The days are passing by, and Christmas is on it’s way! At this time of year, it’s fun to decorate our homes and workspaces, but it can be expensive too, so today I’m going to show you how you can recycle your used plastic food containers to make
cute little containers for yourself or as gifts, that can be used as desk or shelf decorations to hold knick knacks, change, or plants .
To get started, you will need the following project supplies:
- Sugar Sands Christmas Beach Bundle by Etc. by Danyale
- Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set by Paper Garden Projects
- Card stock
- Tissue Paper
- Mod Podge
- White paint
- Small paint brush
- Glue dots
- Stickles or other glitter glue
- Dimensional pop up dots
- Scotch tape
After gathering all materials, the first step is to paint the plastic food container white so that the pictures on it don’t show through. By doing this first, you allow it time to dry while doing the other steps. Depending on the paint you use and how colourful your plastic container is this may take several layers.
For the flowers, I layed out the poinsettia image from the Christmas Foliage Digital Stamp Set 12 times on a page and then printed them on red card stock.
After it was printed, I cut them out by hand, though if you have an electronic die cutting machine, you may be able to save time by cutting them out that way. Since the flower will be three layers deep, I divided the 12 images into 3 sets of 4. For the first set of 4 images, I cut out the full flowers. For the second set of 4 images, I cut off a few petals, so cut out about 2/3rds of the flower. For the final set of 4 images, I only cut the centre layer of flowers. There’s no rule to doing it and they don’t all have to be the same, but it makes it easier to layer when the top ones have less petals than the lower ones.
After the flowers are all cut out, use a shaping tool and mat and press down on the reverse side of the flowers in order to give the petals shape. If you don’t have a shaping tool, you can use the eraser side of a pencil or the lid of a pen. After they are all shaped, layer them over top of each other, adhering using dimensional pop up dots. It is best to offset the petals as you do this, with the larger base flowers go on the bottom, and the smaller ones on the top.
For the background paper, we want to print this on tissue paper. I chose one from the Sugar Sands Christmas Beach Bundle. Most printers don’t print tissue paper by itself since it is so thin, so you can use scotch tape along the edges of the tissue paper to tape it to a piece of regular card stock, after which it will print just fine. After it prints, allow time for the ink to dry and set, and then cut the tissue paper off of the base card stock. Now we have lovely printed tissue paper ready to use.
To attach the tissue paper to the plastic container, once it is all white and the paint is dry, use a small paint brush to add Mod Podge to it evenly. Carefully lay the tissue paper over it, tapping it gently to take out bubbles. Allow this to dry, and then add another coat of Mod Podge over top. Don’t worry if it tears a bit, just try to straighten it up as best you can to cover any bare areas. In the end, the ribbon and flowers will end up covering most of it, so if there are some little oopsies, don’t worry, just keep going.
After the tissue paper is adhered and the covering layer of Mod Podge is dry, the container is ready to be finished off with decorations. In this case, I added the dimensional flowers and some pretty ribbon. I like gold glitter, so I used lots of gold Stickles to decorate the flowers.
I’m excited to bring this holiday decoration to work. It will look great on my desk, especially with a little plant inside of it. I hope you have fun with this!