Monday, February 24, 2014

Tissue Paper Covered Disinfectant Wipes Trash Bag Holders


This fall I covered some of these empty wipes containers to put grocery shopping bags in, but recently I thought it would be a good idea to just fill them with rolls of trash bags: great to throw in the trunk of the car--or even better--to take camping.  I wanted a more flexible and durable cover for the trash bags than scrapbook paper, so I reverted to a method I used before to cover some plastic French's fried onion containers. That project used a couple of layers of tissues paper on plastic.  The Mod Podge really loves tissue paper.  It soaks right through the paper and creates a good solid bond and good seal over all of it.  It's also remains very flexible and won't crease or wrinkle (well the finish is a bit wrinkled intentionally) if the container is squeezed or dented.


All you need is some colorful tissue paper, empty disinfectant wipes container (with the label removed), Mod Podge, a foam brush for the glue, and something to cut your tissue paper with.  I found that a cheap rotary blade works really well since it's hard to cut tissue paper in straight lines. Start out by measuring your container.  Each container is a little different in size.  The one above is a Target brand and it's a little wider and taller than the Lysol brand ones. I just used my craft mat's ruler to get an idea of how long it needed to be, then after I had cut a strip, I measured how long it needed to be to get around the container with a little overlap. Cut two strips the same size for each container you cover so that you can layer them. I cut my paper a little taller than the container so that I could wrap the edges around the bottom. I think it's easier to wrap the cut edge than try to get the measurements and the cutting perfect so that it looks good. I use the factory's edge along the top of the container.


After your strips of tissue paper are cut, swipe an inch or so of Mod Podge over any glue remnants left over from the original label.  I start in this spot on the container so that the overlapping tissue paper will cover any excess glue. After you've put that thin layer of glue on, stick your paper to the container.  Line the straightest side up at the top of your container.


Once you've gotten the paper started, then you can spread glue thinly over 1/3 to 1/2 of the container and carefully press your tissue paper down. Be careful not to use too much glue that the tissue paper becomes fragile. 


Then finish gluing the paper onto the container--just keep being careful of the top edge. You can see in the above photo that there's a little overhang at the bottom.  I just added a little glue to the edge and pressed it down when I was done sticking the paper on. 

Be careful when you are spreading glue over the tissue paper to overlap your seems.  The wet tissue paper can be very fragile. The more saturated in color your tissue paper is, the more sturdy it will probably be (at least that's been my experience).  This pink and purple paper seen in the photos, was pretty sturdy. The other paper I used (in the finished photos) was white with polka dots and was a bit more delicate to work with.


After you have your first coat of paper and glue on, you can decide if you want to put on a second layer.  I like to put on a second layer as it makes the area where your paper overlaps look more natural and the thinner tissue papers get a nice layered look.  It also makes it so if you weren't perfectly straight or if you got a little tear in the first layer, you can cover it with the second. Whatever you choose to do, you'll want to let the first layer dry for a few minutes so that it's not as fragile.  Then spread on your Mod Podge, either for your finished seal, or for your next layer. I put two coats of Mod Podge on after my second layer of tissue paper, and once it's dry, it turns out quite durable.


Next I dug out a roll of cheap trash bags that I had relegated to the utility closet and peeled off enough trash bags so that it would fit into the container. The trashbags I peeled off the roll I was able to wind up and put in the second container I covered. 


I think these would be perfect for camping, and that's where I plan on using mine, but they'd also be great in the trunk of a car for wet clothes or messy cargo. 

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