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Turn a used formula bin into Cute Storage

So if any of you have little ones then you might also have a bunch of these formula bins laying around.  As much as you can try to buy only the refill pouches of formula, somehow you keep ending up with new bins. 

 


I always swap out the bin when we get a new one...but I couldn't bring myself to toss out the old ones.  They are such a perfect size for craft room storage and made out of good solid plastic.  So here is a quick tutorial I came up with for how to repurpose those formula bins into cute storage.

 


Supplies:
empty formula bins
spray paint made for plastic
pretty paper
spray adhesive
scissors/exacto knife

First you'll need to carefully remove the lids without breaking off the little sticks that hold it on.

Once they are off, clean them up and spray with spray paint that is designed to stick to plastic.  I used Krylon Fusion in black because I had it left over from another project and this project only used a tiny bit of paint.  Make sure to spray the top and bottom of the lid.


Next, measure the bin and cut your paper to fit.  I was using 12" scrapbook paper and had to cut two pieces to get enough to cover the entire bin.


Make sure to measure where the two notches for the lid are and cut them out of the back piece of paper.

(sorry for the blurry picture...my one handed photography could use some work!)

Using your spray adhesive, attach the paper to the bin and secure with rubber bands while it dries.  I was a little slow on adding the rubber bands to my bins and that's why you can see some wrinkles in the paper. 


And that's all there is to it.  Using supplies you probably already have on hand you can repurpose what would be trash into useful storage. 

 

You just have to find the time!

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Easy Fabric Silhouette Wall Art

This tutorial is for one of my favorite projects and I can't wait to share it with everyone!
Silhouette Wall Art 

 
 I did this project in my youngest daughters room and absolutely L.O.V.E how it turned out!  I've had this idea in my head forever and finally worked out the kinks to get it done. 

I wanted to do some larger artwork above her crib, but wasn't comfortable hanging anything above her that was super heavy or had glass.  My kids run tall and I know she'll be reaching over the side of the crib before she's a year old.  What's so great about this project is the main material is foam board and weighs practically nothing.  So if she manages to pull one of these little guys down it won't hurt her at all.  Gotta love super easy, affordable, and safe projects, right?  Every mother's dream!
So here are the steps you'll need to make this super affordable and customizable project.

Supplies:
foam board
fabric
exacto knife or box cutter
fabric glue
spray adhesive
First, you'll need to cut the shapes out of the foam board.  I'm not gonna lie here ladies...this can be tricky!  It took me at least 5 passes on each cut to get through all the layers in the foam board.  And with some of my animals being about 2' wide/tall it took some maneuvering.  But just be patient and go slow...you'll get through the foam board eventually.


Once you have your shape, lay it on the fabric and trace it out with at least 1.5" to spare all the way around. 
**Note: make sure to trace your shape onto the back side of the fabric so you cut it out the right way...learned that lesson the hard way!**
Next cut out the fabric pieces.

Using the spray adhesive, attach the fabric to the front side of the shape.  Make sure to get any bubbles out at this step before the adhesive dries.
Once it's dry you can start to wrap the fabric around the cut out.  Slowly work your way around the cutout and glue the extra fabric down using the fabric glue.  I tried to use a brush for this part...but quickly found out that nothing works better than the tools God gave you! 
I found the best process was to (1) run a line of glue on the section you're working on (2) slightly stretch the fabric around the edge and over the glue (3) use your finger to smear/spread the glue as it seeps through the fabric.
When you get to the tricky areas where there are lots of curves you might need to add extra glue on the top of the fabric and smear it around to make sure it's all sticking down. 
Your fingers will get really sticky...so make sure the kids are down for a nap and you've already gone potty before you start gluing!  This is not an easy part of the process to hop up from!
I would also recommend lifting up the shape every once in a while to make sure everything looks good.  Especially if you are using a striped fabric and you don't want the lines to get off center.
Once all the glue is dry you are ready to hang them up! 
**Note: These foam board hangers work perfectly for a project like this!** 
I went with a cluster/cloud shape centered over Baby Girl's crib.  I also thought about a long photo shelf across the whole wall to stand all the animals on.  Really, the options are unlimited!


I hope this project inspires you to add some easy quick artwork to your walls.  The options are endless!  You just have to find the time!

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