Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grocery Store to Gorgeous, Repurposed Food Containers

When I first started thinking about something to create for this challenge, the first thing that popped into my head was a vision of little flower boxes made with vintage spice tins. Unfortunately, I didn't have any in my inventory at the time, so I went looking through my sad and neglected kitchen spice cabinet in hopes of finding something that had Grocery Store to Gorgeous repurposing potential. 

how to repurpose a pepper can
Score! Two half-empty pepper cans. Who needs that much pepper anyway?
Then I headed out to the garage in search of something to hang the cans on. Love the old cheese graters. Score again!

Flower containers made from cheese graters, pepper cans, burlap and jewelry
Pepper cans, cheese graters, burlap, and vintage jewels = little hanging flower boxes.
Why am I thinking about Pepper Jack cheese?

decorate a pepper can with burlap using Mod Podge
I started by poking four holes in the back of each can, then painted them white so the graphics wouldn't show through the burlap. I cut the burlap to size, used Mod Podge to adhere it to the cans, then glued some twine around the top and bottom.

how to wire a can to an old cheese grater
I used 20 gauge craft wire to attach the cans to the cheese graters.

decorate a pepper can with burlap and jewelry
They needed a little something extra, so I used E6000 glue to attach a silver filigree and vintage earring to the front of each can. The bottles are small enough to fit inside the cans and large enough to hold a flower...or two.

embellish a pepper can with burlap and jewels
When the orange Zinnias faded after a couple of days, I replaced them with Gerbera daisies that are still as perky as can be.

Keeping the cheese theme alive, I couldn't resist one more Grocery Store to Gorgeous makeover. This time, all I had to do was open the refrigerator door.
Repurposed Brie cheese boxes
I have a weakness for cheese.  Any kind of cheese!

Decorated and repurposed cheese boxes
I also have a weakness for tiny storage containers.
After painting the boxes inside and out, I rounded up a few supplies for the makeovers.

repurposed cheese boxes decorated with jewels and hardware
I used a piece of scrapbook paper to cover one box and vintage pattern directions to cover the other. The sides were wrapped with jute ribbon to cover up the raw edges.

upcycled cheese box for holding chandelier crystals
The chippy wood knob with a crystal earring is glued directly to the lid.
Perfect for storing some of the chandelier crystals I use for making necklaces.

upcycled cheese box for holding vintage buttons
To attach the tarnished brass nob, I poked a hole through the lid and screwed it on from the inside.
This one is perfect for storing some of my vintage metal buttons.

trash to treasure grocery store containers
I'll never look at another food container the same way again. 
What's in your pantry?

I hope you have fun checking out all the other clever and creative projects.

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  1. I new you would have great ideas, these are so precious. I actually have a few vintage spice tins I could put to work! And that cheese storage is precious!

  2. Wow! These are adorable! Those are such unique graters as well. I love their shape and your little cheese containers too.

  3. Betsy - your creations are fabulous! What a fantastic upcycle of spice tins and brie containers! So fun touring with you today!
    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

  4. So many fun ideas! My husband likes Coleman mustard and he always asks me...how many of these jars do you need to keep? heehee! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

  5. Awesomeness, Betsy! Love your cheese containers, especially the wood grain papered one - such a cool look!

  6. Betsy, now I know what to do with all those awesome graters I see in the thrift shops! Cute as can be. Love what you did with the cheese containers also. Clever girl!

  7. This is just so clever Betsy. You have such a great vision when it comes to repurposing things. Those graters are awesome. Great job.

  8. How very clever! I can't decide which of these cute projects is my favorite. Looking so forward to using this inspiration.

  9. Fabulous, Betsy! No cheese box has ever become anything more beautiful and your peppery grater flower holders are fantastic as well.
    You should visit France one day. The variety of cheese there is second to none.
    xo Julia

  10. Betsy,
    You did it again my friend...WOW! These are all super neat and sooooo darn cute. Hop over and show them off at my party today.


  11. All of these are so cute and clever. You're so creative! I don't think I'll ever look at grocery store packaging the same again either. And yes, now I'm craving pepper jack cheese. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Angie

  12. Too cute! You never cease to amaze me!

  13. I always like the vintage spice tins, not the new styles, so it never even occurred to me to repurpose the new ones. Now I'm kicking myself that I've thrown so many away! Thanks for the idea, Betsy - pinned it!

  14. These are sooooo cute! I wonder how many grocery stores are going to wonder why everyone is buying pepper and cheese now! Haha! x Karen

  15. So clever! I am sure I have some (really) old metal spice containers in my cupboard. These show the true meaning of the word REPURPOSE!

  16. Well isn't this a clever idea and so stink'n cute!! These would make awesome gifts too. Pinning to share :)

  17. Betsy, I love both projects! They are super!

    xo Dianne

  18. Where will it end, Betsy? Your ideas just keep getting better and better.

  19. Betsy, you amaze me with your ideas and how you seem to pull things together that this little brain of mine would never think about. I love how your pepper cans and cheese containers turned out! So adorable!!!! And I too LOVE ME SOME CHEESE! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  20. Um mais bonito do que o outro como sempre amiga,parabéns.Beijo.Valéria.

  21. I love both projects, but those little cheese boxes are most adorable, uh, gorgeous, to me!!!

  22. These are so cute...and I love your signature touch of bling!

  23. These are just adorable! I love the look of old cheese graters used in redo projects. Yours are so cute! I have saved a couple of those round cheese containers too! LOL, I love cheese too!! Any cheese!!!

  24. So crafty and cute Betsy! You sure are a professional when it comes to making any and all things adorable!! :) Have a great day! xo Holly

  25. I haven't been around much lately but I see you are still creating beautiful things! I love both of these projects. I also love recycled and reused items. There are so many packaging materials that can be repurposed. Have a lovely weekend!

  26. The cheese graters are one of my favorite projects you have done and you have set my head popping with ideas.

  27. Those are so cute!! Love them.


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