It always seems such a waste throwing a Pringles tube when you’ve munched your way through the crisps. Especially as they so sturdy. And of course, if you, like me, love craft projects, you’re always looking for something pretty ordinary to make pretty and extra-ordinary 🙂
Of course the Pringles tube is great for storing other household items, such as spaghetti or pens for the small tubes. However with a few simple items and a bit of cutting and glueing, you can easily turn your Smokey Bacon Pringles tube (or any other flavour of course, I’m not judging..) into a cotton pad dispenser for your makeup table. It makes a change from storing pasta.
Here’s what you need
- An empty Pringles tube (Shocker! .. I know!)
- Wrapping paper, decoupage or wall paper
- Decopatch glue
- Pack of border outline stickers for finishing detail
- Anti-bacterial wipes (optional – I use them to give the tube a good wipe down before I start the project)
Here’s how you turn your Pringles tube into a dispenser
Start by wiping down the can with an anti-bacterial wipe to get rid of any crisp remains.
Next, mark out where you want the opening of the dispenser to be with a pen or pencil. Make sure the opening is wide enough to pop through the cotton wool pad. I actually ended up cutting the gap slightly higher to make sure you can pull out the pad more easily.
With a small, sharp pair of scissors cut along the line to make the opening.
Gently pull away some of the stubborn bit of cardboard at the bottom. Alternatively, use a sharp razor blade to slice away the cardboard – mind your fingers though. I’m not kidding – these things are lethal!
Mark out the size of the tube against the paper and cut the paper to size, leaving the silver little rim at the top to poke out over the top.
I chose left over wrapping paper for this project, but of course you can use left over wall paper or decoupage paper of your choice.
Make a mark at the back of the tube where your starting and finishing point will be so you can line up the paper with the mark. This is where your join will be.
Covering your Pringles tube
Apply a generous layer of the decopatch glue to the tube where you will be attaching the paper.
Carefully place the paper onto the glue and smooth down, one small section at a time. I like to smooth it down with my fingers, pressing out any wrinkles or bubbles as I go along. I find working in small sections works best as the glue dries fairly quickly.
Once you’ve pressed down the paper, add more glue onto the next section and repeat the process. Go round the tube until you reach the starting point.
When you’ve reached the start, make a small pencil mark where the 2 ends will meet up. Make a mark at the top and the bottom and run a faint pencil line along a ruler where you will be cutting the paper. This should make the perfect joint.
Add some glue to the joint and gently rub this with your finger from the top to the bottom to create the perfect seal.
Turn your tube around and find the bit that will be dispensing the pads. Carefully press the paper in slightly to mark the outline on the paper.
Carefully run a sharp pair of scissors along the outline to create the opening.
If needed, slice away any rough edges with a razor blade. Mind those fingers and if you’ve got little fingers helping you with this project, definitely keep kids away for this part of the process!
Cover the entire tube in a coat of decopatch glue to seal. You can use a satin, matt or gloss finish – the glue is available in all finishes so whatever takes your preference.
The bottom of the Pringles tube could be better. To hide any imperfections, use some border stickers. I used some left over ones in my craft supply that are similar to these ones here. Just to give a finishing touch.
Peel off the sticker and attach it around the opening. As this is an arch shape, you may have to cut off some of the sections and attach these in smaller parts. However, if you link them up you should not be able to see any gaps.
Next peel off another sticker and attach it around the bottom of the tube, like in the picture.
Only the lid to go!
You’re nearly there! We’re just giving the finishing touches to the lid. With a pencil mark the outline of the lid onto the paper of your choice.
Cut the paper along the pencil mark with a sharp pair of scissors.
Apply a layer of glue onto the lid and place the paper on top. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles with your fingers until smooth. Apply another layer of glue onto the top of the paper.
Peel another one of the sticker borders off the sheet and carefully apply around the edges of the paper to hide any imperfections.
Run a final sticker border along the side of the lid as a finishing touch.
And there you have it – a great way to create something from virtually nothing.
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