Monday, April 16, 2012

Of course I could have been making jewellery ...

but instead, I was surfing the Net and polishing off the remains of the Pringles. My predilection for this kind of activity (or non-activity depending on your point of view) could well explain the rapidly expanding horizons of my arse and a certain lack of productivity in the studio. However let it not be said that I lack creativity because as I gazed mournfully into the now empty Pringles tube (oh puh-lease - like you have never finished off the Pringles without sharing!), I was struck by what a handy-dandy container it was. I managed to haul myself (and my expanding arse) off the chair in front of the computer to bring you the "I-reached-the-bottom-of-the-Pringles-can Utensil Holder". Enjoy.

Step 1. Eat Pringles - or if you are virtuous give them to someone else to eat. Pfft.


Step2. Cut tube to desired shape. I made mine a bit higher at the back 'cos I intend to keep brushes in it and that way the shorter ones won't get lost.


Step3. Fish out some paper/images etc from the folder that is bursting with all that stuff you tear out of magazines and can't bear to throw away. Alternatively, use giftwrap or something.


Step 3. Cut the paper to fit and give the tube a good coat of glue - I love glue sticks 'cos they are not as mesy for clutzy people like me. Stick the paper on.

Step 4. I chose another image to go on top of the patterned paper. See above note re burgeoning folder ...


Step 5. Edit image if necessary. (That really just means cut it out to your liking.)


Step 6. Glue image to front of tube.

Step 7. Run a strip of self-adhesive copper foil around the top edge of the container so that you can fold it over to the inside. Use a Paddle Pop stick (yummy - love the banana ones) to burnish down the tape.

Step 8. Run solder around the tape and patina . So the whole copper tape/solder step isn't completely necessary but it gives some added strength. You could do the same with duct tape or masking tape and colour it in ... A coat of varnish is a good idea at this point.


Step 8. Plonk utensils/brushes/pencils into container and bask in the satisfaction that comes from the kind of save-the-planet recycling that involves eating Pringles!

Step 9. Give in to craving for Banana Paddle Pop and nip to the deli for one.

4 comments:

Enchanted Moments said...

That reminds me, I have a paddle pop stick in the bottom of my bag, I won a Lick-a-Prize and havnt cashed it in yet..........
Oh, and great brush holder...bet you cant wait to buy some more pringles and make another one, ....

Erica Louise said...

Oh I love an upcycle project, very good!

Emmica Schlobohm said...

I want one!

Emma said...

delicious AND useful! You could use it to display earings, too, I guess. I'm using an old drum at the moment, people keep wanting to play it...