Altering boxes and containers of any style is always so much fun! Sometimes I see a container and, before I even use the product inside, I know exactly what I want to do with the container itself. Other times, I know I'm eventually going to want to use the container, but specific ideas elude me awaiting the right inspiration. But this month I've had a new experience ... I've received inspiration to alter containers sitting here that I had never actually thought about altering, my Stampin' Store Containers.
I save all of my empty Stampin' Store Containers from all of my Stampin' Up! embellishments - brads, eyelets, library clips, etc. While you can purchase these containers from Stampin' Up! (here), I like to reuse the containers I already have on hand first. I use these containers in my Stack & Store Caddies to hold embellishments that don't come packaged in this format already like our Paper Daisies, standard office supplies like paper clips and rubberbands, and hardware finds like washers that have made it into my crafts. I love the small footprint the caddies. I have 6 caddies already and space for at least one more! I'll do a post soon showing how I organize these caddies and my treasured antique chest which completes my embellishment storage.
In recent months, I've seen many samples of these containers altered! Several were just decorated with paper on the top and/or bottom, others included ribbon wrapped around the sides, one had twine inside and an eyelet set in the side to feed the twine through (genius), and the ones that made me decide I just had to give this a try myself were decorated like little fancy dress hats similar to mine above.
While mine appears to be the lid to this jar, it isn't. I've just placed it on the jar to photograph (and put the flowers from the Stampin' Store Container into the jar for color!). But, this image has me thinking... could my love of altering jars be combined with this technique to create something really fun? Do I have something to store that has two size pieces or parts? This just might be a project to consider for the future.
In the meantime, you've probably noticed I've been playing a lot with my Occasions Mini Products recently. As the catalog comes to an end I'm finally finding that I just can't get enough of these products. I wish I had discovered them sooner!
If you would like to purchase any of the products from this mini (including the Vintage Flower Adornments, Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper, and Seam Binding found in this project), your time is ticking away! Occasions Mini Products are only available through April 31st. Shop Now!