Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It! Cute Containers

 Hello friends! I'm linking up with Tara for Monday Made It! I'm so excited to be participating this week!

Today I'm going to show you how I changed a baby formula container into a cute container for supplies!

I've been saving baby formula containers for MONTHS! I kept thinking to myself, "These are great containers! I'm going to cover them and make them cute!" It's taken about 8 months (Yikes!) but I'm finally following through on my idea.

So I started with my supplies. I used clean baby formula containers (Target brand), chevron contact paper (from amazon), scissors, measuring tape, and a plastic scraper (Bed Bath & Beyond I think).

The hubs helped with removing the labels (both layers) from the rectangular and cylinder formula containers.
 These came off easily for us so we didn't need to bust out the goo-be-gone thankfully!
Then I measured around the container and the height.
If you're using the Target brand container the measurements I used were 21 in.around & 5 in. tall for the rectangular one. For the big cylinder it was 17 in. around & 5 in. tall. This allowed for a little bit of overlap and some space on the edges.
*Note you can use any formula containers I just happen to have the Up & Up Target ones.*

I was so happy the contact paper had measurement lines on the back! Yessss!

Now you want to do your best to stick down the first edge of the contact paper on your container in a straight line. Then you slowly (seriously like a turtle-haha) unroll the backing to reveal the adhesive and press it evenly onto the container.

While I was ever so slowly placing the contact paper on the container I was smoothing it out with my handy dandy scraper. This thing was seriously a life-saver! The idea of using contact paper usually sends me into horrible flashbacks of grade school attempting to cover my workbooks & it sticking to everything except the book. Am I right!? But the plastic scraper really made this step easier. The cylinder container was easier on this step and I was able to just use my thumbs to smooth out the bumps as I slowly removed the backing.

Sometimes it didn't go as well...

But overall it was a simple little craft. I think these will look great on my classroom shelves. You could also use them for the kids' small toys, or a travel container for some little legos. I plan on putting a cute label on them so the kids can help themselves to supplies.
 I'm sure once my little guy gets a bit older I'll be using them for little cars and action figures.

Happy crafting & thanks for stopping by!


  1. First off Kelly, I'm not sure how this is the first time I've visited your blog. It is beautiful! :) Love the colors. Great idea with the containers! The chevron contact paper is a pretty touch!

    Creativity to the Core

  2. I got some contact paper two weeks ago, and it is my new favorite decorating too. I did containers and my file cabinets.
    Kovescence of the Mind

    1. I saw a lot of people covering their file cabinets. They look so nice when covered! I have quite a bit left over so we'll see what else I can do with it! :)

  3. I love that chevron contact paper! Your containers turned out so cute.
    The Traveling Teacher

  4. You just gave me some great ideas to use those formula and baby wipe containers that I have been saving for months. They turned out super cute!!

    1. I'm so glad you liked it & found it helpful Katie! It was the best feeling to finally have them out of the pantry! Haha :)

  5. Great job on your containers. I never do well with contact paper. I'm just too impatient!
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

    1. I totally agree with you Sara! I once tried to line my bookshelves-OhMyGoodness! I was super frustrated. I think this is a little easier because it's a smaller piece of paper. :)

  6. How cute! I love that you were able to reuse something you already had! Way to be green!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Thanks! :)They're very sturdy & saved me some money!

  7. Those are super cute and now that I know amazon sells chevron contact paper I see a file cabinet and desk makeover in my future!