Last week, my youngest daughter and I made a fantastic Modge Podge project. It was simple, fun, and turned out so cute that my son wanted to make one, too.
This canister project is so simple that it makes a great summertime, mom-I’m-bored or rainy day activity. And, a definite plus, most of the materials needed are probably things that you have around the house, making it inexpensive and earth-friendly.
- Modge Podge (We used the glossy finish)
- Paint brushes or sponges
- Old magazines (fabrics would work, too)
- Empty canisters (such as tin cookie or oatmeal containers)
- Newspaper, sheet, or old table cloth to protect work surface
Cut or tear interesting photos from the old magazines. Fun images are one option, but also choose photos for color and pattern variety. Tearing the edges offers a more interesting texture variation.
Alternately, your child – or you, because I thought this project was a lot of fun for me, as the mom, too – could choose colors for a pattern, a specific set of images (animals, favorite TV characters, or Legos, for example), or pictures to create a scene.
“Paint” the images onto the canister, making sure to overlap them in order to fully cover the container.
Note: You may not want to fully cover the edges of the container lid where it fits down onto the canister body. I had a hard time fitting my lid on after doing so and now I’m afraid I’m going to mess up my design when I force it off.
Allow to dry on wax paper so that the finished product doesn’t adhere to the surface on which it is sitting.
Do you notice the cat on my daughter’s canister? It looks like it’s trying to catch the goldfish. She didn’t plan that, but was delighted with the effect when she noticed it.
The finished canister can serve a variety uses:
- Pen and pencil container
- Coin bank
- Hair bow/pony tail holder container
- Housing small toys, such as Lego blocks
- Christmas gifts for grandparents
- Flower pot (if a cookie tin was used)
What would you use it for?