Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recycled Cat Food Can

I've often been inspired by our neighborhood cats, so I was excited to be able to help out my neighbors this week by feeding their sweet felines. The first time I fed them I knew I just had to alter one of the cute little cans!

I used cat food packaging for this entire project, from the can & lid for the box, to the outer cardboard for the book pages. Everything is covered with paper or ribbon, except for the outer parts of the can lid (because any embellishment on those parts impedes the opening of this fun box, which I know from experience.)

My husband figured out how to flatten the can's interior edge, using a spoon & a can opener. I covered the inside with a burlap ribbon that I bought at a rummage sale at the church across the street.

I made the paw-print pattern using the Catty font by Anke-Art. I converted two of the letters into cut files in SCAL and made the round frame for the front. It was cut from the same woodgrain-patterned paper I used throughout this project. I printed the "2015" in brown on a textured yellow paper using the same font. I think it look a bit like a flower! To finish the cap, I simply wrapped the top side with a green ribbon.

The cat cut file is from the My Family set by Bird. The cats are cut from textured papers to represent the colors of the featured felines.

The pages are bound with an orange ribbon. I wrapped more ribbon around the book, adhering it only to the front so that it easily unwraps. To secure it, I used a tiny key charm from Cousin/Designs By Me.

I had so much fun making this, and I got the best hugs from my neighbor when I gifted this to her!

2 Creative Chicks Challenge #25: "Anything Goes" (No Cards)
All Crafts Challenge: Anything But a Card
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (2nd entry)
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent April Challenge: Recycle
That Craft Place: Alter Something

Update: This received an Honorable Mention for the Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent April Challenge.

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  1. Now this is one very creative recycle projects ever. I love it. Would love to have you link it up over at 2 Creative Chicks. Also thank you for your sweet comment you left over at My Crafting Channel on my Silent Wind Chime.
    Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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  2. oh these are so cute brilliant idea love them bless you for playing at TCP this week hugs cheryl xx

  3. Fantastic CG! What a wonderful gift to give & receive! No wonder you were hugged you lovely lady!
    Dawn xx

  4. Oh wow, being a mad cat lady myself I love this!! it's just perfect. If you sell these I would be interested xx Thankyou for joining us over at Open Minded Crafting for our 'recycle something' challenge, Lynda DT xx

  5. This is sooooo cute and a purrrrrfect gift idea.......forgive the pun. Love it xxxxx

  6. Wowie! This is something really really original - and so fantastic too! Can't believe that it is a book...and made from cat food packaging, no less! Absolute genius!
    - hugs, Ashwini

  7. such an awesome project an truly gorgeous! thank you for playing along with that craft places alter it challenge! Rachel, TCP DT

  8. This is absolutely adorable!

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  9. This is just so darn cute and what a fun way to recycle a cat food can, also love your fabulous little book. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece with us on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and hope you will continue to pop by.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  10. What a very sweet gift and so clever of you to make that little album. Love it. Must talk to you about flattening the rim one day!


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