An empty oatmeal canister might seem like an ordinary thing to most people but they just don’t know about the exciting possibilities that come with that canister. Throughout the years people have recycled containers – jars, cans, bottles – into many other things. They use these containers to hold other things or to become something else entirely. Such is the case with the simple oatmeal canister as well. Make it into a gorgeous baby scene that any mother would love to display in the nursery.
Use any size oatmeal canister for this project. The fabric or paper you choose to cover it with will make all the difference as to the final appearance of the décor piece. Choose baby scrapbook paper, inexpensive, baby-theme gift wrap, pink or blue fun fur, or elegant gold or silver foil. Each choice will give the nursery décor piece a totally different look.
Choose a rectangular object from around your house to use as a pattern for cutting out a window. This item could be an index card, a product box, an envelope or another object. Position the rectangle across the middle of the undecorated canister and draw around it. Use a sharp knife to cut out the shape and create the window.
Cut a piece of the fabric that’s long enough and wide enough to cover the canister. Keep in mind that the lid must slide over the top of the canister so leave this part uncovered. Cut the fabric away from the window and glue it well around the perimeter of the opening. Cover the lid with the chosen fabric or paper but don’t put it on the canister just yet.
From inside the clean canister glue a piece of cellophane which has been cut slightly larger than the window itself. Apply glue all the way around the perimeter of the rectangle and position the cellophane over it. Now decide on what you want to display inside the canister. A stuffed animal, a hanging ornament, stacked baby blocks or another arrangement, are all good choices.
For an ornament, cut a length of ribbon or fishing twine and glue it to the inside of the lid. Check to see that it hangs right in the center of the window before attaching it permanently. To add a stuffed animal simply set it inside the canister. If the animal isn’t large enough, and will move around, glue it in place. If it isn’t tall enough, glue a small cardboard box or Styrofoam piece inside, then attach the animal to it.
The oatmeal canister can be decorated further by gluing on baby-theme trinkets around the rim of the lid, adding roping or lace around the window, or even gluing something on top of the lid. The décor piece is lovely, whimsical, elegant – whatever you want it to be!