Upcycled Storage DIYs

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by Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul Upcycled Storage Diys

Upcycling is a great way to bring otherwise forgotten objects back to life. And we love making something old new again. So, if you’re not recycling our containers, why not upcycle them? Check-out nifty how-tos from china squirrel and Sweet Paul magazine here.

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Instructions For Fabric Covered Laundry Storage


  • Various sizes of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® containers
  • Heavy scissors
  • Fabric
  • Matte finish découpage glue/sealer
  • Paint brush

How to Make this Project

  1. Peel the labels off the tops. Use scissors to cut off the top of each plastic bottle to make a simple canister shape.
  2. Use each bottle to measure out a rectangular fabric strip. Make sure the strip is long enough to wrap completely around the bottle leaving about 1" of overlap. Leave about 1" of fabric at the top and bottom of the bottle too.
  3. Paint on a thick coat of découpage glue all around the sides of the bottle.
  4. Roll the fabric around the bottle tightly and put a little extra glue on the fabric at the seam. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes.
  5. Use your scissors and cut the overlap at the top and bottom of the canister into ½" fringe.
  6. Coat the bottom of the canister with glue and fold the fringe onto the bottom tightly. Coat the inside lip of the canister with glue and repeat the folding process with the top fringe. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
  7. Paint on a nice coat of découpage glue over the entire outside surface of the canister. Allow to dry completely for several hours. It will dry clear and make it look amazing!

Tips for Inspiration

Use vintage fabric. The crazier the print the better! You can even look for groovy vintage clothes at the thrift store and cut them up for your fabric.

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Instructions For Storage Jars


  • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Candle jars
  • Doorknobs
  • Drill
  • Bolt cutters
  • Vintage candleholders
  • Primer
  • Undercoat spray paint
  • Your choice of spray paint for a final coat

How to Make this Project

  1. After you have used the candle you will need to clean the jars and lids. Start by heating up a pot of water. Once it's good and boiling, put on oven mitts and use a ladle to pour it into your candle jar. Wait a few hours for the water to cool and wax to float to the top of the jar.
  2. Gently remove the wax with a spoon or butter knife. Any remaining wax and labels can be removed with warm, soapy water, a sponge and a little bit of patience. Dry the jars and lids.
  3. Measure the thickness of each doorknob thread, then use a drill to make a hole in the center of each lid.
  4. Use bolt cutters to trim the length of each doorknob.
  5. Make sure the jar lidsand candlesticks are clean and dry then spray paint with a primer or undercoat (follow manufacturer's directions). Allow to dry completely.
  6. Screw the doorknobs into the lids. Use ceramic suitable epoxy glue (follow manufactuer's directions) to glue the base of the jar to the candlestick. Allow to set overnight before using.