiot because I just made such a big deal about this new found connection and made them all watch the video so I could declaim “I know her”

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Hey Melissa, that is so funny! I’m glad you find our site :) If you want to impress your friends even more, we were just on Studio 5 today, check it out! http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=59&sid=8253097 hehe.

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Hey Melissa, that is so funny! I'm glad you find our site :) If you want to impress your friends even more, we were just on Studio 5 today, check it out! http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=59&sid=8253097 hehe.

  • Melissa

    So, I found this site because my cousin was talking about how she is going to work on her food storage/preparedness and so I came to check it out. To my surprise, when I watched the video of Jodi's new can rotater, I found “hey, I know that girl”. Hi Jodi, it's Hockey Scott's wife Melissa. So glad to have stumbled onto your website (what a happy random coincidence) and I'm going to add you to my links because you gals have a great thing here. ps – I think my co-workers all think I'm an idiot because I just made such a big deal about this new found connection and made them all watch the video so I could declaim “I know her”

  • k

    Try TheCanOrganizer.com they are cheap and work great!

  • Anonymous

    I am having trouble disciphering the pdf file. On the “sides” row, what is “F 9 144)&B10X11 1/2″ mean? What do the “F” and “B” stand for? I am a little slow I guess . . .

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I have to admit, my husband deciphered this for me. But I think it is the front and back measurements.

      • Anonymous

        Sides and back have different rows . . . Hmmm . . . I don’t know why this is so hard to click in my brain! I used your measurements for the soup can rack that you made. (THANK YOU BTW) Those turned out great! But then I went back to the chart to try to make a couple of the large fruit can sized racks and can’t figure out the sides row. Has your husband made any of those for you? Maybe I can beg you for the measurements for those? :) This is SUCH a great idea–and I have TONS of cardboard to make these all day long! I want to get my pantry nice and stocked full of these!

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I have to admit, my husband deciphered this for me. But I think it is the front and back measurements.

  • lmsfisher

    I am having trouble disciphering the pdf file. On the “sides” row, what is “F 9 144)&B10X11 1/2″ mean? What do the “F” and “B” stand for? I am a little slow I guess . . .

  • http://www.softwaredr.com Jason

    Here is a link to a more robust solution:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rotating-Canned-Food-Shelf

  • http://www.softwaredr.com Jason

    Here is a link to a more robust solution:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rotating-Canned-Food-Shelf

  • Vicky Hilton

    How many cans can these things hold. I just buy canned food by the cases at Winco foods. And teh stack the newest case under the others. I would like to see these built on a scale that would hold enough cans for 3 months food storage.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Mine holds 12 soup cans. You could modify it to be a little longer and allow it to hold a few more cans. The versions for larger cans would hold less cans.

  • Vicky Hilton

    How many cans can these things hold. I just buy canned food by the cases at Winco foods. And teh stack the newest case under the others. I would like to see these built on a scale that would hold enough cans for 3 months food storage.

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Mine holds 12 soup cans. You could modify it to be a little longer and allow it to hold a few more cans. The versions for larger cans would hold less cans.

  • Judy

    Great idea. We are planning a class in Relieft Society to teach the sisters how to make them. Had a great repsones to this. Here in Canada it is to expensive to have rotating shelving shipped. Thanks again

  • Judy

    Great idea. We are planning a class in Relieft Society to teach the sisters how to make them. Had a great repsones to this. Here in Canada it is to expensive to have rotating shelving shipped. Thanks again

  • Natalia

    I did cut the slots and slid the cardboard shelves, worked great. Used duct tape and works perfectly, make sure you secure the shelves you are sliding with the tape as well. And the best part is you don’t have to wait for anything to dry! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! it made may day!

  • Natalia

    I did cut the slots and slid the cardboard shelves, worked great. Used duct tape and works perfectly, make sure you secure the shelves you are sliding with the tape as well. And the best part is you don’t have to wait for anything to dry! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! it made may day!

  • Myranda

    This is the coolest thing ever!!! I can’t wait to make one! Thank you so much for everything.

  • Myranda

    This is the coolest thing ever!!! I can’t wait to make one! Thank you so much for everything.

  • http://brossettelewis.blogspot.com Libby

    The paint makes the whole thing more sturdy…think about a roller brush that you didn’t remove last time you painted. It’s not going to budge! Although all white boxes are prettier there is function behind painting them. Great blog.

  • http://brossettelewis.blogspot.com Libby

    The paint makes the whole thing more sturdy…think about a roller brush that you didn’t remove last time you painted. It’s not going to budge! Although all white boxes are prettier there is function behind painting them. Great blog.

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  • TracyinSC

    You and your husband have officially rocked my face off!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to figure this out for us, and documenting it so well. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m such a visual learner, and this is perfect for me. I can’t wait to give it a try. And now all I have to do is figure out another way to spend all that money I was planning on one day spending to buy racks… Thanks again Jodi. You’re so sweet.

  • TracyinSC

    You and your husband have officially rocked my face off!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to figure this out for us, and documenting it so well. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m such a visual learner, and this is perfect for me. I can’t wait to give it a try. And now all I have to do is figure out another way to spend all that money I was planning on one day spending to buy racks… Thanks again Jodi. You’re so sweet.

  • ola senor

    for those who are less handy with the glue – I made a mocked up version using tape. I used a strong strapping tape that worked just fine.

    I would suggest drawing a mockup of the placement on the inside of the carboard, to make sure you get the placement right.

    Another suggestion would be to insert toothpicks through the sides and into the cardboard shelves to hold it in position as it dries.

  • ola senor

    for those who are less handy with the glue – I made a mocked up version using tape. I used a strong strapping tape that worked just fine.

    I would suggest drawing a mockup of the placement on the inside of the carboard, to make sure you get the placement right.

    Another suggestion would be to insert toothpicks through the sides and into the cardboard shelves to hold it in position as it dries.

  • Diane McGuire

    I don’t see the little piece of wood in your can rack that it shows in the original instructions. Can you just forget that? Being not so handy, I was wondering how I’d get the pieces of wood. Now, cardboard, I have. I want some of these!!! Thank you for the instructions.

    dicity

  • Diane McGuire

    I don’t see the little piece of wood in your can rack that it shows in the original instructions. Can you just forget that? Being not so handy, I was wondering how I’d get the pieces of wood. Now, cardboard, I have. I want some of these!!! Thank you for the instructions.

    dicity

  • http://www.crockettcrew.typepad.com pam

    Thanks for sharing, I been wanting some of those fancy racks, but just haven’t brought myself to spending all that money for them, I have even ask my husband to make me some, well how I have a pattern, maybe I could do it, or I’ll just hand it to him and say go for it….Thanks

  • http://www.crockettcrew.typepad.com pam

    Thanks for sharing, I been wanting some of those fancy racks, but just haven’t brought myself to spending all that money for them, I have even ask my husband to make me some, well how I have a pattern, maybe I could do it, or I’ll just hand it to him and say go for it….Thanks

  • lisa

    I’ve wanted to do that in my pantry since we built it, but hubby is to busy so this is something I can do myself.
    Great idea using cardboard.

  • lisa

    I’ve wanted to do that in my pantry since we built it, but hubby is to busy so this is something I can do myself.
    Great idea using cardboard.

  • Jodi

    Joanna, the first one took about 3-4 hours because we were trying to decipher the plans, document the process, take pictures, etc. Plus we didn’t have the right kind of glue. For the next ones my husband is going to make a template and use that to cut out all of the pieces at once. He thinks he can whip them together in just a few minutes!

  • Jodi

    Joanna, the first one took about 3-4 hours because we were trying to decipher the plans, document the process, take pictures, etc. Plus we didn’t have the right kind of glue. For the next ones my husband is going to make a template and use that to cut out all of the pieces at once. He thinks he can whip them together in just a few minutes!

  • Joanna

    ps. How long did it take you to build the first one?

  • Joanna

    ps. How long did it take you to build the first one?

  • Joanna

    For all of you that need cardboard, come on over to my house! :D We have so many boxes in our basement (I swear it’s a fire hazard), that I could probably set up a side business making these. @@

    I wonder if instead of just gluing the shelves inside, you could cut slots into the sides, make the shelves just slightly wider, and slide the shelves into the slots in the sides. Hmmm…. I have enough cardboard, I should try it that way.

  • Joanna

    For all of you that need cardboard, come on over to my house! :D We have so many boxes in our basement (I swear it’s a fire hazard), that I could probably set up a side business making these. @@

    I wonder if instead of just gluing the shelves inside, you could cut slots into the sides, make the shelves just slightly wider, and slide the shelves into the slots in the sides. Hmmm…. I have enough cardboard, I should try it that way.

  • http://giveLDSgifts.com Give LDS Gifts

    Great post! My husband has made two for me and I’m patiently waiting for more. I need to call a store and get more cardboard though. Great photos. Y’all did it slightly different than we did, I’ll have to show my husband so he can see if he wants to adjust how we did it.

    Thanks again!

  • http://giveLDSgifts.com Give LDS Gifts

    Great post! My husband has made two for me and I’m patiently waiting for more. I need to call a store and get more cardboard though. Great photos. Y’all did it slightly different than we did, I’ll have to show my husband so he can see if he wants to adjust how we did it.

    Thanks again!

  • jweiss08

    I’m going to be asking Jodi’s husband to make these for me too… Grandma Lori, maybe you should too

  • jweiss08

    I’m going to be asking Jodi’s husband to make these for me too… Grandma Lori, maybe you should too

  • Grandma Lori

    It looks kinda hard to do cold turkey. I wish someone would just make me some. Some of us aren’t married to handy guys-just handsome.

  • Grandma Lori

    It looks kinda hard to do cold turkey. I wish someone would just make me some. Some of us aren’t married to handy guys-just handsome.

    • k

      Try TheCanOrganizer.com they are cheap and work great!

  • Jodi

    Yes guys the best part is it truly is free (except for buying some glue if you don’t have any good glue on hand). I just couldn’t justify buying those expensive racks but I wanted to be able to rotate through them easily. And a big wooden shelf seemed like a pain as well. This was EASY!

    This rack holds 12 soup cans. My pantry can actually fit a little longer of a rack so my husband is going to make more for me that are a little longer and would hold one more can per row so up to 15 soup cans. Obviously the racks for bigger cans would hold less. He’s going to make me those too so I’ll update as we get them done (he is going to be a busy man, lol, but he’s been being really sweet about it)

  • Jodi

    Yes guys the best part is it truly is free (except for buying some glue if you don’t have any good glue on hand). I just couldn’t justify buying those expensive racks but I wanted to be able to rotate through them easily. And a big wooden shelf seemed like a pain as well. This was EASY!

    This rack holds 12 soup cans. My pantry can actually fit a little longer of a rack so my husband is going to make more for me that are a little longer and would hold one more can per row so up to 15 soup cans. Obviously the racks for bigger cans would hold less. He’s going to make me those too so I’ll update as we get them done (he is going to be a busy man, lol, but he’s been being really sweet about it)

  • cutie pie

    I too thought that you used wood and then I noticed it was cardboard. Way to be resourceful. I know when I go to costco I always end up with a few boxes. Now I know what to do with them. Just one question. How many cans does it hold?

  • cutie pie

    I too thought that you used wood and then I noticed it was cardboard. Way to be resourceful. I know when I go to costco I always end up with a few boxes. Now I know what to do with them. Just one question. How many cans does it hold?

  • Sandra

    Tell your hubby he ROCKS!!! That is sooo cool. When I first saw it and you said it was free .. I was like yeah, you had to buy the wood, THEN I saw you made it out of cardboard – FANTASTIC! :-) Just may have to try this sometime! :-D

  • Sandra

    Tell your hubby he ROCKS!!! That is sooo cool. When I first saw it and you said it was free .. I was like yeah, you had to buy the wood, THEN I saw you made it out of cardboard – FANTASTIC! :-) Just may have to try this sometime! :-D

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  • gaby

    WOW!!!!!thank you for sharing these idea I love it!!!!

    know I will put my husband to do that for me jajaj!!! love it love it!!!!!

  • gaby

    WOW!!!!!thank you for sharing these idea I love it!!!!

    know I will put my husband to do that for me jajaj!!! love it love it!!!!!

  • sandra a.

    Wow! what a great idea!! I have some cardboard and will be using it for my new rack. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • sandra a.

    Wow! what a great idea!! I have some cardboard and will be using it for my new rack. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • http://www.leavingexcess.com Michelle

    Jodi – very cool. Tell your hubby that I am impressed (like he cares :>)

    All I can say is you made a video at 2 am. I am so too old for that!

  • http://www.leavingexcess.com Michelle

    Jodi – very cool. Tell your hubby that I am impressed (like he cares :>)

    All I can say is you made a video at 2 am. I am so too old for that!

  • Karen S-B

    Thank you for this great idea! I am going to find some cardboard this week and make a few! Thanks again!!! Have a great week!

  • Karen S-B

    Thank you for this great idea! I am going to find some cardboard this week and make a few! Thanks again!!! Have a great week!

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  • LindaW

    totally AMAZING!!! Thanks for the detailed instructions. It really helps to see the pictures, it looks doable.

  • LindaW

    totally AMAZING!!! Thanks for the detailed instructions. It really helps to see the pictures, it looks doable.