Sunday, September 2, 2018

Recycled Coffee Tin

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #41
Use a non-craft item on your project/Recycle

This fortnights challenge theme has been chosen by DT sister CG.  I have a love hate relationship with this challenge theme lol, so many ideas I get sidetracked.  I was going to make flowers out of coffee filters but then knew the hubby had kept our just finished coffee tin for something so decided to use that instead.

To create my project I used an empty coffee tin and free magazine from our pet store which was ready for the bin.

A quick check on You Tube for some tutorials led to this one showing the making of paper tubes from magazines to cover a container, you can check out the video tutorial here.  Lots of fun to do and not hard at all, the only downfall was the burnt thumb from using my glue gun grrrrrr.  I started by creating all the tubes from the magazine, these were then glued to my container with hot glue, yep, very hot glue.  Next I trimmed each of the tubes to the correct length and applied a couple of coats of PVA glue.  To finish off I found some old hessian string which came off some packaging at Christmas and wound this around the top of the paper straws to cover the holes, 4 circular layers in all and a couple more layers to the bottom of the tin to tidy things up.  Yep, super easy and even got a 'coo' from my daughter when she saw it lol.

Image used:-  recycled magazine, coffee tin and twine
Colouring:- none
Other items:- hot glue gun and PVA glue

Challenges entered:-


  1. The paper tubes look really effective and your scissor box is great. Hazel x

  2. What a clever idea - it looks great, and you can never have too many containers for all those crafty goodies!

  3. This is a very cute and clever idea ! I think I may try it if I can get up the courage to use my hot glue gun , LOL .



    Your DT sister

  4. This is so great! You rocked the theme. What a cool way to recycle. Glad to be your team is! Best, CG

  5. I'm always burning myself with my glue gun - I just never learn!!! Great project Jane. I have seen items done in a similar fashion. A great way to recycle more than one item. Christine xx

  6. Sorry about your burned fingers, but it was worth it to get this lovely container. You've gone way beyond with the recycling.


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