Why buy mainstream
when you can create a handmade gift?
Everyone needs extra storage but it usually comes at a high price
You can customise them, as imaginative or quirky as you like
- Cans* – with or without lids depending on their new use
- Coloured paper, thick Plastic, Fabric, Corrugated Cardboard or anything else you want to repurpose
- Bread bag, thick Plastic bag other than a thin supermarket bag &/or coloured ribbon
- Stick Glue
* If you are going to be storing edibles in your new Canisters, ensure that you use human food-grade cans which you, yourself, have previously purchased.
- Measure the circumference of your Can
- Add about 25mm [ 1 inch ] to this measurement to allow for a overlap. You will need a little more than this if you use fabric, to allow for folding over the ragged edge before glueing a hem, to prevent fraying
- Apply glue to the Can as well as to your covering medium. Stay within the edges for a neater look.
- Allow the glue to dry before reattaching the lid otherwise the covering medium will be pushed from its place
Now, for the Lid, if you so desire. You can match, complement or contrast the lid with your canister or just keep it plain; your call.
- I laid this red thick plastic faced down on the top of the lid so that I could draw on outline straight onto the plastic
- Cut this shape out and glue both the thick plastic and the lid
Add on any decorative touches. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:
- Craft Hole-punch to add shapes – see how easy this is on a previous post ” How to Save Money by making your own Gift Boxes “
- Decoupage on the cheap – see how easy this is on a previous post ” How to Decoupage with Junkmail “
- On my blue canister, the ‘ TEA ‘ sign is chalk on a piece of paper from a 80 gsm letterhead. So no need to purchase blackboard paint
- Repurpose Toilet Roll cores to divide items into sections e.g., pens, pencils, crayons, chalk or cables
- You can also store your new Canisters horizontally to use like pigeonholes
- Use them to store your craft or colour-code them e.g. for each family member or housemate
What will you store?
Until next week – Thank you for dropping by