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« on: January 25, 2010 11:42:17 AM »

After finishing off a tin of Green Tea the other day I got the bright idea to redecorate the can and give it a second life.



Supplies! Craft Paper, Empty Canisters, and Glue.


How To:

    * Find a canister youd like to remodel.  You can probably find some likely candidates in your pantry.  Tea tins, tobacco canisters, coffee cans, and powdered drink containers are just a few examples.
    * Remove any problematic packaging from the container.  If it has a paper label, you may want to leave it on.  As long as it is smooth and well adhered, it will actually help to keep the decorative paper attached.  Things you may want to remove include stickers, pamphlets, or oddly places labels.  The best thing to use to remove them is a adhesive remover solution, but if you dont have one handy, you can try mayonnaise, hot water, nail polish remover, or even vegetable oil.
    * Carefully cut a piece of decorative paper to fit around the container.  It is best to use thick papers like card stock or scrapbook paper, otherwise you may be able to see the original packaging underneath.
    * Using School Glue or Elmers Glue, spread a thin layer of glue evenly across the wrong side of your paper.  I like to spread thin circles instead of spreading it flat, but the choice is up to you.
    * Carefully attach your paper to the container and hold it firmly until it has dried enough to hold its own shape.
    * You can add a line of ribbon in a corresponding color to the papers edges to give the container a more finished look.  Just measure it out and attach it with a very thin coat of glue.

Your finished canisters can be used for about a million things.  Try using them to hold any number of little doo-dads. Take the lids off and they can hold paint brushes, pencils & pens, silverware, or faux floral arrangements.
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010 11:59:50 AM »

Love the modern revamp and recycling idea! I should have some spare containers to give this a try. I can always use more storage ideas and this looks like it would hold alot of pens in one spot. Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010 01:30:41 PM »

What a great idea! I always keep those tea canisters since I figure I can use them somehow someday (sounds crazy, ha).

Love the papers you chose!
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010 02:18:15 PM »

Thanks, the paper is from an Amy Butler stack I found at Michaels!
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010 04:39:13 PM »

Hmmm...I think I may have to do the same! They're so pretty!
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010 05:43:11 PM »

Very Cool !! I have been making a project with the same tea tins they are great very sturdy..And there tea is great
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