Upcycling a Container into a Gorgeous Garbage Bin

Growing up, my mom always saved tiny shopping bags to use as garbage bags in the family minivan. The excitement about finding a new “car garbage” still hits me today when I get a little bag for jewelry, makeup, and other small items. In recent years, I have seen ideas for upcycling old plastic containers into garbage cans for your vehicle, and I absolutely love this idea!

I have been trying to be less wasteful, which sometimes seems impossible with a baby. I always try to repeat the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” to myself. The order of the phrase is very important, so it is good to try to reduce before you reuse, etc. This DIY is a way to reuse, and hopefully it will inspire you to do the same!

The steps are very simple. You only need an old plastic container. I used an empty dishwasher pack holder, but you could use an old formula dispenser or something similar. Then, pick a fun scrapbook paper and get your mod podge, paintbrush, and scissors/paper cutter ready to go!

 

 

Cut your paper to the size of the container. I needed two strips of paper to surround the plastic bin. A simple way to measure is to fold the paper at the edge so you can see where the line is.

 

 

Apply mod podge wherever you are going to put the paper.

 

 

Smooth the paper down and let it dry. I did an extra section on the top since I just loved the floral pattern! I also picked this paper since it matched the bright green of the lid.

 

 

 

Once the mod podge is dry, apply a second coat to the outside and let it dry again.

 

 

You now have a sweet little garbage container for your vehicle!

 

 

Here is the link to the post that inspired me:

http://calicoandcupcakes.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-project-car-trash-can.html

 

Hope you enjoy! XOXO…PB

Teacup Pincushion Inspiration

When I am on Pinterest, I often look at the DIY tab for inspiration. I can’t take credit for all my different diys, often I see them and want to share my experience with them with you. The blog where I found this diy can be found here.

I found a great teacup at the thrift store, once again, for $2! If you want a teacup that has its own plate, you can use that too. Antique stores are guaranteed to have tea cups, but you will pay at least $10 to $15 each.

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This is my teacup 🙂 It has a very wide cup, so it can hold lots of pins in the cushion. Here are my steps:

1. Pick out a favorite fabric and cut a circle out of it. You should only need a fat quarter of it. I did not measure my circle precisely, I just winged it with scissors. The first circle I cut out was too small, but I made a second circle for the cushion that was perfect.

2. Run a threaded needle with stitching all around the edge of the fabric circle. It’s a simple in and out stitch. The stitching is shown in the picture below, but the thread is white, and may be a bit difficult to see.

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4. Pull the needle tight, so that the stitches come together to form a tight bunch. Make a knot at this point to keep the stitching pulled tight for when you stuff it.

5. Stuff that thing to bursting! Be careful when stuffing to know put too much strain on the thread opening. I found that just using one finger worked best.

6. If you would like, to keep it in place easier, but some hot glue around the bottom of the pincushion so it keeps it’s place in your teacup. Then, push the cushion into place in your cup.

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Enjoy!

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XOXO…PB