Upcycling: Modge Podge Yogurt Tubs

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We recently moved from a house with a yard into a city apartment, and while I’m loving the city life, I do miss having may own garden. So I’ve been collecting plants of various sorts for my windowsills. The only problem is that the containers they come in aren’t the prettiest things. Instead of trying to hunt down some more attractive containers, I’ve been keeping our used yogurt pots and giving them a little makeover.

Things you’ll need:
Yogurt or other plastic containers
Hard Coat Modge Podge
Foam brush
Lightweight scrapbook paper
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Cut your paper into a long strip, about 1/4 inch wider that the height of your container. You may need to cut two strips if your container has a wider circumference than your paper is long.
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2. About every inch or so along your strips, cut the paper up almost to the top, leaving about 1/2 inch uncut.
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3. Coat a section of the container with Modge Podge and smooth one end of the paper, cuts down, onto the plastic. The cuts will allow you to keep the top edge of the paper straight while keeping the paper smooth along the side of the container (the paper will overlap a bit as you go)
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4. Continue to add Modge Podge and smooth the paper down until you have covered the while container.
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5. Smooth the ends down over the bottom of the container using more Modge Podge.
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6. Allow the Modge Podge to set up for a few minutes and then coat the outside of the paper with a second coat, smoothing with your fingers if wrinkles and bubbles appear.
7. Let the Modge Podge dry completely before using.

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8 Comments

  1. I do something similar with the cans from canned food. All different sizes work. Once the can is clean, take a fun coloured wool/yarn and wrap it around the can, putting glue at a few various spots to hold it in place. You can decorate it at the top with fringe, pompom balls, etc. They are great to use for pens, pencils, etc. The smaller cans you put little things like staples, erasers, paper clips, etc.If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I will be making some in the next two weeks I want one for my straws and for all those little packets you get. I will send pictures.

    1. Do you mean PVA glue or PVC glue? PVC glue is a cement meant to bond together PVC piping and acts sort of like welding by partially melting the pipes together.

      PVA glue is similar to Mod Podge in that it looks the same and has “gluing power.” PVA glue is usually not used as a sealant because it does take longer to dry and does not dry quite as thick as Mod Podge. PVA makes as a great “glue” for its sticking power but Mod Podge is best for a sealant.

    1. Thank you so much! I dont really remember where I got the paper or who it was by. I have a tendency to just buy all the pretty paper I see haha But I hope that you are able to find something similar for your projects! Happy crafting to you!

  2. I made 6 of these last night! I am gifting them with homemade goodies like cookies, spiced nuts, etc and I covered them with scrapbook paper from Walmart. I have been saving yogurt containers for a year, so this was a great use for them!

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