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December 21, 2011

Craft: Upcycle Container

If you have been following my blog, you know that we try to live as green as we possible could. We recycle and reuse everything we are able to. Instead of throwing plastic containers away, I always try to find new uses for them. This past summer, most of the plastic containers we had became kids' pool toys. Honestly, they have more fun playing with these containers in the pool more than any other toys we purchased. However, now that it is too cold to use the pool, I need to find uses for the plastic containers I have.

I recently finished using my Oxi Clean. I like the size of the container and I thought it would make a great trash can for the kids in the car. DD snacks in the car and she creates so much trash that she is constantly asking me to hold her trash while I am driving. I thought, "What better way to reuse this container! I should make this into a trashcan for DD." Of course, DD is not going like a trashcan that says Oxi Clean on it. So, I wanted to make it pretty for her.

To begin, I found some leftover fabric I have in the house.
I covered up the bucket with the fabric. There is no sewing involved. I simply cut the fabric slightly larger than what I needed. I used E6000 craft glue to glue the fabric in place and then I trimmed around the edges.
I took the lid and used it as template to cut a circle out of the fabric.
I then used E6000 to glue the fabric onto the lid.
Here's DD's new trash can for the car. I like that it has an easy to open lid so I don't have to worry about trash spilling out while my car is in motion an it will also be easy enough for DD to open and close on her own. The handle makes it easy for her to take the trashcan out when it is full.
This is a simple an easy craft that's also eco-friendly :).

Happy Crafting! 


Karrieann said...

...Love this! I have been needing ideas for containers and storage. I'll be organizing my craft room soon and these will be perfect remedies for LOTS of things!

jocelyn said...

This is really cute, and very eco-friendly!

Amy V said...

what a cute idea! i like those containers too- the sizes are great.....although i certainly didn't get that creative! thanks for the idea :)

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