Sunday, November 19, 2017

Repurposed Decorative Snowflake Container

This is my favorite time of the year to create handcrafted items! Everyone is in a festive mood and I'm excited to show you how I repurposed a snack can into a beautiful holiday container.  It was really quite easy to do (I say that about all of my projects) using stick-on metallic snowflakes and mod podge to seal in the glitter and beads. It's amazing how the snowflake decals make a bold decorative statement on the container! And the best part, you can use the container for just about anything well past the holidays into the cold, wintry months! 

Let's begin by thoroughly cleaning the can .  .  .
 and removing the printed label.
 Paint the exterior with a white primer or chalkpaint, then   .  .  .
stick on the metallic snowflakes in a random pattern around the can. I got these at Hobby Lobby, but Walmart has them and also Amazon!

Because these decals are made for a flat surface it might be necessary to add glue where it curves to keep the snowflakes attached. (I used tacky glue on some areas and applied painter's tape to hold in place until the glue dried)

Next, paint on mod podge in the exposed plain areas and sprinkle on glitter.  Lay the container on its' side and mix the beads with mod podge and add on top of the glitter. Use a skewer stick to spread the beads around. 

 Do this in sections so the beads won't fall off and allow to dry before moving on to the next section to add more beads.

Once the beaded areas are dry, paint on a layer of mod podge to seal

To make the lid, draw a circle on a foam sheet the size of the opening ( I used a top as a pattern that fit perfectly on the can) and cut out.
Cut out two more circles from cardboard. Sandwich the foam sheet between the cardboard circles, adding glue between layers and allow to dry. Lay a sheet of parchment paper over the glued on circles and place a large heavy object on top until dry. Doing this will keep the lid flat and together.

Paint the lid white and sprinkle on glitter.

Add the snowflake to the center .  .  .

 Mix the beads with mod podge and using a skewer stick, add onto the plain areas of the lid.
A large clear round crystal bead was glued onto the center with E6000, and secured with a pin inserted through to the lid.

 Sure does add a festive touch around the home!

I'm sharing this at our 2017 Holiday Link Party where I'm one of the co-hosts.   You're invited to join us by linking up your new and old Christmas and holiday ideas, too!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Holiday Crafting!


  1. Wow Gail, I love the way you decorated the cans with the snowflakes! The white and silver looks so pretty. :0)
    Have a nice week and a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Looks simply fabulous the texture you added with the beads
    Dr Sonia

  3. What a beautiful project Gail. Love the snowflakes and bling. Have a lovely week and Thanksgiving.

  4. What a clever and beautiful idea, Gail! I love taking everyday items and making them into something beautiful! Pinned.

  5. Gail, This is stunning!! What a great project. Would be a beautiful and thoughtful gift filled with candy or cookies for someone special! Pinned to share!

  6. That is SUCH a great idea Gail! It is so lovely. Thanks for being a hostess at the Christmas link party!

  7. How pretty, Gail! I like the tip about using painters tape to hold things in place while they dry. I'm going to use that one! This is such a great upcyle! Pinning and sharing.

  8. Such a pretty container! I love the snowflakes. This is a really great upcycling project!

  9. Gail this is soooo impressive. I cannot believe this little treasure was just an ordinary container before. Very clever, can I say once again just how talented you are!!


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