Saturday, August 29, 2009

I'm a trash collector

I haven't switched my career path, but I am a trash collector (refuse removal technician if you want to be politically correct). No, trash collection is just a little something I've taken up in the past few weeks. A couple posts back I said that I was bringing home empty frosting containers from work. Here's one of the cream cheese frosting containers that took a little ride home with me the other day. I even left a note hanging on my bakery table for the girls to save these if they empty any on my days off.


And this is what I'm doing with them.


These 2 aren't actually finished yet but I couldn't wait to show you. For the brown and green one I used scrapbook paper and the other one I printed out some digital scrapbook stuff on parchment paper. Then I used mod podge to stick them to the containers. When it dried I brushed a layer or two or three of mod podge all over the whole thing.

The brown/green one will have a wood furniture knob attached to the top of the lid and the other one will have a fabric yo-yo flower and fabric leaves attached to the top. I have 5 more of these containers sitting here ready for me to decorate so I'm off to go see what else I can do with one.

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

24 comments:

Ms. Marie said...

that's a great project you have going on there. what do you use them for? or do you create them simply for decoration?

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BeadedTail said...

Those turned out great! You are very creative! I would never have thought of doing something like that.

Sheri said...

Thanks for sharing these. I've been saving these and others because I knew I could do something fun with them. What a great container to stick a gift inside.

Thanks for the ideas!

Campbell Jane said...

These are so cool! I love recycle/upcycled art!

Audrey said...

Those are great!! I often go to the local self help store to see what cool containers they have, just haven't figured out what to do with them.

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

They are fantastic!! Your collecting has certainly paid off!!
A wonderful job.

digivickie said...

Ohhh, love this idea! Wish I could still craft.

Jody said...

You have done a great job and these will make wonderful gifts. Was it hard to do the lids? The photo looks like you did a super job with the lids and they appear to be a bit rounded.

Ann said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone

Marie I plan on using them to put home made goodies in like candy or cookies or something

beaded tail, I didn't come up with it on my own I think I saw the idea somewhere else once.

sheri, glad to hear someone else saves stuff like this besides me.

Campbell jane, yep me too

Audrey if you do anything with yours i hope you post pics on your blog, would love to see

june, try telling DH that...lol

digivickie I've been away from the crafy thing too long and i've been having so much fun getting back into it

jody the lids were pretty easy, just a round piece of paper for the top slightly larger than the lid, clip the edges hanging over so they laid over the edge and down the side a little smoother and then a narrow strip for the side.

Bambi said...

very crafty, nice work

Tammy said...

What a beautiful project and this would be great for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing

VanillaSeven said...

Beautiful recycled cans. Neat work Ann :)

Buggys said...

These are very pretty, I like them. How big are they? I am looking for creative ideas for christmas gifts (low cost). I might be able to do something here...

Jude said...

What a great and creative idea and I'm sure the recipients will appreciate all the time and love you've put into them, great idea for Christmas cookies and goodies.

Connie Girl said...

These are really cool. Gives me some ideas!
Nice job. I gotta stop reading craft posts, so many projects, so little time!

earthtoholly said...

What a great idea! I can see these as cookie "tins" for gifts come the holidays. You are sooo creative!

Angel said...

Those are awesome! What a clever idea, and a great way to recycle.

Three Fates said...

Wow, these are great. What a fantastic idea!!!

Ann said...

Wow thanks for all the great compliments everyone.
Buggys they aren't real big, about 3 3/4" high and about 3 1/2" wide. This is just a container that frosting comes in like Duncan Hines or whatever.

Morten Pedersen said...

Great idea!

Kirsten said...

Hi Ann - I am so envious of people who are creative enough to make something out an otherwise drab piece of garbage. Another man's garbage is another man's treasure!

~Billie~ said...

What a great project! And the perfect way to repurpose an old item. Love it!

Miawa said...

You are so clever and they look great, just mail mine to......(LOL) CHOCOLATE

Ann said...

Kirsten, gotta love recycled stuff

billie thanks this just fit right into my plan of saving money.

miawa, hmmm wonder if I still have that address from when you won my contest for the chocolate bar?....lol

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