September 15, 2011

Give Yogurt Containers a New Life

Yogurt containers are so easy to reuse in a variety of ways. As a teacher they came in very handy, especially the big ones. My favorite way to use them was to organize supplies. My students desks were arranged into pods and each group would have their own yogurt container where they would keep shared materials.  There would be other containers scattered throughout the room. One for sharp pencils and one for dull. A container for scissors and one for dry erase markers. The small yogurt containers work great for crayons. I thought it was important to teach my students how to re-purpose things. It was also important for me to create a comfortable and warm environment for my students since they spend so much time at school. So we didn't just use the yogurt containers as is, we turned them into beautiful works of art.

These are some containers that my students re-purposed.
 They loved being a part of creating the classroom atmosphere, it gave them ownership.

You don't have to have a classroom to do this with yogurt containers. I'm sure you have all kinds of supplies around your house that could use some fun storage.

Here are the materials you need for this project:
  • Mod Podge (I prefer matte, gloss tends to reflect flaws)
  • Clean yogurt container
  • Paint brush
  • Paper (scraps of paper work great, so does fabric)
  • Knife or Scissors
  • Water
  • Ruler

The steps are simple

First measure the yogurt container so that you know what size to cut your paper.  Next cut out sections of paper according to the measurements. Third brush Mod Podge onto the back of the paper. Then adhere paper to container and continue with each section of paper until the entire container is covered. Lastly paint over everything with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Don't be afraid to layer the paper it just adds an artistic quality. We aren't going for perfect here.

I added a little ribbon to the top of this one with some hot glue. The Mod Podge dries in just a few hours so this project is pretty fast.  I hope this idea will inspire you to save some yogurt containers and re-purpose them. Have fun with it!

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