You’ll never guess what materials I used for these marble and wood patterned containers.
People hang onto the tins, rightly feeling that they’d be “useful for something”, but they often just gather dust.Whether they were picked out with care or hastily grabbed off a shelf in order to fill someone’s stocking, these gift tins no longer serve a purpose once the holiday treats inside are gone. The branded tins are particularly difficult to reuse.
I decided to class up these tins using woodgrain-patterned contact paper, marble contact paper and gold spray paint.
Boom, pretty patterned containers for storing craft supplies. It’s a cheap way to stock up on matching storage bins.
My local hardware store had a variety of contact paper, but it’s worth having a look on Amazon and eBay too. White marble-patterned paper was surprisingly difficult to find in person, in my experience.
“Measure surface to be covered. If surface to cover is large, remove the protective paper from a few centimetres and stick down. Apply carefully, removing gradually the remainder of the protective paper. Cut to dimensions required allowing overlap of a few centimetres.
Smooth down with the palm of the hand working from the centre to the edges in order to expel any air bubbles. Should any remain, pierce them with a pin and smooth down.
This project is simple and sweet.
You might not be able to afford marble everything in your house, but you’d be surprised at what can be dressed up with a little bit of contact paper.
Mix and match colors, try colorblock effects with textures, even stencil lines and shapes.
I’m feeling a little bit of a classy midcentury vibe from that palette, as if these containers should be holding cigars and not craft supplies.I stuck to a dark woodgrain and white marble, with a splash of gold paint for lids and trims.