This blog site focuses on cards and projects utilizing materials and tools from various scrapbooking and paper craft companies.
If you are interested in cards and projects made with rubber stamps from various companies, please check out my other blog site "Stampin' Inspirations".


Come and join the Christmas Group Site on Paper Craft Planet
Click on the banner below


Monday, November 12, 2007

Altered Christmas Containers


Hey Everyone. . .lately I've been having a blast altering containers. I worked on these containers this morning. Why buy coordinating Christmas containers when you can make them yourself? All together, it cost about $2.00 to alter all of the container. I used a total of 4 scrapbook paper, 2 sheets of cardstock and a few feet of ribbon. That's all.

I bought these tins for 25 cents each at a garage sale this weekend. I believe they contained cookies and other stuff. I think the seller was surprised that I asked if she had more of them and probably wished she didn't throw away her containers. Unfortunately, she had only 3 of them.


The other day I stopped by Big Lot and small to medium tins were from $1.50 to $3.00. I decided to hold off on buying them because they were too pretty to alter. What's the point of altering a tin when the container is already pretty.


The garage sale tins were pretty but my goal was to alter them so the design on the tins didn't matter to me. I just wanted them to be cheap. Ha!

Anyway. . .here's what I did with the containers above.

I used Provocraft Holiday Collections designer paper, SU Wild Wasabi and Real Red cardstock, Organdy and green metallic ribbon, and created the scallop circles using my Craft Robo and SU Scallop punch. I added the dots using the Sakura Souffle opaque pen.

It took about 30 minutes each to alter each container.




These containers previously contained trail mix snacks. My husband have been saving them for me. Remember last month when he threw all of the containers that I've been saving not realizing that I wanted to keep them. Well, he felt bad about it so whenever he comes across empty containers, he saves them and ask before throwing them away.





Here are the containers altered. Try it out. . .it's REALLY fun seeing what you can make from something you would typically throw away.













.

17 comments:

Tracy.H said...

Wow! You have been one busy girl. These look great!! I never think to save my jars...cause knowing me I will never get around to actually altering them! ;0)

Sheri said...

I love the Archer Farms square glass jars and have been saving them just for something like this!! Thanks so much!! I'm wondering though, exactly how do you do the sides of the lids? (I'm the type that needs details) Thanks so much!!!

Just me said...

That is great. For the first time, I think I can really do something like that. You make it look easy and like even I can make it happen!!! Thanks!!!!

Angel Wilde said...

I LOVE your altered containers! You are ahead of the game with all of these cool things you've made for Christmas now!! You are very inspiring, Maria!!

Stamper Gail said...

Wow Maria you've been busy. I'm making some snack mixes this year for holiday gifts and plan to do this also. I love all of your designs!!!!!!!!

2 Worlds said...

they look great I think I will buy the snacks just for that :))

Rita said...

Wow, you rock girl!!! These are fantastic! As always you come out with the most amazing ideas, you have such a great eye! I luv it!!!

kathleenh said...

Maria, I LOVE your altered containers! They look fabulous! That's one of my favorite things to do- alter things.

MissaTooU said...

This is a wonderful thing to do. I have altered a few things in the past. But I have trouble coming up with things to put in the altered tins and jars. What do you plan on doing with these altered tins now that you have them looking so fabulous?

My Paper World said...

Beautiful projects, you always inspire me! and your husband is so sweet to save the containers for you!

Nancy Grant said...

Oh no way! Who would of guessed! Thanks for the before and after photos. It really shows the improvements you made.

:-)

malieta said...

Your Altered Christmas containers are beautiful Maria! You did an awesome job on these projects.
malieta:)

Jen said...

I love all your altered projects, Maria. I have tons of cans that have been calling my name - and you are inspiring me to make them and use for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

hugs,
Jen

Sonya said...

All I can say is that You Rock Maria! lol

Flossie's Follies said...

Fantastic, these are awesome, love what you did with these tins.

Yanitza Ramos said...

Wow, these are gorgeous!

Fe-Fe said...

These are fabulous! I must admit I've been doing the same thing. I've just made a pen holder from an empty cardboard instant gravy tub and I have two empty hot chocolate tins ready for altering too.

Now that I'm back in my house again I might be able to get around to altering the rest! These are inspirational.