Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recycled Milo Can

I finally decided to give it a go at decorating a used can...and it was fun. :D  I used an empty Milo can and just modge podged scrapbook paper on it and glued on some embellishments and voila! Easy peasy.  This would make a super gift I think, and you can fill it up with tea bags, coffee, chocolates or whatever!  Why buy an expensive container when you can recycle your own (& it'll probably end up being much prettier and more interesting than a bought one).

So here's the empty can.  I removed the label of course.  The scrapbook paper wasn't long enough to completely encircle the can, so I cut an extra stip of the paper and modge podged it on first, to cover the gap that would be there:
Then I modge podged the scrapbook paper on, which I had to cut to size first.
Then I just added the embellishments.  I glued on a strip of green patterned paper that was included in a mixed paper pieces package.  This strip was also too short to encircle the can, so I glued the big flower over that to cover the gap.  And then I glued on some green pearls to cover extra strip of paper that I first had to glue underneither:
I used a bronze metallic marker to colour in the bottom rim of the tin that I couldn't cover with paper.
I also cut out a circle of the paper and modge podged it onto the lid with a pearl as well:
I didn't know how else to decorate the lid, it being plastic, so I just left it as is, but I think overall it looks fine.  I can't wait to make more! :D

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Ada said...

Very cute! This is the second mod podge project I've stumbled upon in the last few days and it makes me want to mod podge something myself.

Erin said...

What a clever way to recycle an old can! I think the lid looks great too! :)

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Anne said...

Love it! I do a lot of decoupage, and its so much fun to see really pretty projects like yours. The colors are great! Visiting you from Rook No. 17.

Monica said...

Love that paper. What a fantastic idea. Great tin to put goodies in. IMPRESSED!

xxx Monica

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

It's gorgeous. I love it but you knew I would right?

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Pretty Pretty!!!
I had to bust out the decoupage last week too !
Now that you brought it up - I forgot to post that project!!!

Love the pearls on it too!

Judy said...

That's very clever. You did a great job. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

Chelsea said...

Beautiful project and so wonderfully decorated.

Jacqueline said...

Very creative! thank you for linking up to my party!

Threeundertwo said...

It turned out great! I actually have an interesting oval can that I'm thinking of doing this to. Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

Chrystie said...

Yay!! I'm SO excited I can finally write on your blog! Thanks for changing it (not that you did it for me). ha ha, but It's nice to be able to comment & tell you what I think! :) This is really cute, grate job! I'm so with you on the use what you've got instead of buying something new, besides it's WAY cuter! I save many of the glass jars w/lid from things like spegghetti sauce, just run them through the dishwasher. Some of the jars are really cute too!

Rhinestone Beagle said...

I adore a great recycling idea, especially when it turns out to be ultra cute. All made out of stuff we already have, YAY! Thank you for linking at the beagle.

Jenn Erickson said...

So beautifully decorated and adorned, Monique!

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

I have been working on up cycles for a few random containers too! Thanks for the visit and comment love over at my blog.....popped over to answer your question about the Kumihmo braiding wheel....I make all sorts of things, jewelry mostly, but if I went thicker, I could make belts, curtain cording, hmmm, I am sure the options are endless....I did quite a few posts on Kumihimo. If you enter Kumihimo into the search box on my blog, you can check it out! It is fun....and can be mindless if needed! =)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Why buy storage containers when we can make ones far cuter???

Love the green pearl embellishments...

thanks for linking up to creative juice!

southernscraps said...

This is very pretty! I love to upcycle containers for Christmas gifts and cookies.

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

Yep, I found your did a nice job dealing with the paper too short thing.....I just turned that side away from the camera, but I think tomorrow, I will drill holes in that side and attach a drawer pull with screws. Like a bear stein, only with a crafting can....interesting. Picture a bunch of ladies all with their overflowing craft steins swaying to the crafting song. It is too late for coherent commenting! Goodnight!

Jami said...

I love the color choices for your can! It turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

I just did something similar with this to some empty food-can tins--modge podge makes anything pretty! =P Love it!

You got a new follower--would appreciate a follow back! "See" ya soon!

Scrappy Gifts said...

Super cute! Great idea to fill it up with a gift or use it as decor in the kitchen maybe! Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!