This is a super easy recycling project with a lovely result! There is a whole host of materials you could adapt this tutorial to; think different shaped cans and bottles, cardboard boxes and tubes, and using string (maybe some home dyed!), ribbons, strips of cloth or natural materials from the garden, or collected on a walk in the woods. Actually, a little pot covered in moss would look really sweet - perhaps with some wire and burlap ribbon to hold it all in place!
For our little vase we used a ring pull tin can, with the label soaked off, and our very own home spun wool that the kids spun using their drop spindles.
Firstly, attach your wool to the base of the can either tying it on, or with a little drop of glue. You then simply wind your yarn firmly around your can in whatever pattern takes your fancy. These would look lovely in rainbow colours on a desk to store all your pens and pencils.
As well as making a really sweet vase, these could be used to hold candles, or as desk tidies (would make a great teacher present!). Or what about using a large can and standing your kitchen utensils in it?. They also make great flower pots if you punch a couple of drainage holes in the base.