The food we purchase comes in all types of containers – from plastic wrap, cardboard boxed and plastic containers. I save many of the yogurt, hummus, bulk item containers and re-use them for storage, craft items, etc. I thought why not re-purpose them into containers that can be given as gifts, hold change, hair accessories, littlest pet shops (if you have a daughter or granddaughter you may know what these are). I had thought about using paper mache to cover the containers at first, but then decided on the decoupage glue we had in the crafts cabinet – not as messy or as much prep.
Repurposed Plastic Containers
Glue and water if doing paper mache
Plastic containers – any size or shape. washed and dried
Scrap material, tissue paper, magazine pages, craft design paper
Newspaper (for paper mache and for protecting your work area)
Dish for glue
1. Cover you work area and place your materials in the middle.
2. Decide what material (s) you are going to use and prepare your materials, cut you fabric, paper or tear tissue paper.
3. Since we used decoupage glue – using your paint brush paint the back of your material, place on the container and paint some glue on top.
4. Repeat step 3 until your container is covered – you may need to allow layers to dry before proceeding.
5. Remember to stop, have fun and act silly!
If using paper mache – cover the bowl first and then follow with decorative items (old sheet music, tin foil, old stamps, etc – you will need to use straight glue to affix these items). Allow to dry and then do one coat of white tissue paper.
I used decorated craft paper and covered the outside and inside of my container. Stella used scrap material she cut into shapes and decided it would be cool to just cover the outside. We have not decided what treasure will find their home in our new repurposed plastic containers.