Repurposing Waste Plastic – A Not-So-Nutty Craft

Here’s what I have been working on lately – a not-so-nutty craft.

That is to say, I have not used any nut shells this time. Instead, I picked up an empty plastic cake box, which was to be thrown away once the cakes were eaten, and repurposed it. The result is beautiful and, more importantly, I have kept a piece of plastic from going into the bins. Needless to mention, I am feeling quite proud of myself.

empty plastic cake box plastic box after decoupage

Materials used

The things I have used are

  1. Used plastic box
  2. Leftover printed wrapping paper
  3. Acrylic paint (white)
  4. Mod podge
  5. Water
  6. Varnish

I used Fevicryl mod podge glue, which you can find on Amazon by clicking this link.

Method:

Preparing the paper:

I removed layers from the wrapping paper to make it thin like tissue paper. The video below shows how I did this. I used water. So, I let the paper dry while I worked on the box. If you’d rather not do the hard work, you can use decoupage tissue paper or paper napkins available in craft stores.

Here’s an example from Amazon. 

Preparing the box:

I cleaned the plastic box and painted it white. One the paint was dry, I applied mod podge all over the surface of the box. then applied the paper. The paper needed to be torn by hand to cover the entire surface of the box and to avoid folds and creases. Finally, I applied a layer of mod podge on top of the paper. When it was all dry, I applied a coat of varnish.

Here you can see me working on the my box.

If you would like to learn more about the art of decoupage, you can find a lot of advice on the internet. Here’s one.

If this is your first time here, please also look at the nutty craft – craft with nut shells. You make like these:

Super Easy Peace Lilies with Pistachio Shells

Banana Flower Earrings with Pistachio Shells

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