The vague beginnings of what I had in mind might have started during my stay in Munich ages ago, upon discovering my favourite brand of granola. I carried several of their super cute tubular boxes home only to discover that they have a branch nearby, which - needless to say - made my future granola shopping so much easier (except for the part of deciding which flavour to pick). And about the same time, it crossed my mind that I might as well use the empty containers in my crafting projects. However, once a box was done, I'd usually get rid of it due to lack of time and/or ideas.
Finally, I decided to see how one would look wrapped in simple wrapping paper. The paper itself is from my stash and fits the season with its vintage sunflower print. Also, I thought it might fit the culinary theme as well since I planned to use the transformed box for storing spaghetti in my kitchen.
As you can imagine, it took me some time to find the perfect part of paper to cut out and to arrange it in a way that would properly cover the edges of the tube. Before that, however, I decided to place a layer of plain white paper onto the original box. What seems inconvenient at first had a very practical purpose: matching the different granola flavours, the fruity grain mixes come in different colourful containers and as this particular one had a rather dark pattern, I thought it might shine through the thin wrapping paper and disturb the sunflower images.
With the additional layer of white, the anticipated problem was no longer an issue and I could finally get to the part of gluing the huge paper piece on tubular surface. I gave the container a quick rinse and made sure it's completely dry, and carefully removed its bottom to make sure I'd get a good grip when working on the wrapping.
Still, that was the part that scared me most as I usually manage to create a wrinkle here and a tear there, but everything went surprisingly smooth this time.
Once everything was in place, I decided to add the remainder of a floral ribbon to hide the edges of the wrapping paper. It might have been an unnecessary addition in the hindsight, but I felt like the container needs something more than just wrapping paper to look pretty :)
On a close look, there's still a small wrinkled area in a part which I used to try liquid glue. I thought it would be a good alternative to adhesive tape, but as it turned out to crimp the white paper underneath, I thought I'd better let it be, figuring the effect on much thinner wrapping paper would be even worse. Back to adhesive tape, I managed to go without any gluing issues and would only pick the adhesive glue to secure the bottom lid back onto the
After that, I'd let the box est for a couple of days to get rid of the glue smell, only to meet an unexpected problem: since I was focused on spaghetti storage from the beginning, I thought it was quite funny to find out that once the entire box of spaghetti is stored, the pasta stands upright in a way that makes it impossible to close the lid. Turns out the box is a couple of millimeters too short to store them properly! After a lunch or two, however, and less pasta in the container, the remaining spaghetti will create a spiral and resolve the issue.
Not a real problem after all, but certainly something that never occured to me beforehand, especially since the quick comparison of boxes didn't indicate anything could go wrong. But then again, I think I just didn't consider that the lid and bottom are faced inwards, meaning they both use up space of the actual container and I somehow completely forgot to take that into account.
One done, one almost empty, and another set of boxes that must arrive at my place any day soon.
A little contribution to the September collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
- krafty chicks: ATG
- 613 avenue create: ATG
- a bit more time to craft: ATG
- a place to start: ATG
- C.R.A.F.T.: autumn
- craft-alnica: recycling
- crafting with an attitude: ATG
- crafty catz: ATG
- crafty gals corner: fall colours
- crafty sentiments: ATG
- creative moments: ATG
- love to craft: ATG
- pennys papertake: ATG
- scrapping4fun: ATG
- through the craftroom door: ATG
- tuesday throwdown: ATG
- unicorn challengeblog: autumn
- use your stuff: upcyce/recycle
- wortartwednesday: ATG
- worldwide open design team challenge: ATG