How to Make a Homemade Stash Can

With the economy continuing to decline, joblessness increasing, and a growing number of the younger generation not able to find work, we are seeing an accompanying increase in crime — particularly home burglary. More and more small-time thieves are looking for easy items to pawn for a quick buck.

Beyond the obvious preparations of securing your home, I thought I’d share another way to keep your valuables safe — and that is by hiding them in plain sight.

Crime reports have indicated that the average time a burglar spends in the home is around 6-10 minutes. Since statistics show that most burglars are looking for high profile items (electronics, jewlery, firearms etc) and will typically look through bedroom and office drawers and closets, normal everyday items will be overlooked. You can use this to your advantage by stashing valuables “out in the open” with your own homemade stash cans.

How to Make a Homemade Stash Can

Making a stash can is a very simple process. In this example, I’m using a used aerosol paint can, but any similar can could be used. Here’s how to do it:

Items You’ll Need:

  • used up aerosol or similar type can
  • can opener
  • ceramic block or disk magnets (or similar powerful magnet)

Putting it all Together

Step 1: Obtain an empty can. Especially if you’re using an aerosol can, be sure that you have fully discharged all the air pressure by pressing on the nozzle until no more air comes out.
Step 2: Remove the bottom. With a standard can opener, place the circular blade directly above the metal lip of the bottom and open as you would a normal food can.
Step 3: Clean out can. Once you’ve completely removed the lid, be sure to clean out any remaining paint, whip cream, or whatever contents are in the can.

Step 4: Place magnets in can. Take your magnets and place them in the bottom of the can (since the can is made from metal they will stick without the need of adhesives).
Step 4: Place your valuables in the can.
Step 5: Replace the bottom. Since the bottom lid is made of metal, it too will strongly adhere to the magnets. Given the strength of the magnets, you can store even heavy objects like precious metals without risk of them falling out.
Step 6: “Hide” it out in the open. For this step, you want it to blend as best as possible with the other items around it. For example, you would not want to store a whipped-cream can amidst a bunch of paint cans. It needs to fit in with its environment.

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8 Comments»

Comment by Practical Parsimony
2011-06-13 15:27:04

How clever! Thanks! The large magnets would make a can appear full if it were disturbed. The can would be more stable, staying on the shelf when/if jostled if only light items were placed inside.

 
Comment by Kenny
2011-06-13 19:15:57

Great idea, which I have already done. Plus I used food cans and that might not be good. But I agree on hiding things in plain sight.

2011-06-13 22:54:08

I think food cans are a great idea (especially when hidden among your food storage). I would just be wary about putting them among a pantry that guests may use.

 
 
Comment by vegetable gardening
2011-06-14 04:30:18

Such a cleaver idea. I would make one myself. Thanks!

 
Comment by Apartment Prepper
2011-06-19 21:40:23

What a neat idea! I will have to try making one myself. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

 
Comment by michael
2012-09-15 03:24:42

i love it

 
Comment by randee
2013-01-04 16:18:13

You can put your weed in there…hahaha

 
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