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Monday, January 23, 2012

Upcycling an Oatmeal tub into a Faux Birch Container

What's for breakfast at A Tranquil Nook?  Usually oatmeal.  We eat lots of oatmeal, purchased in cardboard tubs.  Oh how hard it is to toss those tubs.  I save them, they take up space.  Finally figured out a renovation project to turn them into Faux Birch Containers.

Some glue, paper scraps, a gray pen and a little time resulted in a faux birch container.  This week, I'll take a number of tubs and paper scraps to a friend's child care center along with one finished tub as inspiration.  A faux birch container or some take off on this seems like a fun craft project for pre-schoolers and beyond.

1. Dust out the inside of the empty tub or vacuum out the oat dust. 

2. Cut scrap paper in strips, ranging from 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide.

3. Sponge glue on the used side of the paper and lay it glue side down onto the tub.  Just keep going round and round the tub.  Birch trees have frayed bark so no worries if the ends of a strip lift up.

4. Let dry.

5. Draw in lines and branch squiggles.

Viola, a pretty container to store crayons, more scrap paper, or what have you.  Why one could even use it as a house for toy stuffed mice or squirrels.

1 comment:

  1. They are also the perfect size to store your extra rolls of toilet paper so the cats don't eat them and you don't have those em-bare ass-ing moments of calling to your spouse to bring you a roll when he forgot to replace the empty one .