Brown Bagging It

Have you ever had a day that you had so much to do, but so many more things you WANTED to do? Yesterday started out that way for me. I had some housework to do, in my house that’s an everyday occurrence, yet there were so many ideas rolling around in my head for craft projects and things I just want to try to do– thanks to Pinterest. Gosh, there are so many talented people out there…I ♥ Pinterest!

After having my morning cup of coffee, I tackled the kitchen, unloading and then loading the dishwasher. (We have a few late night snackers in our house…including me!) Then, I had to clean the bird cages, give them fresh food and water, vacuuming up Sundance’s, feathers, he is our canary and is molting again!! Whew… ok, now maybe I can get to my crafting!

I have been wanting to try printing on brown paper bags to create old looking labels, and I was so lucky to find these packages of brown paper book covers at Goodwill…only 50 cents each!

I needed to cut the book covers to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ size so it would feed through my computer.
I then found free labels on Our Pioneer Homestead blogspot (her button is on my sidebar) or
The Graphics Fairy has tons of free images.

You can save them by right clicking on the picture and save to your computer for later, but I was doing it right away so  I right clicked and copied and pasted right to my Publisher file.   I chose an 8 1/2″ x 11″ document size and changed the page to landscape.
I chose 2 labels and printed out both labels at the same time, so I wouldn’t waste my paper.

I cut the labels apart, tearing 3 edges and leaving one edge straight by cutting it with scissors.
This gives your label a look like it once was a nice label, but is now has a worn appearance.

I already had spray painted a Hunt’s spaghetti sauce can.
Then I used King’s Gold acrylic paint, with a toothbrush, I splattered the gold paint all over my can.
It’s just me, but I like the look of the splattered paint!

My next step was to spray the back of my brown paper label with Elmer’s spray adhesive.
I also read that Elmer’s glue stick works great too.
The instructions said to adhere immediately if you want it to stick permanently and I do, so that’s what I did!!

I applied the label to the can and smoothed it all over, making sure the edges were adhered really well.
I even pushed the paper into the ridges of the can. (you can see that better in the next photo)

I added a coffee stained piece of cheesecloth.
Use strong coffee or 3 T of instant to 1/2 cup of hot water, let cheesecloth soak 10-15 min, remove and squeeze dry (don’t rinse)
and let it dry in the sun (dries quickly). I wrapped it around the can and just tied a knot.

Here is my can used in several different displays!

A Utensil Holder for your wooden spoons!

A display with a Gingerbread Man cookie!

How about using the stamped clothes pin I did in another post?
If you don’t have a clothes pin, then use a cinnamon stick.

With some silk flowers

 With silk ivy and a brown coffee filter rose
(I did make the rose, there are tutorials on how to make one on Pinterest)

…I think this is my favorite!

How about a container for gift giving a package of cookies and a wooden spoon!
Even better would be to fill it with cookies, since it is a food safe can!

What ideas do you have for using it? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for visiting!



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