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Sunday, September 09, 2007

No, I NEVER Throw Anything Away!!!

You guessed it!!! I NEVER throw anything away. Well, not before it's time that is! These are Crystal Light containers. We go through a lot of them in the summer time. I find many uses for them. I keep one in my workroom, with the lid. I use it for water when I'm painting. I put the lid on it so I can come back to it a little later in the day. Plus the lid on keeps it from spilling should it get tipped over. I keep a couple of them in my laundry room. I put lint in them. Yes, dryer lint!!! I stuff the lint in it until I can't get any more in it. Then I start a new container. Once the second container is full I remove the lint from the first one. By this time it's taken on the shape of the container. I use it to light my campfires in the fall. It starts a fire so fast and safely too!! No fuels of any kind. And sometimes I come up with other ideas for them. Like this!

I decorated the outside of these and filled them with Halloween candy. I used the new decorative paper from Stampin' Up! and the "Batty for You" wheel. On the top of the can I used the bat from "Booglie Eyes." And I even gave it "booglie" eyes!!! It's a fun project but if you're looking to do them your children for school you'd better start saving them now for next year!! Or contact everyone you know and have them start saving them for you! I was hoping to get enough of the small ones but didn't so I had to use a couple of tall ones (not pictured because they're not decorated yet).


These were fairly quick to make. The bat at the top too the longest because I colored it. But this time I was smart (shocker, huh? LOL) and I made some extra in the event that I may actually obtain a container or two before it's time to give them out!

I think these would be a good seller at a craft fair. They don't cost all that much to make and you can even (and probably should) sell them empty. Hey, you could even do the "Soup Can" theme thing on these!!! Beats opening the cans on the bottom (sometimes I forget and pop the top!!! grrr). It beats washing out the cans and it beats risking getting your fingers glued together with crazy glue. Though I did read on someone's blog (sorry I don't remember who's so I can give them credit) but they used Crystal Effects to "glue" the can shut. I'm going to give that a try and let you know how that goes. I do like to have full use of all of my fingers at any given time!

Have fun with these and thanks for stopping by,
Wanda

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

You just amaze me, now I will scout my cabinets for stuff to use.. great idea.

Michele Kovack said...

I too have been saving these crazy containers....and never did a darn thing with em! Now I am inspired....noticed I didn't win that ellusive blog candy....sigh....there is always next time (LOL!)

Alex said...

those are really cute Wanda! You amaze me with all your crafty secrets....laundry lint, huh? I will have to tell DH about that one! TFS - *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anonymous said...

Your containers look great. We use the Wal-Mart version, taste is great and the price is lower. I save ours as well, they are fun to decorate and find uses for. My DH used them for ice in the summer for his lunch box.

Sharon said...

Hi Wanda, Love those Halloween cans. Yes, you can use Crystal Effects or E-2000 or is it E-6000, I can never remember the correct #, and you can use a glue gun to glue the lid on. So there are several options. Thanks, Sharon

~Deborah~ said...

I save the containers that the Slim Jims come in. Very Simular to the Crystal Lights. Yours looks GREAT!
~Deb

Amy said...

I tried to do this but the paper wouldn't stick to the can. What type of adhesive did you use? I just used SNAIL and it didn't work!

jodene said...

Now I am amazed at your creativity. These are wonderful!!

Corie said...

FANTASTIC idea. We have so many of those containers too, I guess I will be saving them now. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Anonymous said...

Cute containers! Love what you did with them.. TFS!

Candisue said...

I have been saving these too! I thought they would be great to alter. I thought some small home baked cookies would be GREAT in them.

or a teacher gift somehow with their name on them. Now I better make something and share too! Huh?

Unknown said...

you come up with the greatest ideas!! I am so glad i get your blog updates, thanks for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

Wanda,
Terrific idea! I love the lint idea too! You are awesome. I'm going to start drinking crystal light. I do the little fruit cocktail cans, but I love the size of these. And yes, I do use crystal lacquer (crystal effects) to seal the cans, it works wonderfully.

Anonymous said...

Wnada, very cute idea. Question, how woould you open the bottom of the container? I am thinking they are plastic. Is there a way to do this so the pop top can stay intact? The lint idea really does work. As an ex-GS leader, we use put the link ito egg cartons dribble hot wax (small amounts) over it to hold it in place. Then tear off one at a time and use as needed. Thanks for sharing yet another idea!

dasimonds said...

You are so very Clever...just amazing! You keep coming up with all these great Ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

What clever ideas. I don't drink Crystal Light, but may have to go out and buy some to give this a try. Maybe my old racquetball cans will work....