Thursday, June 7, 2012

Altered Art: Upcycled Baby Formula Tins

Hello, hello! I'm back, as I'd stated earlier, with a fun project.
I've been saving baby formula tins and little baby food jars, oh the joys of being a mother! The father is not very pleased with the growing number of 'recyclables' (as he calls them) huddling together cosily in all possible corners of the house. I, on the other hand, have loads of ideas for them and every time I stash away another formula tin, I envision in my mind a beautiful new project.
So four of these graduated from being just boring old empty tins into personalised gift holders. I tell you, I had the most fun with this project!
 Here's how it all started - We got Little Miss from the hospital eight months ago (boy, does time fly!) and ever since her arrival I've been wanting to give something nice to the lovely midwives at the hospital as a 'thank you' gesture. Never got around to doing it, shameful, I know. But I'm a firm believer of 'better late than never' (as of today, heh) and I finally finished making my gifts. Call me wonked in the head, but I think there's something sweet and quirky about using baby formula tins as gift holders here, hospital-midwives-babies, you know what I mean? No? Never mind.

 This is what I did:
  • Bought a bunch of little somethings for each of them (I have 4 lovely people in mind)
  • Wrapped them in pretty scrap booking paper
  • Made those handy key tags (the ones you wear around your neck)
  • Customised plain coffee mugs - wrote RELAX.BREATHE.PUSH on them, fun hey?
  • Made some CAS thank-you cards
  • Decorated the formula tins (and had loads of fun!)
  • Filled them up with all the goodies
Now, I just have to make sure I don't take another eight months to give them :)

 The BEFORE picture.

Here's what they look like AFTER being dressed up :)

I threaded some pink sewing thread onto a big fat needle and it went right through the lids. I added tags to write the names on. I think it finished everything off so well.

The goodies all covered in matching pattern paper.

The key tags I made. They were so simple to make. I found the lovely wide ribbon at a local store and they were perfect for this project. I picked up some hook 'n' key rings from the same store. Then I simple cut the ribbon to length and stitched on the key rings.

The idea for the mugs is actually a Pinterest find. I wrote my text with Sharpies and then baked in the oven to set the ink. I avoided the rim to be on the safer side and went for the base of the mug. And of course, I didn't trust my own writing, so I created stencils for the words on my Silhouette. So handy!

And here are the CAS cards...

The highlight of this whole episode was when everything fit in (snugly) into the tins! Perfect, sigh!

So there you have it! My super fun upcycled baby formula tin project. Hope I've inspired you to create something similar.

Happy Crafting!


Deepti Aggarwal said...

wow beautiful stuff.. love the altered tin..