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Friday, December 25, 2009

{twine-covered cans}

With two babies at home, we go through an ENORMOUS amount of formula. Thus, we have a plethora of formula cans that I've saved, not wanting to throw them out, knowing I would want to do something (or more than one thing) with them.
The first thing I decided to do was use them to add a little more space to my craft closet. I am lucky enough to have a large walk-in closet with storage drawers that houses all of my craft & sewing supplies. It's amazing, however, how fast I have filled up that space! In making these cans for some of my supplies, I emptied out a couple of drawers to make room for other things. Yay! They are cute, and can you beat that?
You could really use these for just about supplies (next on the list), laundry items (clothespins, etc.), pantry storage, or even in the bedroom (lotions, hair supplies) or bathroom.


  • empty formula can, label removed (you don't have to use a formula can. I'm also saving oatmeal canisters...but you could use any type of round or square container that's big enough for your needs.
  • natural jute (I used 1 1/2 spools for 3 cans)
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon
  • scrapbook paper
  • double stick tape
  • hole punch
  • distress ink
  • small safety pins
  • Cover your can with twine, using thin streams of hot glue to hold it in place. I only used hot glue every once in awhile, making sure to secure the beginning and end really well. I didn't want to glob it down with too much glue. Pull the twine tightly, and wrap it well, and it will stay in place.
  • Using the glue gun, adhere ribbon to the top and bottom rims of the can.
  • Create your label, and mat on card stock and scrapbook paper. I printed mine on the computer, but you could use vinyl lettering, foam stamps, or other method of lettering. Distress all edges.
  • Punch holes in the sides of your label, and tie ribbon in a knot through the hole.
  • Attach the label to the twine, using the small safety pins. Ta-da!

Now I'm off to my put my feet up, read the book I've been dying to dive into, and eat a candy cane (maybe a little hot chocolate too.) Bliss.

Merry Christmas all!



Blogger Steph said...

I would love to know what font you use for your labels. I just love it!

December 25, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Marni said...

K. So, I have been following your blog for a while now... and I have decided to come out of hiding! ;) I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! You seriously have the cutest ideas ever! Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I have "tried" to re-create some of the things that you have made. Mine never turn out as cute as yours though! :) Thanks again and keep on crafting!!

December 25, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Very cute and useful. Everyone needs extra storage--these would come in handy.


December 25, 2009 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Steph--the font is called Freeze! You can download it for free here: www.kevinandamanda/fonts/freescrapbookfonts. She has a ton of fonts on her site, all free!

Marni--I'm so glad you came out of hiding!! I'm glad to see you here.

December 26, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Twine is now officially on my to-buy list. These are so so so cute!

December 26, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger The Girl Creative said...

Cool! I have been eyeballing an oatmeal can at home wondering what I could do with it. Sounds like a plan to me. :)

December 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger The Painted Home said...

omg! LOVE

January 2, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Now this is cute! I knew I saved all my Stephen's Hot Chocolate containers for something. :)

January 7, 2010 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

These are so cute! I am featuring them at Grab my "featured" button.

January 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger said...

These are very cute! The little label adds so much to them. Thanks for sharing. I've posted a link.

February 10, 2010 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Those are so stinkin' cute!! I'm having a twine themed link party at my blog ( and I'd love for you to link them up!

April 30, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

This is so cute and creative!

May 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

I love this idea - I purchased a ball of twine at the dollar store and I'm obsessed with it now.

July 15, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Your formula cans came out amazing! I love them.. the labels are so cute. I hope it's okay, I just couldn't resist featuring them on my new blog here:

Thank you for sharing your pretty cans :0)

January 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Christel, The French Homemaker said...

I love the idea! I'll try with my Ravioli cans!
Thanks for sharing!
PS: you have a great blog!

April 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty and easy, I am going to make them myself! :) thank you for sharing

May 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM  

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