Saturday, November 7, 2009

Going Green

Going green is something that seems to be on everyone’s mind lately.  All of us trying to do our part to protect the environment…it’s a good thing!  Altered items are a great way to do your part.  Especially at this time of year when we are looking for inexpensive packaging for our handmade goodies!  For example, this container originally held alfredo sauce for a recent family dinner.


It was washed, altered and presented to a recent hostess as a thank you gift.    She and the others at the workshop loved it!  And who wouldn’t?  It was filled with chocolates.  Holiday Fudge would be a great item to present in this container!

Here’s how I did this one… 

After washing the container, I simply used my black Sharpie marker to color the lid (it was green…already perfect for Christmas goodies).  Using my Circle Scissor Plus, I cut out a piece of orange dsp from the Cast-A-Spell Designer Series paper pack to fit the lid.  I, also, cut out three Basic Black circles in three sizes to make the spider.  These were adhered together with a dimensional between each layer.  Googlies for eyes and Basic Black grosgrain ribbon for the legs.  He’s just too cute!  100_9023The side of the container is covered with the hounds tooth pattern found in the Night & Day Specialty Designer Series paper (in the Holiday Mini).  Because the side of the container is tapered from top to bottom, I pleated the dsp to lay nicely around the container.  It’s held down with the ribbon and topped off with a sentiment punched with the large oval punch, layered on a scallop oval and wide oval.  Very simple with a huge impact!  Of course, you can easily change the theme with any designer paper and embellishments.

Here’s another recycled item…a small jar.  It once held maraschino cherries.  Same concept as the larger container, different scale.  Again, my hostess and her guests loved the idea!100_8989






So, the next time you are looking for the perfect packaging, take a look in your own pantry.  Ask yourself, “How can I alter that item?”  You never know what might be waiting to be reused and given new life.  I hope you’ve been inspired to do your part and Go Green!  Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are welcome.

Hugs ~Leslee~

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