24 September, 2019

Granola box goes bloom

Just a quick post to show one of my latest projects, as well as trying to catch the deadline over at craft-alnica
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 granola spaghetti box. 
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 startATG
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


  1. I love your repurposing of your granola tube! And since you love the granola so much, you could end up a perfectly matched set of tubes for other goodies. The paper you chose is wonderful! I love the floral strip you used to hide the join, but I think the sunflower design is so bold and pretty, the join wouldn't have been too noticeable anyway. What a great job you've done! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's!

  2. That's an inspred idea. I love your floral bright wrapping and the lace along the edge. Thanks for joining at UYS.

  3. Gorgeous paper and great project. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start this month.
    Scarlett xoxo

  4. Oh what a fabulous transformation, I love it. Thank you for taking part in the September "Love To Craft Challenge". DT Sam x

  5. Great project. Love all the pretty elements.
    Thank you for playing with Scrapping4fun.
    Majda DT

  6. What a great bit of recycling and love that paper its so pretty, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  7. Great recycling. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "Autumn" challenge.

  8. Fun recycled tube. I like this idea of the spaghetti in it. Fun paper choice. I've never seen granola in those tubes.. Just pringle potato chips. I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Sentiments.
    Billie A
    Crafty Sentiments
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Always Fun Challenges
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Creations In Pink
    Crafty Catz
    Crafty Gals Corner

  9. This is gorgeous. Love DP and flower ribbon suits perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments.

  10. Love how this has turned out and that you repurposed an object instead of filling landfill. So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  11. Love that paper with sunflower. Great job!

  12. Fantastic project you have created here. I love it.
    Great work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  13. A beautiful box, wonderfully designed and made.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at CWAA
    Bożena DT CWAA

  14. This is a great Idea! Lovely creation!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  15. Great idea, looks lovely! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  16. This is a great idea. Love the papers! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer

  17. Tvoja reciklaža mi je zelo všeč :-)) Super si se znašla in naredila lepo darilno rolico.
    Vesela sem, ker ustvarjaš z nami izzivu CRAFT-alnice … Srečno!

  18. Oooo krasna reciklaža, sončnice so pa res primeren motiv za škatlo polno šagetov. TOP.
    Hvala, da si se nam pridružila v Craft-alnici Goga

  19. Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start! I was contemplating purchasing pasta containers but I think this is a better idea.
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer
    A Place to Start Challenge
    613 Avenue Create Challenge

  20. A great project - so bright and cheerful.

    Thanks for joining us at the Love to Craft Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  21. I love this project! Your tube looks beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Monica DT Member for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  22. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  23. Great idea ♥
    Thanks for playing with our challenge at Crafty Sentiments Design
    Hugs from Elin