upcycled gerber snack container

Upcycled Gerber Snack Container

So, like many of us moms, I have tons of these…..

And Wade said that I have to do something with them by the next trash day or they go in the recycle bin because they are like rabbits and just keep multiplying.

Challenge accepted.

Here is the first project using a bunch of scraps I found around the craft room, they are:

  • Crunchies can
  • Burlap
  • 2 fabric strips
  • Flower with button center
  • Rick rack
  • Hot glue gun

Take your scrap of burlap:

And make a rectangle that will fit the can:

And hot glue it on:

Then you have this:

Next I took a strip of black and white fabric and hot glued it flat on the surface around the middle of the can:

Then I added a white ruffle with the glue gun- here is where it can get tricky, by all means sew a ruffle whatever way you know and hot glue that puppy around the middle of the black and white fabric. I made a ruffle with my hot glue gun and this is how I did it:

First glue the end on:

and then I put a little glue on and pinched the fabric before the glue dried.

It worked out pretty well.

Then I found a piece of jumbo pink rick rack that I hot glued around the center… I really found things as I went lol:

Next came a flower that I had all set up to be a hair accessory that was ready to just be hot glued on something (it is more pink that it looks):

And it was done! Ready to be filled with writting utensils and placed on a desk… maybe your child’s teacher’s desk.

Just sayin’,

when I was teaching I would have loved something handmade like this for the classroom.

7 Responses to Upcycled Gerber Snack Container

  1. Kara December 16, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    I would TOTALLY put that on my desk!!!

  2. Michelle L. December 16, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Hi, Michelle - that is pretty adorable! I am extra impressed by that glue-gun ruffle, it looks so elegant. Thanks for a great idea and technique I have never seen!

  3. Jennifer Dawn December 16, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Great idea. I’m kicking myself now for all of the ones we threw out.

  4. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma December 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    Great way to upcycle…

    if you have a moment, please link this up for my readers to see at my creative juice party…

    nicolette @

  5. Elizabeth December 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    Fabulous idea! Who doesn’t have a thousand of those laying around??? Great job! Hope you’ll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  6. DANA December 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean


  7. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks for linking this awesome upcycled project in Creative Juice Thursday…

    You’ve inspired me to save my hubby’s pringles cans! {we are past the baby snack stage}

    Hope to see more of your work in the upcoming weeks…