So as my son has transitioned to formula, we've been inundated with these large sized powdered formula canisters, and I just can't seem to toss them out. We started by using them in Hubby's garage - peel off the label and write 'NAILS' in large black sharpie across the front. But as the need for such simple storage began to wain, I started looking at all the extra 'baby-stuff' we had accumulated in the kitchen, that was tying up my best Tupperware. Then I remembered reading a thread about different uses for canisters, and although it's very practical, it's not very pretty to look at. Then when strolling through the dollar store, an idea struck me. Let's make them pretty!
Source: Thrifty Fun
Saved Powdered Baby Formula Canisters $0
1 Roll Sticky-backed Vinyl (aka Mac-Tac) $1
Total Cost: $1 - but there is enough 'mac-tac' left over to do another 25 canisters I'm sure!
1. I started out by roughly eye'balling the canister size. The backside of the vinyl had a grid, so I picked a line to follow. I cut it about 1/2" larger, for some 'wiggle' room.
2. I peeled the vinyl as I went as to avoid a tangled length of vinyl.
3. You will get wrinkles and little air bubbles. For the larger ones, peel back and re-apply - rubbing it down as you go. For some of the smaller ones, rub them towards the closest edge to remove.
4. I tried to follow along the bottom ring as closely as possible, but it still managed to overlap it, so I used the straight sharp edge of my scissors to trim the vinyl. You could easily also use an exacto knife or box cutter.
Ta-Da! I'm not sure how long these will last - they do seem to be very sturdy. We now use them for all our newly acquired baby things - one for bottle nipples, one for bottle lids, and the third, smaller one is for the soothers he reuses to take. And I've gotten my Tupperware back. I think I'll be covering more soon - maybe in more playful patterned vinyl for future kiddo stuff - crayons, cars, etc... and I've already been thinking of our bathroom - hair elastics, specifically!
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