I hate to throw away plastic containers, so I recycled another one to make a cute gift box for homemade cookies this Christmas. I also used a pair of old jeans which had become holey in the knees, so it’s double recycling pleasure on this project.
I made a huge mega batch of chocolate chip cookies, and I wanted something festive to put them in, so I once again turned to the biscuit tubs from M&S which I made a flowerpot from last year. Funnily enough, I think my mother in law was more impressed with the container than the gift inside! All told, this project cost just a few pennies as it was made from cheap things which I had lying around in my crafting stash. You can have a go yourself using any old container and a pair of jeans, or any fabric.
Recycled Jeans & Plastic Tub Gift Box
You will need:
- 1 old container (plastic, metal, cardboard or whatever)
- 1 pair old jeans
- glue (I used hot glue but craft glue would work fine)
- small bits of felt
- small amount of yarn (I used cheap acrylic yarn)
- crochet hook suited to the size of yarn
- chalk or pencil
- Cut down the seam of the legs of the jeans and lay them out flat, right side down.
- Draw around the edges of the container onto the denim with dressmaker’s chalk or pencil.
- Cut out your pieces and trim to the correct size. Don’t worry if they are not perfect edges, as the edges will be covered with glue & yarn.
- Glue your denim onto the container to cover all sides.
- Cut out felt pieces to make decorations, and glue them on.
- With a crochet hook, make a chain of yarn the same length as the edge of the container. Do the same for all edges you want to cover.
- Glue the yarn chain to the edges of the container. You’re done!
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