Are you a nut lover? Hahaha! Weird question, I know. But the reason I ask is because my family loves nuts, and we always have containers left over when we’ve eaten them all. I really hate to throw nice metal containers out – they are way too perfect for recycled craft projects! So I don’t throw them out. I keep them and Mod Podge with leftover fabric. In case you were doing the math in your head, that is a grand total of $0 spent (minus the cost of the nuts). If you are looking for a great free craft to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) then this is for you. Here’s how I did it.
- Recycled tins – any size and shape
- Fabric leftovers – larger enough to cover the container
- FolkArt acrylic paint – Pure Titanium (optional)
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Paint brush
- Scissors, craft knife or rotary cutter
- Craft glue
This first step is optional. If you have containers with dark patterns on them on your fabric is kinda thin, you might want to paint the container. I did that with this green and black container so that the pattern doesn’t show through the fabric.
The next step is to prepare you fabric with Mod Podge. This will make it easier to cut without fraying, and easier to apply to the container smoothly. Simply paint a medium coat of Mod Podge on the fabric and let dry.
Once the fabric is dry, cut one edge to be straight. You will use this as your reference.
Place your fabric on the container and measure where you need to cut at the top. I didn’t even use a ruler, but you can. I just marked it with my finger. Once you do this, cut to fit the container.
Place a medium layer of Mod Podge on the container and then carefully wrap the fabric around, smoothing as you go. Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Paint several coats of Mod Podge on the outside to seal. I didn’t paint onto the tin, but you can. I just wiped the Mod Podge away if it got onto the tin. Yes, I am a messy crafter.
The lid is WAY easier than you think. Place the lid flat onto the back of the fabric and trace with a pencil. Now you have a circle on the fabric. Cut about 1/2″ extra around the circle on the outside – so you are cutting a larger circle than you traced.
Why did you do this? Because you are going to Mod Podge the circle to the top and then cut the overhang and fold it down. You can see how I did it in the picture. Do it all the way around the lid, cutting and Mod Podging. Trim off extra with scissors.
Add ribbon to the rims of the lids and buttons to the tops. If you want to.
You now have fancy containers, and you can feel good because you’ve done a recycled craft. Enjoy!