Monday 24 October, 2022

How to Decorate Plastic Containers for the Holidays


Plastic bins are pretty handy when it comes to gift-giving over the holidays. For one thing, they actually make a practical gift all on their own. For another, you can use them as containers for other presents. Pack a plastic container for food full of homemade cookies and you’ve got the perfect treat for a […]


Plastic bins are pretty handy when it comes to gift-giving over the holidays. For one thing, they actually make a practical gift all on their own. For another, you can use them as containers for other presents. Pack a plastic container for food full of homemade cookies and you’ve got the perfect treat for a family member, friend, or coworker.

But there is no denying that plastic bins for the freezer as well as other basic plastic totes are pretty utilitarian in appearance. For the holidays, you want something a little more festive.

Thankfully, you can easily decorate plastic bins using a wide variety of materials and techniques. There are a hundred different directions you can go with this if you want to give your bins a holiday theme. Let’s look at one easy project which anyone can do.

Snowman Plastic Bin

Materials:

• Plain white plastic bin (clear is okay, but white is better)
• Felt (any color you want—this will be used to represent a scarf)
• Buttons
• Glue

Here are the steps:

1. Start by cutting the felt into the shape of a scarf. The best way to do this is actually to cut two pieces. Cut one long piece which you will wrap all the way around the bin. Then cut another which is shorter. Make fringes out of both ends. This shorter fringed piece will be wrapped over the top of the other one. This helps the “scarf” lie flat, whereas if you used a single piece and tied it like a real scarf, it would not.

2. Wrap the felt around the bin and glue it in place to make the “scarf.”

3. Next, glue a couple of buttons below it down the center of the bin.

You have now created a plastic container with a snowman theme. It is of course an abstract interpretation of a snowman, but it gets the idea across instantly, and it is so much more exciting than a plain white bin.

If you want, you can go further with this concept. You could for example get several white plastic bins in slightly different sizes—one large, one medium, and one small. You could put buttons on the largest bin and then stack the medium-sized bin with the scarf around it on top of that. You could then stack a third plastic container on top of that and add a few more buttons in the shape of eyes and a mouth. A triangle of orange construction paper can work as a carrot nose. Now you have a full snowman.

So if you have been looking for Christmas plastic storage bins, now you know that you do not need to go out and buy themed bins. You can create your own using a few simple supplies and a little creative thinking. They are great for gift giving or for decorating around the home or office. Have fun with this project and others you come up with!

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