Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sweet Inspiration Project & A Little GIVEAWAY At Shabbyfufu

Inbetween organizing my new Studio space I have been working on some things, both for the Holiday Season and other requested Shabbyfufu items:-). It won't be long until....................

I know that many of my readers enjoy repurposing ordinary objects into little treasures that are useful, so I thought that I would share a sweet project for you to try. If you are always looking for containers to stash petite bits and pieces and have an old (or new) tin band aid container lying about....they make for nice storage for buttons, jewelry findings and little "what nots". Here are the basic supplies that I gathered together:

Nothin' too fancy.... formerly mentioned band aid container, a hammer and Phillips Head screwdriver or an awl, primer paint, pink acrylic paint, foam brush, glue gun, sealer, a few bits of ribbon, millinery and perhaps a vintage button, and.................a pretty Cherub Applique. I am going to have some wonderful appliques listed on SHABBYFUFU later on this week when MANY new items are to be posted~so I hope that you can check in:-).

First, take your screwdriver and hammer down through the top of the band aid tin to make two holes, evenly spaced. These are for your ribbon to be tied through, so that you can hang this little container in your studio, kitchen or bathroom for out of the way storage.

Then prime the outside of the container. I taped a piece of masking tape under the lid to cover the holes first, since I decided to use spray primer which was quicker.

Next paint the container any color of choice.....PINK was mine:-). I decided to give it a bit of a distressed look, and gave it a second coat of pink paint, then wiped a bit of white gesso over the container by hand.
Allow to dry and hot glue on the applique. Seal when completely dry with some spray sealant.

Tie ribbon of your choosing through the holes at the top that you have made, going from outside to in....and then tie a knot to secure. Glue on a vintage button, more ribbon, millinery...or any other fufu adornments. Here is my finished little piece, which really is cuter in the photo is WAY larger than life (forgot to change the camera settings:-). Of course this project can be made in an unlimited manner of ways...this is just to inspire.

Would you like to have this container? Just leave a comment, I will draw a name in the next few days with my next Blog Post. I will fill it with GOODIES for you:-). Until then I will be a busy bee working on far too many projects and living life!

Lots of love and inspiration to anyone who stops by for a read,


  1. And there you go again with the most original ideas on the internet......!


  2. your creation!! I love anything and everything shabby and pink. Love your blog! I look forward to your posts.

    Take care,
    Karen in Texas

  3. Thanks for a great idea! With lots of little people in the house, we go through a gob of bandaids around here. Now...if only I could talk them into something other than "Nemo" and "Batman" and "Srawberry Shortcake" bandaids, I could certainly get my hands on some little tins to doctor up! Flimsy character bandaid boxes just aren't the same!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. This is adorable! I am working on personalizing my desk area with artsy, feminine stuff. This would fit in perfectly! So cute!

  5. Oh my gosh, how adorable is that pink bandaid box now!?! I love it.

  6. I LOVE this!!! It's so pretty, and I love that YOU created it!!! Please enter me to win this cute creation!

    Thanks so much!
    Michele R.(CA)

  7. What a romantic repurposing! Your clever creation looks large enough to store spaghetti, but I know better (even without your disclaimer) because I was just rummaging for the right size Band-Aid having burned my finger on an oven rack while baking scones!

  8. Hi Janet,

    How precious it that? You have a very creative soul and loads of talent to match. I always enjoy my visit here.


  9. My My Janet.....How darling sweetie!!! Only you can come up with such cute & romantic ideas! And it even looks easy enough for me to do! LOL I LOVE it:)

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Love your new creation, Your so talented!

  11. Lovely creation FuFu! I love the applique Cherub and the ribbons on top, so sweet :)
    Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this Holiday Season! A talented soul you are ~ Have a wonderful Thursday!

  12. Janet, you never cease to amaze me with your always ORIGINAL, always creative talents. I so adore this.


  13. Love your little box~I would love
    it for my little treasures~:0) You are such a talented lady~you inspire me with all your ideas!


  14. Ofcourse I would love some pink sweets from Shabby FuFu! Thank you for taking the time to share the tuturial!
    Amy Sutter

  15. Hi Janet
    Thanks for the inspirational wishes...I think I'm in need of them at the moment. Loved your little project, what a sweet little gift the tin would make filled with a cake of soap, I haven't seen the tin bandaid containers over here in Australia for years, all flimsy cardboard now, yes I know doesn't necessarily have to be a bandaid tin.
    Thanks for your email and I will be looking forward to writting back to you very soon.

  16. DARLING....what more can I say? The only thing is......, is that you have to have the TIME to do this lil' project...I don't, so would love to win it!

  17. Janet~ the flood gates have been opened with this adorable idea! These lil' boxes could be applied to any occasion and filled with sweet treasures! Gotta go...I'm headin' on a hunt for metal band aid boxes...Christmas will be here before I know it! ;)

    A special Thank You for visiting my blog. I think the Parisian Give Away is off to a good start!
    *Sweet Wishes*!

  18. How perfectly wonderful! What wonderful ideas you have!

  19. Janet... as always you come up with some of the neatest ideas out of something you would never dream of ....

    Imagine a bandaid box becoming such a fab work of art.. clever you are!!



  20. That is so creative Janet!I can't wait to see what you add to your shabby shop! Andrea

  21. Janet ~ That is so sweet ! I love to create pretty things out of stuff I might be throwing away ~

  22. I love to read your blog and I always look forward to everything new on your website!!

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!Great project!

  24. Love It, Love it and Love Love It. So Shabbyfufu of you, such a great idea. I would be so honored to show case this lovely on my vanity. Enjoy reading your blog, your such an inspiration to all.

  25. Fufu~you absolutely amaze me with your creativity! Who the heck but you would ever think to turn that container into a work of art??? I have missed you & am so glad you stopped by the other day to say hi! I hope your sister is mending well after those two operations. your family has certainly been thru a lot this past year my friend. I will email you this week~ xoxo tutts