How To Make Your Own "Secret Stash Can" To Hide Your Valuables From Criminals... Right In Plain Site!

How To Make Your Own “Secret Stash Can” To Hide Your Valuables From Criminals… Right In Plain Site!

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.

Here’s a tip that shows you…

How to Make a Homemade “Secret Stash Can” To Hide Your Valuables In Plain Site

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.

Items You’ll Need:

  • Used up aerosol or similar type can
  • Can opener
  • Ceramic block or disk magnets (or similar powerful magnet)

Step 1: Obtain your empty can “hide”

hide_1Again, almost any can can work for this, but there are a few considerations to think about…

For example, these instructions use a magnet for closure… and not all metals are magnetic – so test your can out before going through the rest of the steps.

And you wouldn’t want to store a whipped-cream can in the middle of a bunch of paint cans, right?

Be sure your choice fits in with the environment and with the other items around it.

Also, the more drab and “ordinary” your choice the better because you don’t want to draw any attention to the item at all and bright colors and flashy logos can subconsciously attract the eyes of any home invader.

And finally, don’t make your can choice anything that’s commonly “useful” to anyone who might pick it up for the purpose the original canned item was used for.

If you have company in town and your sister-in-law goes to grab the can of hairspray you have under the bathroom sink – only to find a can of silver coins – well… cover blown, my friend!

Step 2: Carefully remove the bottom of your can


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.

Be as precise as you can with cutting off the bottom.

Jagged edges from sloppy cutting will stand out like a sore thumb.

Oh – and a word of warning here…

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.

Otherwise, you’re going to get one helluva surprise when you hit this step! 😐

Step 3: Clean out the inside of your can


A lot of items leave behind chemical residues that can damage the contents of your DIY “safe” – or at least change how they smell.

You don’t want you Great Aunt Bessie’s heirloom pearl necklace to smell like glue remover, do you?

So, once you’ve completely removed the lid, be sure to clean it out thoroughly with soap and water.

Also, make sure you let the can fully dry before assembling it to avoid trapping any moisture in the final “safe” that could cause rusting or mold to begin to form that might also damage the valuables you add into it.

Step 4 & 5: Place your magnets in the can

hide_4Using magnets instead of any kind of adhesive is what allows you fast, easy access to your valuables without having to “untape” or “unglue” the can every time you want to get inside.

For these next steps, take your magnets and place them in the bottom of the can.

When positioning them, do it in a way that the magnets are flush with the very bottom of the can (See Image #5)


Also, the polarity of the magnets matters – so, since the ends of the magnet will be what’s holding the bottom on it, you need to make sure you test the positive or negative polarity of the end closes to the bottom.

This is especially necessary because with more than one magnet being used, it’s possible that one of them has an opposite polarity and will try to repel the bottom away from the can while the others are trying to pull it in.

Step 6: Place your valuables in the can

hide_6Ok, you’d think this is pretty self-explanatory, right? 🙂

But you still need to stay with the “covertness” of your hide, considering that someone may actually pick the can up as they’re moving things around.

If they move it or pick it up and your can of “paint” jingles from the loose coins you put in there… again… cover blown! 🙂

So if you’re adding in coins, loose jewelry, bullets (!) or other “jingly” stuff, it’s best to put them in a plastic baggie and add some bubble wrap to keep everything secure and stable.

Things like rolled-up wads of cash will be fine.

Step 7: Replace the bottom of the can by attaching it to the magnets

hide_7Since the bottom lid of your can is made of metal, it too will strongly adhere to the magnets.

This is a good time to check and make sure that the magnets were placed in a way that creates a pretty tight closure between the can and its bottom.

While the can won’t be completely air-tight, you want to make sure you have as complete a closure as you can.

Any little gaps could allow spilled liquids in the area (or from leaky pipes) to get inside the can and potentially damage your valuables.

This is also a time to test the strength of your magnets based on the weight of the contents you have inside by picking up the can to see if the bottom will stay intact.

Step 8: “Hide” your valuables right out in the open!

hide_8For this step, you want it to blend in as best as possible.

As you can see in this picture, it would be hard for anyone to tell that the can is actually filled with all of those gold doubloons your Great-Great-Great Uncle Blackbeard left you in his will.

Also, I don’t suggest you put this in a location where it’s so out in the open that you can’t access your items in plain view of anyone around you.

That’s why it works better in places like your master bathroom or other areas out of sight if you have company in your home at a time when you want to go and access your loot.

What Other “Secret Hiding Spots” Are Good Locations In A Home For Covertly Stashing Valuables?

Please Leave Your Best Tips In The Comments Below Now…


  • Steve Schott says:

    This is an excellent idea! Though not sure my wife would be happy with me storing paint supplies in our bedroom …..

    • Charles M. says:

      Wads of cash fit well into a dark colored vitamin or supplement plastic jar. Add a few of the vitamins back in the bottom that rattle when shaken and its pretty covert. You can’t see in it, it rattles when shaken and mixed in with the other medicine cabinet jars it’s not given away.

      • Cash may be no good when SHTF. Try silver or gold.

  • Bryan Dorman says:

    Maybe this is a little too “cloak and dagger,” but I hide my home cash reserve in books. I also have stock certificates, bonds, etc. in one of the ca. 100 binders in my home office.

  • BadOedipus says:

    3 gallon bucket of wall spackling. Place items in a sealed food saver bag, then place into the spackling pushing down until they are submerged below the surface. Place the lid back in the bucket and put it on a shelf. It’s a pain to access, but nobody’s gonna be digging around in that mess on the off chance someone stored something in it and the bucket is fairly heavy when full so you won’t notice the difference in weight if the items you put in have a heavier or lighter density.

    • What happens when the spackling dries up?

  • Katherine says:

    Just be sure to tell the executor of your will where you’ve hidden valuables.

  • hide in bottom of dog food bag with food on top

  • Thank you for the wonderful idea and step-by-step directions.

  • I used to sell the commercial version of this product. Don’t hide your goodies in a fake beer can in the refrigerator. Too vulnerable to accidental discovery. My favorite — a spray can of jock itch medicine! Spray a little of the real stuff on top and let it dry. Ain’t no one gonna mess with that! Store with other, similar products.

  • It’s a wonderful idea in theory but, as somebody else mentioned, if you pass away unexpectedly, somebody had better be aware of your hiding spots. Otherwise, some very valuable things will end up in the county landfill or the local thrift shop. After my mother passed away, we never found her expensive jewelry. Don’t know if it was stolen while she was in the hospital or if somebody entered her condo while she was hospitalized, found it and gave it a new home. We looked everywhere. I am still wondering if she stashed it in a box of food in the kitchen. I don’t think she would have hidden it with food because she was neurotic about keeping it clean but who knows…..?

    I would recommend getting a small fireproof safe and having it mounted to the floor in a bedroom closet. Hang clothes over it or store blankets on top of it and it should be fairly well hidden. Just don’t stub your toe on it.

  • My Uncle had a number of rental properties. He kept the keys in a coffee can on the shelf in the kitchen along with the real coffee in front. Looked just like a spare can. The food pantry offers a lot of options with ready access if needed.

  • My mom had a little wall safe in the closet that pulled out from a realistic wall (electric) socket face plate. I thought is was genius….

  • As a student of engineering I have observations. Like poles repell each other opposites attract. Rare earth magnets are stronger than the ceramic magnets. An even number allows maximum attraction. If you want to use an aluminum or plastic container mount magnets in the can and on the lid.

  • A. Mississippiensis says:

    If you have home repair skills and the money for materials, you have a LOT of options. I’m too broke to have small valuables to hide. Next year will be even worse. Good luck, folks!

    • That’s the beauty in being short of cash. Nothing to worry about. It’s strangely comforting.

  • said elkhamrichi says:


  • How “secret” is this info if it’s here on the internet for everyone to see and read?!

    • They are in a hurry… they’re not going to pick up every can in the house.

    • My thought exactly. The best places are those that ONLY the executors of your will know about!

  • Search terms to increase your knowledge of magnets.
    “Different types of magnets neodymium, ferrite, rubber”
    “Different types of magnets based on shape” one shows a ring magnet that is face magnetic, those ceramic ferrite magnets are face magnetic.

  • The toilet paper sleeve is just the right size for quarters and the spring holds them in place. Cash can also be put there in a rubber band down the center of the spring.

  • The cat box is the perfect hiding place. Get a clean litter box and put in clean kitty litter. Place your valuables under and in the litter. Take some large Tootsie Rolls and cut in various lengths, then cover with spray adhesive and roll in litter. Next, spread Tootsie Rolls in various places and depths, then make some wet spots with lemon juice. Place completed litter box in an obvious place and spread a small bit of litter around the box.
    No one will mess with it and won’t be suspicious if they don’t see a cat as they often hide from strangers.

    • As a cat lover I find that truly genius and hilarious at the same time

  • Different shtf scenerio but if a woman is trying to hide cash to escape an abusive relationship, putting it under the tampons in the box, and/or you can take the cotton out of a tampon and roll money into it, slip it back in it’s wrapper and put that one in your purse. Also in a mobile home once I discovered the closet rod was hollow plastic. These were the only places he never found while tearing the house apart looking for my money.

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