Monday, December 3, 2012

Trash to Treasure

Cindy here!  I've mentioned before that I am a huge fan of trash-to-treasure projects.  I hate throwing anything away if it can be used for another purpose.

One of the many hats I wear is "Flamingo Four" coordinator for Flamingo Scraps. Each month, three other members of the Design Team and I each design with the same four products.  This month, we received Glimmer Mist, some wood veneers, some lacy trim and something that might be ordinarily considered trash - an empty Maya Road tin.

This is exactly the kind of challenge I love!  I thought about what I could store in the tin and let my design go from there. My son Trevor needed a place to store the flattened pennies that he's recently started collecting; the tin was just the right size.

The first step was figuring out how to cover up the brand name and slogan on the tin.  What would stick to the metal of the tin AND cover up the words without interfering with the closure of the tin?  Washi tape!  I layered torn bits of washi tape and it worked beautifully. 

Because Trevor's pennies are from our travels, I decided to back the opening with a map.  I found a 10-year old map of the western US that I haven't used in years.  I cut out the section of California where we live and attached it to the opening.  I misted the heart veneer, then I cut apart the trim and misted that.

When the mist was dry, I attached the trim and then added the heart.  

The tip of the heart points to where we live. 
Trash to treasure!  Have you ever made anything from an empty Maya Road tin or other manufacturer's packaging?  I'd love to see it!


  1. I love the way the tip of the heart points to where you stay. SUPER-CUTE!!!

  2. This is so cute! I love how you personalized it with the heart pointing to your hometown! What a great recycle project and a fantastic way for your son to keep his treasures!

  3. What a great idea. I can see me using this for storing tickets and memorabilia when travelling.