Jul 30, 2009

Tin can makeover

Lately I have been seeing all kinds of great "revamp" projects on various blogs so the other day when we went to the city for a doctors appointment I decided to check out DI (a thrift store) to see what caught my eye. I saw this large tin can (thrift stores are loaded with these usually) and decided it would be a great container for toys in small fry's new bedroom. Here is what I did.

I used Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper to recover the can. I had to use 3 12x12 sheets of paper to get all the way around it. I brushed the glue on with a foam brush and then applied the paper (you have to do this in sections otherwise your glue dries too fast). I did find that the paper bubbled in a few places and I did my best to smooth it out but even in the end there were bubbles but I don't mind.
The paper without being cut hung over the top edge about an inch. I decided to fold this down inside the can and glue it. After all the paper was glued down I then did another coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper. You have to give this a good amount of time to dry after.

For the lid I traced around the circle but added about a 1/2 inch. Then I cut this piece out. Again I brushed the glue on the top of the lid and stuck down the paper.

Then I cut slits towards the lid all around the edge of the circle. I brushed glue around the side of the top and pressed the paper down. The slits help the paper lay smoother than if you just folded it down.
I found that my paper didn't quite cover the whole edge but I had some little border strips that came in the packet of paper I bought so I glued those around the edge too. I then brushed glue all over the whole thing. In the end however I found out that adding the paper around the bottom made it impossible to put the lid back on. I tried everything and could not get it to fit. But since I am going to use the tin to hold toys it won't really need a lid anyway. Small fry did have a great time using it as a drum stick to bang on the other part.

This is the final product. What a cute toy bin don't you think? I now need to go back and get a couple more. I think a set of three will be really cute in her room.
Here it is with the super cute but totally unusable lid.
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  1. Lovely project!
    I haven't ever been able to decoupage anyting with a nice result and I love how easy and lovely your work seemed to be!

  2. This turned out so cute. I need to get started on all of my projects that I have now collected for myself.

  3. i cant believe i've never thought of this! it would also make a cute trashcan or to use to put gifts in!


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