All-American Upcycled Plastic Can


A no-cost repurposed project that takes less than 45 minutes.
A friend gave me this plastic food container and the challenge to repurpose it.
I used a makeup sponge and an ink pad to make stripes on white card stock (using supplies I already had).
I Mod Podged the card stock to the can and added some star stickers (that I already had) to the lid. It took about 40 minutes including drying time.
This no-cost repurposed can has been useful and many summer picnics and cookouts.

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  • Linda Stone
    on Oct 22, 2013

    Very good use of this container! I use the Nescafe instant coffee containers in a similar way. I strip off all the paper on the outside and adhere a chalkboard piece of vinyl on the outside to write what's inside. I have packets of soy sauce, bar-b-q and ketchup packets, etc. in one and plastic spoons, forks, knives in another. I like to keep one with the plastic utensils in the car. Good for when you are on vacation, making lunch in your room, etc.

  • Marilyn
    on Feb 25, 2015

    Great idea. I love it!

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