Upcycle Foil Containers

Upcycle Foil Containers


Upcycle foil containers into adorable Christmas boxes for cookies or small gifts!

Upcycle foil boxes into Christmas cookie containers.

I’m a packrat – a keeper of small bits of treasures. Other people call scraps of wrapping paper and ribbons trash but I keep them. I know that as a teacher, I’m not alone on this. I’ve sent bags of toilet paper rolls, empty cereal boxes, and spare buttons to school with my kids, as requested by their teachers. Teachers are a crafty bunch and we upcycle.

Foil containers - decorate and turn into cookie containers!

I’m not so much crafty, actually. I have good intentions with my treasures, but too often they sit in the basement, their potential forgotten years later.

Upcycle - recycle used foil or parchment boxes into cookie containers.

I saw a blogger turn foil containers into Christmas cookie containers somewhere – and even thought I pinned it. I couldn’t find a good tutorial or the pin but instead found people selling these! They were cute too, but as I saved containers all year for this project I had to figure it out for myself. It was simple once I figured out a few tricks. Here are my directions, along with a few mistakes I made along the way.

Upcycle - recycle used foil or parchment boxes into cookie containers.

Items: empty parchment paper or foil wrap containers – scraps of wrapping paper (or you can use new paper!) – ribbons – scissors, glue or a hot glue gun (I used both) – a ruler – a clean working surface

I got organized first. I had five boxes and they measured about thirteen inches. I wanted these to be a cute mixture since I was upcycling scraps, so I figured I would use 5- 6 scraps per box.

Upcycle - recycle used foil or parchment boxes into cookie containers.

I organized my scraps of wrapping paper into color mixtures I liked. I didn’t want these too matchy, but I decided to make one box with one piece. It turned out pretty but I like the mix-match the best.

Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.

Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.

 

Upcycle - recycle used foil or parchment boxes into cookie containers. Leftover wrapping paper strips

I decided to try Mod Podge even though it can be tricky to use. I worked slowly, making sure that I lined up the paper with the edge of the container. I snipped off the curved, inside part when it was dry.

Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.

The first container I wrapped, I let dry before I folded the lid down. It moved a little and I got lucky that I could straighten it out. I would suggest folding the lid down before it starts to dry.

Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.

My other suggestion is not to use cheap wrapping paper. I had some green Santa paper that was very thin. Some of it is still on the boxes, but most of it is covered up. It didn’t look tidy when I finished gluing.

Then I cut them into strips, not worrying too much about the exact measurements.

My favorite box was the patterned foil one. I used big chunks of paper on it. The mix-match of other ones was fun too! After gluing them all to the box, I cut the edges off so they would be the same length. For this final one, I tried the hot glue gun. I may like it better but that is probably a personal preference.

Upcycle Christmas boxes.

When my kindergartner got home from school, she suggested that she color a piece of paper and glue it to a box. I was out of boxes, but that would be a great idea for smaller kids. She helped me tie some ribbons and we were done!

Upcycled foil containers for the holiday season.

You can upcycle these foil containers into cookie boxes for coworkers or neighbors – or store homemade kid ornaments in them. From start to finish, I took about an hour to make five boxes. They are unique and a pretty way to spread Christmas cheer.

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