This is a project I made a while back that didn’t quite make it onto my Youtube channel. I thought it might have a place here on my daily blog. The embellishment was kept to a minimum, but you could go wild adding all sorts of alterations to it.

For this simple up-cycling project, I took an empty can of nuts, similar this this, and covered it with scrapbooking paper. First, I thoroughly washed the oil out of the can with dishwashing liquid. I used Ranger alcohol ink in the eggplant color to tone down the red, plastic cover to coordinate with the decorative paper.

I made a flower from a plastic grocery store bag. I used bright copper acrylic paint to paint the squares of plastic that I cut from the bag to make the flower. I allowed the acrylic paint to dry thoroughly before making the flower. The acrylic had a tendency to lift up a little bit while the flower was being made, but most of the paint stayed in place. See my Plastic Bag Flowers Youtube tutorial at this url—

I poked two holes in the center of the plastic cover and tied the flower in place with the string I used to bind the flower together. I taped the string on the inside with masking tape and painted the tape to match the cover to finish the inside. I altered the aluminum color of the edges of the can with Latte colored alcohol ink. Alcohol ink sticks to plastic and metal, and is waterproof.

The decorative paper is from my Blossomwood paper pad by K and Company. Here is the url to the K and Company store, where it may still be available for purchase—


I hope this project is a starting point that will get you inspired to look at your trash in a new way!