Altering items is a great way to reuse something that was headed for the landfill. I took these two tin containers (they were really good sizes and I couldn't bring myself to throw them away) and with a little cardstock, ribbon, stamps and glue (a lot of glue), and ModPodge (a lot of Mod Podge), I made them into something fun.
My son is in Boy Scouts and every Fall they sell popcorn that comes in these very sturdy little tins. While the cute little images of boys that I don't know are very nice, not really something I want to look at daily. Covered with some cardstock and a ribbon on the top edge (to cover my not so straight positioning of said cardstock) and I have a great holder for all my scissors, along with some paper clips on the edge.
The next tin is from a friend who gave me a gift of some Irish tea. It has a great hinged top and since my daughter loves to have a place to keep her "treasures" that she finds, this was the perfect container for her. I roughed up the finish on the top lid with sandpaper, painted one coat of gesso and another coat of acrylic blue paint and it covered the metal perfectly. The flat surfaces were covered with cardstock and then I stamped images from the Fairy Kisses and Ribbit stamp sets on white cardstock and cut them out. I mod-podged the stamp images on to the covered container, creating mushroom and frog scenes all the way around the container. Once everything was dry, I gave the whole container another coat of Mod Podge to seal it.
Celebrate Earth Day with some fun altered recycling! Grab a box or container headed for the trash and create something fun for your kids or your office.
Happy Earth Day!