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Beverage Holders for the Yard

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At the beginning of the summer, we bought a new house that has a fabulous back yard made for entertaining.  I decided that some backyard beverage holders would come in handy when we had friends over to play Bags (or as some call it “Cornhole”).

I figured that the body of the holder could be made from a tin can but wanted it big enough to hold a can plus a coozie, or alternately to hold a Keg (Solo) cup. I thought I might use a Progresso Soup can, but was shopping at Target and found these in the $1 – $3 – $5 section. They were $3 each.

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I liked that it was sturdy and a little bigger than a Progresso can, and we can put the covers on them when they aren’t in use.

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I made a decorative cover for them using fabric and Modge Podge.  I first made a pattern with plain paper. I measured the height and circumference of the can and cut out a pattern that was  the height x the circumference plus 1/2″.

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Use your pattern to cut out a fabric piece for each of the cans you’re covering.

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GO TARHEELS!

OK, so now you want to cover the outside of the can with Modge Podge. I used the kind made for outdoor use figuring that these might occasionally see some rain.

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Once it’s covered in Modge Podge, wrap your fabric around the can overlapping the ends, and smooth out any air bubbles.  Now you will cover it with another layer of Modge Podge on the outside of the fabric.

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Let it dry completely (it dries clear) according to the instructions. This might take a while if you are in a humid environment. Once it’s completely dry, add a second coat. I think I did a total of three coats, allowing time to dry in between.

Once it was good and dry, I set out to add the post to it.  I had purchased yard long 1/4″ threaded poles for the task. First off, you need to pierce the bottom of the can. To do this, first locate the center of the can bottom and mark it with a pen.

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Now, using a hammer, pierce the bottom center with a big nail.

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Okie doke. Now place your can on the floor, bottom up, put one end of your threaded pole onto the hole and gently tap the other end with a hammer until you have penetrated the can.

Temporarily remove the pole from the can.  Your completed project will sit on the threaded pole in the following order:

Hex Nut

Washer

Can Botton

Washer

Hex Nut

So, starting at the bottom, thread on a hex nut, followed by a washer leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ of pole showing at the top.  Apply Gorilla glue around the washer like so…

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Now, put your can on the post and add a ring on gorilla glue inside the can bottom right around the post.

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Try to do it a tad more neatly than I did.  Now add your washer and the final nut.  Screw the nut so that it matches evenly with the top of the post. Now adjust the bottom nut, the one underneath on the outside of the can, so that all five layers – nut, washer, can, washer, nut – are squeezed together tight. This will make your can sit nice and stable on top of the post with no wobbling.

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Double check that the post ends right at the top of the nut and not before or after it.  Too high and your can will wobble around the bottom of the holder, too low and you risk having your creation lose the nut and come apart.

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Let the Gorilla glue dry per the manufacturer’s instructions.

The cup holders are pretty much ready for use now except…well except that I wasn’t completely happy with them. I didn’t like having that raised nut in the bottom when I put my beer bottle in it.  To correct for this problem, I lined the bottom with two pieces of thick (6mm) fun foam. Using the can as a template, I cut out two circles of fun foam.  Each looked like this.

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Now, in only ONE of the circles, cut out a hole in the center.

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It doesn’t have to be pretty because it won’t show.   Now hot glue that puppy to the bottom inside of the can.

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Now take the uncored circle and hot glue it right on to the first one.

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There you have it!  A nice level, comfy cushion upon which your beverage can rest. All that is left to do is to plant them in the yard and crack open a beverage.

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Check them out!  They keep your beverage handy and up off the grass where they might get knocked over or licked by the dog.

Now get out there and make your own set before the summer is over!