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Recycle an Ice Cream Container and Make it Pretty

Awhile back, I bought some ice cream that came in a pretty nifty plastic container (it was good, too!). I saved it because I thought I might be able to use it for something. I use sponge brushes all the time and buy them in bulk. I have a ton of them but have no real place to store them. I figured I’d use the ice cream container but “dress it up” a little to match my decor. Today, I’ll share how to recycle a container and make it pretty and useful!

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Materials:

  • Plastic ice cream container
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Scissors & craft knife

Throughly wash and dry the container. Mine is oval-shaped with a lid which can be useful for all sorts of things! (The ice cream was good, too!)

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This particular container has a lip around the top edge so I used blue painter’s tape to secure the paper to the container, then used the craft knife to cut around the edge.

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I laid the piece I just cut on the remaining scrapbooking paper in order to cut a second piece. I cut the second piece slightly shorter so that the paper stopped at the sides of the container.

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I covered the container with Mod Podge in Matte and positioned the longer first piece on the container, then I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles. I applied Mod Podge on the rest of the container and positioned the second piece of paper.

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I wanted to cover the center of the lid, also. The leftover piece of paper just happened to be wide enough for the lid. In order to cut the oval, I positioned the paper on the lid and used my fingernail to score the arc. I folded the paper in half and cut the other arc.

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I coated the lid with Mod Podge and adhered the paper.  Once everything was dry, I coated the entire container with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

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Voila! Pretty storage for my brushes!

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I have hoarded saved several containers that I plan on updating. Any questions on how to recycle a container and make it pretty? Leave a comment below!

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  • Rochelle Taylor

    Wow, that did turn out cute, and I don’t think I would have guessed it came from an ice cream carton!  Stopping by from Tip Me Tuesday!

    • Cher-Ann

      Thanks so much! It gives me an excuse to eat more ice cream!

  • Allisamazing

    Love this idea!  I am pinning it :)

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it! :)