I have a quick and easy project to show you today. I’m sure you’ve all ended up with empty plastic containers and just thrown them in the recycle bin…I accumulated a few this past week and decided to put them to better use as storage containers in my office. I started with 2 Mr. Clean Wipes boxes, a plastic can from some icing, and a large bucket from some peanuts:
I cut down one of the Mr. Clean containers so I ended up with two different sizes. You can either use fabric or pretty scrapbook or wrapping paper, I chose leftover fabric to coordinate with the curtains and chairs in our office/craft room. Just cut the fabric/paper to fit your container:
I made this really easy by just ironing down the edges for a more finished look and using hot glue to attach the fabric to the container, overlapping the back a bit.
And, voila!! Custom desk accessories!
You can either cover exactly to your container or bring up any excess over the top to the inside. I did it both ways, but I really don’t think it matters, once the containers are full you don’t see the inside anyway.
I didn’t worry about getting the edges or back seam perfect; after all, I’m really the only person who’s going to notice, right? I’ll probably use the larger can to store bits of ribbon and such. I saved the top, but it is blue so I may have to spray paint it black!
This was such an easy project, I’ve seen it done before with soup cans, too and it really did take only minutes. Now I don’t have to hunt in drawers or boxes for the craft supplies I used the most, such as paint brushes, scissors, markers, etc. One more time, here’s the
This was a great way to recycle and re-purpose. So think twice before throwing out those empty containers, you can use them in so many ways! I’ll be linking to the usual parties, be sure and click on the buttons below to visit everyone.
Edited on 11/15/09 to join the party over at Cottage Instincts, since all the materials for this project were already on hand!