I have 14 nephews and nieces–that’s a lot of presents to buy each year! So I try to make some of them as the young ones especially do not need any more clothes or toys. I have now made play-doh and bought some cookie cutters for two of my nieces’ birthday presents. But it looked kind-of cheesy to just give the play-doh in plastic bags. So I bought some little containers from the dollar store for the playdoh and I also got a plastic bin from the dollar store. I then covered the bin in some fabric I already had. The only other item I needed to make the bins is permanent spray adhesive. I found the idea originally from Tales From a Cottage. I’ll try to explain how I did it, and you can also look at her blog for her directions.
- First you figure out how much material you need by pretending you are wrapping the bin, just like you would wrap a present.
- I then sewed a zigzagged stitch around the edge. You do not have to do this step, but my material seemed to fray easily. Some of what you zigzag will be cut off.
- I put my material right side down, and figured out exactly where I wanted the bin to go on the material. (I brought the edges up and over the bin. I wanted the part that would end up on top of the inside to cover the whole bottom of the bin. I then marked with a pen where the bin was, as I had to move the bin to spray it with the adhesive.
- Generously spray the bottom of the bin with the spray adhesive, and stick it on the material.
- Cut in from each corner diagonally. Stop about 1/2″ from the corner of the bin.
- Then cut in a straight line to the corner about 1/2 outside of the bin’s corners. I do this on the long side of the bin. A triangle piece of material gets cut out.
- On those straight edges, spray the material with the permanent adhesive spray and fold over about 1″.
- Bring up the smaller sides and spray them generously so that they will stick to the bin. Spray the bin–and the material if needed. I put newspaper under the bin, so that my table would not be coated with glue. I brought the short sides up and over the bin, and I made sure they would cover the side of the inside, but I cut off some of the excess material. There was way too much material that wrapped around to the outside of the long sides, and it would have been bunchy. You might have to make a couple small diagonal cuts on the corners to make the material fit better as well. Make sure you make the cuts where they will be hidden by the material that still has to be brought over the bin.
Then bring up and over the long side, making sure you leave the long side that you had planned to be on top to be the last step. Again, generously spray the material with the spray and press against the sides to smooth out the wrinkles. The hardest part of this for me was how sticky my fingers got! Goo-Gone would probably take off the adhesive very quickly.
I then filled the bins with the homemade play-doh and cookie gutters for the gifts!