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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Recycled Christmas Containers for the Office

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the most wonderful time of the year again... yes, Christmas is upon us in all its commercialised glory, with retail outlets displaying their finest wares, carols blasting at top volume, everyone rushing to do their christmas shopping in order to get ready for the holidays.

As always, I try to think about ways to make Christmas gifts using recycled or repurposed items. This year, for my colleagues, I decided to use recycled jars and fill them with chocolates and treats as gifts.

First, I went through my craft supplies to see how best I could create a design for the jars that would use up all my existing materials. I found I had lots of red glass paint, gold coloured pieces of cardboard, and white ribbon. After a few sketches, I finally settled on the design below.

Each jar was thoroughly washed and soaked overnight in soapy water to remove the labels. The jars were then dried for several days. Next, I used a piece of kitchen sponge to sponge the red paint over the jars. They were then allowed to dry. I cut out star shapes from the gold cardboard and used double sided tape to stick them onto the jar. Each project was finished off with a white ribbon, then filled with chocolates.

My colleagues loved them! :-)

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