Thursday, September 15, 2011

Repurposing Oatmeal Containers

I eat a lot of oatmeal, and the containers just seem too potentially useful to just throw away! They have lids and could be excellent storage containers for craft supplies, but they look like trash, right? Well, then... I just need to make them look cute!
- Oatmeal canisters (empty, clean)
- Shelf liner/contact paper with a pretty pattern (Option B: use decorative paper and double-stick tape)
- Scissors, pencil, ruler

1. Do a little test to see what the finished product will look like by wrapping a scrap of the contact paper around the canister. I had this shelf liner paper leftover from lining the drawers of a refinished nightstand. You could use any sort of decorative paper, but this particular type has a sticky back to it so you don't need glue or double-stick tape.

Does it look good? Does it fit under the lid? Yes? Okay let's continue.

2. Measure the height of the canister, then add 1/4 to 1/2 an inch so the paper will overlap the bottom. This is the WIDTH of the piece of contact paper you will need to cut out.

3. Wrap the paper around the canister and use a pencil to mark the circumference, then allow for 1/4 to 1/2 inch of overlap. This is the LENGTH of the piece of contact paper you will need.

4. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the lines on the back of the contact paper, then cut out the rectangle.

5. Wrap the paper around the canister to get a good fit, you may need to make an extra cut if your canister is tapered at all. Then peel off half of the backing and start applying the paper to the canister. Match up the edge with the top of the canister, leaving the overlap at the bottom. Use your thumb to smoothe out the air bubbles as you go.

6. Use your thumbnail to press the edge of the paper in at the top lip.

7. Press the overlapping edge down around the bottom of the canister.

8. Put the lid on it. All done! Now do all the rest of your oatmeal containers to make a matching set...

9. The best part: figure out what to put in them!

I discovered that they make excellent paintbrush holders.


  1. that's so neat. i love oatmeal 2. especially w/rasins in it. :)

  2. Same! I buy big canisters of oatmeal and big bags of raisins whenever they are on sale. :) I like to have a little oatmeal with my raisins...

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