I might have mentioned a few weeks back that my fiancé and I were moving into our first house. We LOVE the house, are thrilled to be in it, and are slowly making it our own. I am trying to keep costs down by thrifting, using what we already have, and making new things. My latest project was making tea, flour, and sugar tins for our counter. There are (hopefully) just temporarily going to be in use, since we registered for some really nice ceramic ones. Eventually I see these guys being more of a fabric art decoration, since we have so much counter space to fill! I decided to use some of my favorite fabrics from Lida Enche's line "September Light" (In the Beginning Fabrics) and couldn't be happier with how they look in the kitchen. Read on below to see how you can win some fabric!!
I should start by saying that I drink a LOT of tea. And I love getting tea in tins – therefore I have lots of tins just sitting around.
I picked out my fabric (you could use leftover quilting fabric or large fabric scraps), measured how much I would need using the label as a guide, cut the fabric, and then used an all purpose craft glue to attach the fabric.
Here are the three finished tins. I love how they look against my red kitchen! I also just discovered my love for instagram, which is why these pictures look so cool.
I had two final issues, and discovered a solution to fix them both. The first issue was how to label them so we didn’t have to open each tin every time we wanted to get sugar, tea, or flour. My second issue was how to make sure the end of the fabric would stay glued down. The solution was to make labels (using scrapbook letters and scrap paper) and glue them to the back of each canister, over the back seam. Worked out great!
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