How to transform a milk tin into a pretty container

wrapped milk tin head

It all started after dinner, when Shannon puked not once, but thrice. We brought her to the doctor, who gave her a suppository to stop the vomiting. The doctor thought it might be stomach flu or food poisoning. Either way, she was to stay off milk products to let her stomach rest. So we had no choice but to buy a small tin of Isomil, or soy milk powder, which she hated. She finished it reluctantly after a week and we both cheered. Her reason was obvious. Mine? Well, small tins like this are rarely found in our home as we usually get her the big tin of milk powder, so I was excited to see what I could do with it (rather than have it go straight to our recycle bin in the storeroom).

wrapped milk tin

I’ve got a bunch of wrapping papers, (yes, I’m one of those people who collects pretty wrapping papers, both old and new). I picked a colourful striped one, and got to work measuring the height of the small tin, then cut out a rectangular piece of paper to cover it up.

wrapped milk tin1

A thin strip of double-sided tape later, I got a prettily-wrapped container. So much more pleasing to the eye then the original container. It took just a few minutes of measurement, cutting and pasting. The edges didn’t feel sharp so I left it as it is.

wrapped milk tin2

I found a purpose for it on my study table, to hold a bunch of Sharpies. I’m thinking it can also be used as a vase or utensil holder. Or perhaps to hold chalks and a duster on our chalkboard side table outside? For now, the colours brighten up my desk and make me happy!

wrapped milk tin 3

I was about to say it would be nice if I had a few more of these containers, but no, not at Shannon’s expense. I’ll look around to see what other containers I can wrap.

wrapped milk tin beforewrapped milk tin after

Do you collect wrapping papers? Or wrap boxes or tins to make them prettier? Tell me I’m not the only one! 🙂

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