Re-purposed Containers

    Posted by  ·  January 13, 2010

    With below freezing temperatures for the last two weeks we have been drinking a lot of this…

    no, I mean a LOT!

    The containers are nice and it seemed a bit of a waste to throw them away — so, to make something good out of our bad habit we re-purposed them.

    With only spray adhesive and wrapping paper they become great gift containers.

    Remove the label. These cans have a label that is only attached with one skinny line of glue dots where the paper overlaps in the back. If you like the simple look of the cardboard canister, a vertical label or decoration would be all you need to cover the glue.

    To cover the can, cut a strip of wrapping paper the height of the container (between the metal top and bottom) and long enough to overlap about an inch when wrapped around the container. Spray  adhesive on the back of the paper and wrap around the container. If you don’t have spray adhesive, no worries— a glue stick would also work.

    Now, I will make some cute heart labels, fill the containers with  peppermint popcorn or heart shaped sugar cookies and we have a perfect little Valentine’s Day gift!

    Actually these would be great for any holiday or occasion!

    Notes: I had wanted to use scrapbooking paper but it just wasn’t quite wide enough for these cans. This is a great project to use up those last strips of wrapping paper that aren’t quite wide enough to wrap a gift.

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    1. Sunday, February 7th, 2010
    2. Ashley
      Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
      I really enjoy this - it's a great idea, simple, and totally resourceful. Captain planet would be proud! ha ha ;)
    3. Jen
      Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      OMG now I know what to do with my formula cans.
    4. Sunday, January 17th, 2010
      Yes! I love this. Many of our Christmas gifts were packaged in coffee cans, oatmeal containers, or Pringles containers this year. They were super-cute wrapped just as you have done and tied with a tulle bow, then finished off with one of the cute tags I downloaded from... your blog. :)
    5. Sunday, January 17th, 2010
      Love them! I linked on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Thanks!
    6. Christi
      Saturday, January 16th, 2010
      My family goes through TONS of crystalite containers. I have NEVER thrown any of them away. I have always saved the tubular containers and lids and filled them with goodies at valentines, easter and Christmas for the kids classmates. We do the same thing and cover them with wrapping paper! Awsome gifts!
    7. Melody
      Friday, January 15th, 2010
      I did this with my daughters baby formula cans. I put my ribbons,sewing thread,and notions in them. They look good on my sewing shelf.
    8. Friday, January 15th, 2010
      I made somethin similar, but I used oat containers. Once we made all the oatmeal, I covered them, laid them down on a shelf and I'm using them to store items in my craft space. (I did use scrapbook paper and had to piece a little bit, but since they're laying on a shelf, you can't see the bad part. Shhhh....)
    9. JudyP
      Friday, January 15th, 2010
      I am guessing the cocoa is pretty good!
    10. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
      Love it thank you!
    11. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
      I had some containers kinda like yours that had peanuts in them. I covered them with construction paper and let my 2-year old decorate them. By switching the lid on the bottom, we had instant drums! She loves to play the drums and sing and dance!
    12. Shari
      Thursday, January 14th, 2010
      Glad to see we're not the only family going through those huge containers like crazy!! Thanks for the good ideas!
    13. JB
      Thursday, January 14th, 2010
      Very cute! I have considered this idea but never got around to actually doing it. I love seeing the final result
    14. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
      Cute! I've done the same thing with raisin cans, to make storage for pens, odds and ends and sewing scraps by my sewing machine:
    15. Jen
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Cute, cute, cute!
    16. Jen
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      AWESOME! Great idea!
    17. Alice
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I use thick pellon and fabric, hot glued on, with some embellishments for metal gallon cans that have had the lid removed with the new type of can opener. No sharp edges to worry about using it. The lids sit right back on them too. These make the best toilet paper containers as no water can get in them and they look nice on the back of the toilet. I use smaller cans in graduated sizes for cotton balls, Qtips, ladies essentials, etc. I give them as gift sets for the bathroom. The possiblities are endless for recycling/repurposing. With a little imigination we can keep many things out of the landfill. I made pencil containers etc. for my daughter who is a teacher in her schools' colors with the paper covering the cans. Love reading your ideas for making life easier. Thanks
    18. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      This is so CUTE! I've made things like this into a bank before, but I really like this idea.
    19. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      My friend cleaned and covered a Pringle's chip can to use as an easy travel case for her hair brush, bows, clips and accessories. Snap on the lid and throw into the overnight bag.
    20. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      That's exactly what I did with my huge coffee tins at Christmas this year! Coulda really used some spray glue though...!
    21. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      i love repurposing things. its like recycling. reuse is recycling!
    22. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I LOVE this idea!! This could work for baby formula cans, too! We've gone through our share of those and I've always thought that there had to be a good use for them once they were empty! Thanks for sharing!
    23. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      They make great banks for kids also!
    24. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      gosh, I love it! It's been a long time since I've done this... can't wait to get started! thanks so much for sharing!
    25. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      So so cute! I am always so inspired by your ideas! My daughter and I have been talking about doing something for the neighbors, so perhaps we'll make some Valentine's cookies soon....

    26. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      i saved about 20 formula cans and got discouraged when the scrapbook paper didn't fit...wrapping paper is a great idea!
    27. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I did these for Christmas and filled them with cookies. My lids had writing on them so I made my own labels for the top using our family's silhouette that's on my blog. ; )
    28. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Great way to recycle! I love doing this with cans. Nut cans are especially nice because they come in so many sizes.
    29. Allyson/@HBMomof2
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      OMG! We are doing this exact thing with our Daisy Girl Scout troop in a couple of weeks. We are using the containers as gifts to parents for Valentine's Day with coupons of what the girls will do for their parents. (Hopefully teaching responsibility and doing what one will say they do.) Thank you for the spray adhesive idea. I was going to go old school, but this will be quicker and cleaner. Awesome.
    30. Carol
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I'm laughing out loud because I literally just finished doing the same thing 20 minutes ago!. I had a hot chocolate can, a pringles can, and a cornstarch container that are now ready at a minutes notice to fill with a yummy treat!
    31. K.
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      great! FYI: you can also trace the carefully-removed label from those square-ish Similac baby formula plastic containers for a perfect fitting template when re-purposing them. have fun!!
    32. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      They turned out beautiful- what a great idea!
    33. nancy ward
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      my aunt had a cookie cutter just the right size to make a dozen wonderful short bread cookies that slide perfectly in a Pringles Chip canister. thanks for reminding of her and those great little cookies. she hasn't made them in years though.
    34. DJ
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      thank you for sharing a fun idea. i will use this one. i have a few cans i keep sewing items in...i can make them look good and label them !
    35. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Great idea! We play with our used containers and make things out of them, but we've never tried this. We'll have to give it a try!
    36. jules p
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I love learning how to reuse a container. It is super neat to me.

      I LOVE your blog. Keep up the good work.
    37. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      That's adorable!
    38. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Awesome idea..and what a beautiful container...I am a upcycler to...
    39. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Those are so cute! Next time before I throw away a can I will check to see if the label comes off.
    40. Silvelaine
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Como um objeto pode ficar tão bonito?! Criatividade e bom gosto, só poder ser...
    41. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I always have containers like this, and throw them away. Duh, it never occurred to me to remove & replace the exterior label. Fabulous idea!!!
    42. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      What a great idea, I have a couple of those great value cans in my pantry right now almost empty, so this will def be something I have to do. Thanks so much!
    43. April
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      What a great idea...Hallmark also carries a wrapping paper that already has the adhesive on it. Maybe you could try that.
    44. April in N Texas
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Love them! will be working on some Vday versions for us, too, soon. I just became a Mary Kay consultant and can see these figuring into Valentine's Day themed party giveaways.

      One note/tip: wallpaper stores sometimes clear out old/discontinued sample books, and the wallpapers can make LOVELY anythings. I know some I have will work great with this project (I've used them for all kinds of papercrafting, including wrapping a Quaker oats can and we love it).

      Stay warm, and thanks for the inspiration -- as usual.
    45. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I use these containers to store my craft brushes in. Since I share a workspace with my husband, this type of storage is really great--they do not break and they are inexpensive! He does "dirty" type work, so if he has an "accident", nothing is lost!
    46. Terry
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Great idea!!! Thank goodness you think out of the box and pass the ideas on to us.
      I will definitely use this. My Granddaughter will LOVE this.
    47. Brie Sloan
      Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      I have sooo many different containers.
    48. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      Adorable.....there are so many things you can put in there....I'm gonna hold on to this for my son's little friends.....great idea
    49. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      So cute! My aunt and I used to make these with baby formula cans :)
    50. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      So cute I have been saving random containers lately! I never thought to use wrapping paper
    51. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      great idea for valentines day candies! :) (and your colors above are perfect for such an occasion!)
    52. Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
      this is such a good idea!!! those tins get expensive!