09 April 2012

Plastic to Fantastic!

Hello Friends! I hope you had a lovely Easter.

Do you have any of these in your house? These are some of my plastic food containers that once kept salad greens, nuts, dried fruit and pie. I can't seem to avoid them whether I buy food at the grocery or at the farmer's market.   

Add to that, I also have an overflow of deli container lids. While these are useful for stashing leftovers, I don't have any more room in my cupboard for them. What a blah. But I've got a TADA! idea.

I'm turning these plastic containers into stencils!

Rescue the flat part of the container with a 
pair of scissors.

Take off any ridges. We want it flat. This will be
helpful when adding the design. 

Use craft punches {this will work well if the plastic
isn't too thick}. 

Draw freehand, trace a pattern from a book, or
use cookie cutters.

Sharp precision scissors are a useful tool especially 
if the design contains a lot of detail.

Please stop by every day this week to see
the stencils I made and how I use them.
Have a great Monday!


  1. I'm smiling..do I have any of these in my house? Yes and I just can't throw them away either..and then here you are Claire with a new idea on making stencils using excess empty plastic containers. My cupboard thanks you:)

  2. A big shout out to your cupboard Betty! More ideas tomorrow. Take care & thanks :)

  3. What a superbly awesome idea! Love it. :)

    I've been painting fabric lately, and I'm always looking for new things to try. Stencils would be awesome.

    -- Sarah

  4. I just started doing this! It works wonderfully for pattern pieces.

  5. thank you Claire :)
    these are really fantastic and I'll try it as soon as possible :)

  6. Thanks Sarah! I know you'll have fun with these easy stencils! :)

  7. Hi Lori and Nuray! It makes me giddy that you gals like my ideas! Thanks mucho :)

  8. thank you for the breath of fresh aire i really needed that today

  9. Awww, thank you Anonymous (wish I knew your name)! Happy crafting :)


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