I decided that I just could NOT discard this little baking powder container when it was empty. It was TOO cute! I thought I’d use it for my SNS “How-to” project this month! The best part about this project, aside from the fact that it is made using SNS ribbons… is that it is “GREEN!” I reused and repurposed a container that otherwise may have ended up as plastic in a landfill. I used scrap paper to decorate it, and buttons from my collection of recycled buttons to embellish it. The tag I created used a recycled clothing store tag as its’ base. Again-I used some small paper scraps to decorate it. You can even use up some of your ribbon scraps…. the lengths required are small!
Let’s see what we can create!
Piece of waxed paper to cover work area
Scrap pce of old sandpaper- anything goes
Garbage can to do the sanding over
Clean, damp rag to remove the sandpaper dust from container
Paper trimmer & sharp scissors
10″ long (allows for a wee bit of overlap at ends) x 1.5″ wide piece of leftover patterned paper in a pattern you like
Paintbrush to apply mod-podge
Mini or Pop-up glue dots (SNS Store carries these HERE)
MM Ribbon Glue (SNS Store carries this HERE)
A strong adhesive like Tombow’s Mono Multi Liquid Glue – for adhering pom pom trim directly to plastic top
4 buttons to form floral centers
About 5 flowers to group in a cluster. I used: 1- 2″ flower, such as these shabby chic ones by Prima, 3- 1.5 ” flowers and 1- 1 ” flower blooms in various coordinating shades (like these by Bazzill: SNS Store Link.)
Gift Tag/Contents list: recycle a small (1.5 ” x 1.0″) store tag or make your own. I covered one from a store and punched a hole in the top for the ribbon.
Ink: for edges of gift tag; I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice Stone, from the SNS Store
Mini lettering for your Tag: I used Cosmo Cricket from the SNS store.
From the September Ribbon Kit:
Three, 10″ lengths of ribbon from the kit- brown velvet, cream dotted grosgrain and the mini pom-pom trim
Small length of cream dotted organza: about 4″ long (for tag)
How to alter your container Step by step:
1- Wash & dry container well. No need to remove label.
2- With top off, use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the plastic. Doing this standing over the garbage can means all the dust will be collected!
3- Using clean damp rag/cloth, wipe off the excess sanding dust.
4- Leaving the container top off, and setting it aside, Mod-podge the surface of the container using a paintbrush (Remember: NO mod-podge on the container top.)
5- Apply the strip of patterned paper you have chosen to cover your container with around the middle, Mod-podged portion of container. Overlap the ends of the paper, using a little more Mod-podge as adhesive to seal the ends where they overlap.
6- Apply a thin layer of mod-podge all over the paper using the paintbrush. Allow 10 min to dry and apply another layer of mod-podge.
7- Allow the mod-podge to dry on main part of container.
8- Apply a thin bead of strong glue (I used Tombow mono-multi) around the upper edge of the top of the container. Glue the brown pom-pom trim in place as seen below.
9- Gather your pieces of velvet and grosgrain ribbon. You will be applying the 2 ribbons to the main portion of the container, over the patterned paper.
10- Use MM ribbon glue to adhere the 2 ribbons, one at the upper edge of the container, and one at the bottom of the container, over the patterned paper, as seen in the photo below:
11- Create a floral cluster on the top of the container, at the edge. TIP: As you do this, make sure it is still easy to open it once this top is placed “on” your container. Try it out carefully!
Apply the flowers to the edge of the container top using Glue Dots. Use the buttons as flower centres, again using Glue Dots to secure.
One close-up view, showing the floral centres (buttons) and flowers in the cluster:
One view of the container top, showing the floral cluster that’s been applied at the edge:
12- Next, create your little tag: Cover a store-clothing tag with cardstock. Ink edges, punch a hole for the ribbon, add ribbon using a slip knot. Trim ribbon ends. Add your label with Cosmo Cricket tiny type lettering. (Mine will say “Stamps”.)
13- Screw top onto container. Glue tag in place. Admire your completed altered baking powder container!
Ideas for using your pretty, reusable container:
* Fill w/ wrapped candy as a TY treat for a teacher, coach or group leader
* Hold a roll of postage stamps on your desk
* Add funny quotes and encouraging sayings and give to for a shut-in or a senior citizen
* Surprise! Ttry enclosing a gift certificate to the movies or a local restaurant and leave on a friend’s doorstep
* Enclose a money gift for a teenager at birthday time
* Store push-pins for your bulletin board or paperclips on your desk
Thanks for popping in to see this fun, green project! Try one- I KNOW you’ll enjoy it!