Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Formula Can UPcycle


I have been so excited about this project. One day I looked at the big Costco sized formula can I was throwing away and wondered what I could do with it. Couldn't think of anything so I chucked it. Then a couple cans later it came to me!! 
Storage bins for my utensils that were getting WAY overcrowded in their current state.

So I started saving up my cans.

Supplies:
Costco Formula Cans
Fabric of Choice
Glue
Fray Check




I originally wanted to cover the cans in scrapbooking paper but realized the paper didn't wrap all the way around the cans. So then I decided to go with fabric. I found my fabric at Joanns. I.LOVE.IT!

Steps:
  • Measure cans and buy enough fabric for the amount of cans you are covering.
  • Trim fabric to the correct amount (I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat.)
  • Fray check your fabric because it will fray and that is not very clean and sleek looking. Let Dry.
  • Once fray check is dry you can start gluing the fabric on the cans. I used E6000 glue but simply because I wanted to see how it would do. I thought maybe using hot glue might be bumpy under the fabric. The E6000 worked well. I let dry overnight.
So, you're done! Put your utensils in and enjoy.
I thought about putting some embellishment on them, but decided I liked the cleaner simple look.

Here's my kitchen...Lots of Green pops of color!

I'm in love with the fabric pattern AND the color.

So what will you do with ALL those used formula cans?!?!
You could even do this with the smaller ones and put pencils or other art supplies in them. Also I had thought about covering the cans in a oil cloth material because it's right next to my stove and I know it will get splashed with grease and food but I couldn't find a cute oil cloth/vinyl fabric.

I'll be linking this up at some link parties. Check my link party tab to see the ones I join up to!


44 comments:

C K H F said...

Okay that is cute. The fabric you found at JoAnn's is way way hot. I was thinking before I scrolled all the way down these would make great tins for pencils and art supplies. FINALLY a solution for all those formula cans AND all the many scraps of fabric.

Thanks!! Love it.

Anonymous said...

Boy, your kitchen looks great! Well, you could have used cat food containers . . .. :) MOM

Sunni said...

I'm diggin' this project! My brother (a bachelor with no clue of how to decorate) just moved into a new house. Everything in his kitchen (cabinets, floor, appliances) is tan. I'm going to make him some cans like yours to brighten up his dull kitchen. Thanks for the idea!

P.S. I'm your newest follower!

http://sunnissideoflife.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

A million thank yous!! As we speak I have 5 empty formula cans sitting on my kitchen counter, waiting to be thrown out. And now I can upcycle them and use them for something useful. I'm thinking some will go in the kitchen and a few to hold my card making supplies.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Ack!! They look great!

Jo at theCreativeCollage.wordpress.com said...

Great upcycle project! I love the fabric also. I'm visiting from the PoP party.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

what stylin formula jars!!!! such a great upcycle :)

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

I absolutely love this - the fabric and pattern and color! It definitely pops and it looks like something I could do (even when I'm having a butterfinger-y day)! And I LOOOOVE your blog design - quatrefoil and yellow are gorgeous! I'm about to be your newest follower! : )

Leanne said...

Those turned out great. I'm hosting We're oRganized Wednesday through this Saturday and would love for you to add this to the party. There's a great giveaway too.

Walking by Faith said...

What an awesome idea! I have tossed out so many formula cans and am now sick thinking of all the different uses they could have had! This is a wonderful idea!

Found you through HOH and am your newest follower. Stop by my blog sometime--I'd love to have you as a follower, as well! Also, please feel free to come share your ideas at my linky party So Sweet Sundays. :)

morrowsunshine.blogspot.com

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Love that pattern on your cans...they look like a green version of my background on my blog...

I am a sucker for animal prints. Always and forever.

I'd be oh so happy if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Get your crafting shoes on... Hope to see you there...

Karen said...

Now that is a cute idea & they turned out adorable! Love the fabric.

Laura said...

Camilla, I love that! So clever...

Krista said...

Ooooh, I'm going to try with coffee cans and Mod Podge. I have the same issue with an ugly thing sitting by my stove. Thanks for the inpsiration!

Krista @TharSheSews.blogspot.com

Jayna Rae said...

GORGEOUS!!! The fabric is to die for.

aggieam01 said...

Love the fabric. It looks awesome in your kitchen. BTW, I am in love with your cabinets!

Chiara said...

That green zebra print makes me really happy! What a fun and easy project! I shared this tutorial on my Friday Favorites post today. Feel free to grab a featured button if you want it. Have a beautiful weekend!

Leanne said...

Thanks for linking to We're organized Wednesday. I'll be featuring this.

Alison said...

Those are so fun! I've been saving about every other one of the cans because I knew there had to be uses for them, but I didn't want to be a hoarder since I hadn't thought of anything yet. Thanks! :)

Sommer said...

These are AWESOME! I have actually been saving those crystal light containers to do something like this in my craftroom for all my pencils, brushes etc... Nice to see my vision in the finished stage lol. I'd really like to have you share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-11.html

Cha Cha said...

You are a very clever girl, I love these. I love to make something useful out of something that would end up in the trash. Thanks for inspiring me to get creative.

Hope you are having a great weekend,
Cha Cha

Gallamore West said...

I LOVE this!! I have about 10 of those same cans that I've been saving because they're too good to throw out, but for the life of me I couldn't think of a good use for them. Thank you soooo much for solving my mystery. Your utensil containers are PERFECT!!
xo,
Laurie :)
p.s. I'm your newest follower (and I hope it's okay that I share on FB too!)

Molly said...

What a great idea to break up your utensils into different cans! I've used this for my pens/pencils with scrapbook paper but never thought to use for utensils! Thanks for the wonderful idea!
I'm your newest follower!

Suzette and Sarah said...

I like it! This is something useful.

abeachcottage said...

Lovely kitchen, great up-cycle! Love all the green here and there.

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

I was wondering what to do with all those formula cans! great idea. really cute.


new follower,
kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Lowri said...

These look awesome - thanks for the tutorial too. I have been looking for ways to upcycle these - PERFECT idea! Thanks for sharing.
Lowri :-)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great repurpose! very practical too!
gail

Becky said...

Super cute!!!!

neli said...

Beautifull!!!!!!

Felicia said...

Love the green! I too saved my cans for a while but then chucked them because I had nothing to do with them!

Would love for you to share at my link party!
http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-3rd-edition.html

amber marchant said...

How FAB! I love it!! You recycled and made it sooooo pretty!!

amber @ barbwired

Tasha said...

Love love love these! I have some cans that I have been wanting to upcycle and this would be perfect! The fabric totally makes it!! I would love it if you linked these up to my party so I could feature them!
Have a happy Tuesday!
Tasha
www.dotdotdotthis.blogspot.com

Amber said...

OMG!!!! I love this. I am soooo going to start keeping formula cans. I have an in home daycare. I only have one baby right now...but I am soooo going to remember this idea. Thanks soooo much for sharing.

T@iy@ van Gogh said...

Awesome! I always cringe when I throw those away. What a great idea!

livingintaradise said...

OMG I love this. totally trying it this weekend!!

stopping by from the dotdotdot linky party!!!

Please stop by and check out my giveaway at:
http://livingintaradise.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/giveaway/

Inside Heather's Home said...

Oh my GOSH! This is it! I buy costco formula and I look at them EVERY day wondering what I could do with them that doesn't look cheesy. Thought of crayon containers but I don't like the lids because they are printed on....paint brush containers for my daughter...hmmmmm.....YOU HAVE GOT IT! I EVEN LOVE THE PRINT! You are Fabulous and I am now your NEWEST follower. Thanks soooo much for sharing!
~Heather

Tasha said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Try it Tuesday at Dotdotdot!! I am featuring this today so make sure to grab a button if you like!!! Have a happy Monday! Hope to see you tomorrow!!
Tasha

Rachel Sue said...

This is such an awesome idea. I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT! I have a son on formula and was needing more utensil space! My kitchen colors are also turquoise and lime green and I am a Scentsy consultant... And am using the zebra plug in in my kitchen! Thanks for the idea!!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

They turned out great!

I really love the green zebra in there.

Amanda M. said...

GORGEOUS!

strat said...

My dream to have something like it. A complete set of kitchen equipments.

countertops

La Costa Gaston said...

OMG....this is so cute and awesome!!!! I am going to try this and I can't wait to post my pics!!!! #LOVEIT

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