Upcycled Storage Containers

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This Free For All Friday is dedicated to two quick and easy ways to upcycle jars and cans into cute storage containers for your pantry, desk, or craft room. You’re seeing this now because soon I’m currently in the process of packing up and moving to my new graduate school, but I’ll still be coming home on weekends and during breaks. Since my program only lasts a year, there’s no point in buying a bunch of new stuff to organize my pantry and office (since I already have everything at my current place). Despite the cheap budget, I still want my school apartment and room to look good! Thus these upcycled storage containers. They’re cheap, fast, and super easy to make.

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Twine and Yarn Wrapped Containers

These super cute and super easy guys can be used for just about anything! I wrapped some bottles with blue yarn for centerpieces at my wedding last summer, and now they’re on a bookshelf in my home. Keep reading to see what I used the latest ones for!

Supplies
Yarn or twine
Clean cans or bottles (don’t worry if the label won’t come off, you’ll be covering it)
Tacky Glue (my favorite!)
Scissors

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Begin by putting about 1 inch of glue around the base of your can. The coverage doesn’t have to be complete. Attach the end of the twine to the base of the can and begin to wrap it around.

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Continue tightly wrapping the twine and push it up if you notice a gap between your layers. Before the glue dries, you’ll be able to do a bit of adjusting if necessary.

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And you’re done!

I used cans because I want them for desk/craft storage, but you can also use bottles for vases or home decor. You can use any color of yarn or twine, or rotate between two or more colors for a chic color blocking look. The wrapping is kind of tedious, but it goes by pretty quickly. I did four 15-ounce cans in about 30 minutes (during the last half of The Pioneer Woman and the first half of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen).

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Scrapbook Paper Lids for Jars

This project was inspired by The Crafty Lumberjacks, who wanted to use up extra scrapbook paper.

Supplies
Clean jars with lids
Scrapbook paper
Pencil or pen
Scissors
Mod Podge (or you can use a 1:1 ratio of water and Elmer’s glue)
Paint brush or sponge brush
A rag and Goo-Gone, Goof Off, or a similar product

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Pull the labels off your jars. Mine left behind a weird residue, so I had to remove it.

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If there is adhesive residue left behind, use Goo Gone or Goof Off to remove it. My jars will be holding food, so I washed them again just to be safe. Be careful with the Goof Off, I left the rag on my dining room table and it took off some of the paint. Oops!

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While yours jars are drying, collect your scrapbook paper and lids.

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Flip over your scrapbook paper and trace a lid.

Leaving 1/2 to 3/4 inch around, draw a larger circle around the traced circle. Draw a line about every half an inch (it doesn’t have to be exact). You can also do this free-hand when you cut your paper. Cut out around the larger circle and cut a slit at each line.

Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to your lid, gently folding down the flaps. Cover with a thin layer and set aside to dry.

I’m really happy with the way they turned out! Pretty panty storage for rice, beans, and popcorn — plus it was free! I upcycled the jars and had everything else on hand.

I’m so excited to use my twine-wrapped jars on my desk and in my new craft area! I think the twine will add a great rustic touch to my new room!

What do you do with empty cans and jars? Recycle or upcycle?

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  1. […] I thought about taking rope or twine and wrapping it around the middle (like Alex does with her containers here).  Instead, I figured the solid cardboard interior tube was fine, and wouldn’t be that […]

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