DIY – Covered Storage Cannisters

It didn’t take me long to put my thrifted Laura Ashley wallpaper to use, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been getting J’s Mum to save me these coffee whitener containers over the past few months (other brands of coffee whitener are available ๐Ÿ˜‰ as I had plans for repurposing them. They’re nice and sturdy (they consist of a sturdy cardboard “tube”with metal base and top and flexible plastic lid, you know the kind), so handy for storing bits and bobs, and can be used with or without the lids. Simply covered in my thrifted wallpaper, I reckon they look utterly transformed. You could just as easily use fabric or wrapping paper, or (shhhh!)… get yourself down to your local DIY store and furtively pick up some wallpaper samples ๐Ÿ˜‰

 This barely warrants a step by step photo collage, it’s THAT simple (and quick) to do. But I’ve become so automated in taking photos of everything I do in terms of sewing or DIY, that I thought I may as well share them. In any case, it saves me alot of writing!

  1. Measure the circumference and height of your container. Add around 1cm to the circumference for overlapping the paper, but be accurate (to within 0.5mm) with the height measurement. The aim is to have the paper sit snuggly between the metal base and lid. Covering the original container artwork but not overlapping the edges, otherwise the paper will be prone to catching and tearing during use.
  2. Mark out the new cover accurately using a set square
  3. Carefully and accurately cut out
  4. Using the back seam of the existing label to allign your new paper, stick one edge down (I used glue, but double sided tape may work depending on the paper you use)
  5. Roll/wrap the paper snugly around the container and stick the other edge down overlapping the first.Wipe off excess glue with kitchen towel.
  6. Hold in place with elastic bands while glue dries

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  1. Tasha April 4, 2012

    What a smart idea! I’m trying to think if there’s anything we use regularly that could easily convert to a store container. You’ve definitely got me thinking!

  2. Sarah April 4, 2012

    Lovely! Am a little gutted that I just threw out a massive pile of wallpaper samples….

  3. pusat busana muslim April 4, 2012

    Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!


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