Tutorial: Upcycled Summer Memories Container

It's SUMMERTIME! I know you'll be making plenty of memories this summer, so how about making something to store them in like this upcycled container:

I can't wait to start adding family memories, photos, little notes and other memorabilia to this container (formerly known as a Blue Bunny ice cream container). Here's how I made it:


Glue Dots© (Craft, Mini, Pop Up)
plastic ice cream container
eco-friendly acrylic paint (EcoGreen Crafts "Sand")
paint brush
black cardstock (Recollections)
Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Kit
black ribbon

Upcycled Summer Memories Container Tutorial
1. Clean and dry an empty plastic ice cream container.

2. Apply 2 coats of gesso to cover the container's design. Let dry in between coats. Apply 2-3 coats of eco-friendly acrylic paint. Let dry.

3. Make a cover for the lid from a sheet of the Simple Stories cardstock. Attach to lid using Craft Glue Dots©.

4. Cut out the "summer" banner element from the Simple Stories kit. Mat each letter banner with black cardstock and adhere together using Craft Glue Dots©. Attach black ribbon to the banner with Mini Glue Dots©.

5. Decorate the container with cardstock and stickers from the kit. Use Pop Up Glue Dots© to add the banner.

Fill the container with 4x6 cut-apart elements and flashcards from the Simple Stories kit, along with photos and memorabilia from the summer months. I made a mini-notebook using my Cinch and the flashcards:

Hope you enjoyed my summer Glue Dots project and much as I'll enjoy filling it with my family! ~Danielle

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