Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recycle Wednesday

I started this project last week but just could't get the time to finish it until this morning. I rearranged an entire bookcase unit to accommodate my excess mixed media toys - you know the ones that wouldn't fit in that rolling bag I bought earlier this year. I wanted to have the  items I used frequently at my finger tips, not stashed in the bag.

In looking at the May/June issue of Paper Crafts magazine, a storage idea caught my eye... something they would be showing in their special publication Practical Solutions. If you can get a copy, look on page 34 - Found Objects for Mother's Day. They took a variety of empty cans and turned them into a decorative storage unit for your desktop.

So here's what I started with:

 I spray painted them all white. I didn't want the traditional colors I'll be using in the studio. I wanted something more about the 'artsy' side of me. Well... I picked up on my witchy colors and came up with this:

I left approximately a 1/4" of the white showing above and below the edge of the base of the deep wine ValuCardstock. Then I reached for the folder containing homemade papers. The green layer is almost tissue paper weight with a bit of leaf pattern through it. Then I added the heavier orange/ purple/ silver handmade papers.I adhered each layer with ModgePodge.  The can in the far back (hard to see) and each of the two cans flanking it (fabric markers and smaller brushes) are glued to another inverted can with E6000 to stagger the levels. 

Now I have my large OneStroke burshes in one can - great for spreading modge podge or gel medium, a can for a variety of smaller brushes, one for fabric markers, another for a variety of texturing tools and one for pallet knives. I'm not sure what I'll use the tuna can in the very front but it helps fill the space. They are not glued to the lazy susan but appear to be stable. 

Next week I'll have a storage solution I designed based on a sample I saw on-line. I saw a storage unit for Stickles and decided I could make one of those. Well, like most of my projects - though I could make it - I design it and hubby builds it. Can't wait to show you!

Creative Blessings!


  1. What a fabulous and useful project. Love the colors you chose for these. Great idea.

    1. Thanks Maggie. Can't take credit for the design but when I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my art table.