Friday, 9 July 2010

Altered Art

If, like me, you are a fan of The Body Shop you are also probably wondering whether you can do anything with the empty body butter and body scrub tubs.  These are a fair size, sturdy and very useful for storing crafty bits and bobs.  Here is an altered tub of Body Shop Body Butter which is pretty enough to use for trinkets or even to fill with talcum powder and a powder puff.


Empty Tub
A4 sheet of chosen paper
Glossy Accents Glue
Co-ordinating ribbon
Double-sided tape
Distress Ink (optional)
Small artists brush

  1. After washing the tub use the base as a template to draw two circles from white paper.  One for the bottom of the tub to cover any label that won't come off and one for the top.

  2. Then  stick the white circles on the bottom and the top of the lid and leave to dry.

  3. Next cut a circle from your chosen paper.  I used the top layer of a paper napkin which gives a nice translucent finish.  Stick your paper onto the white paper circle on the lid using Glossy Accents glue and leave to dry.

  4. When the paper is completely dry, brush another layer of Glossy Accents over the top to seal it and give a porcelain effect. 

  5. Cut a strip from the same paper to go around the side of the base and glue on with Glossy Accents.  When dry, brush another coat of glue on the top as you did for the lid.

  6. Choose co-ordinating ribbon to go around the edge of the lid and stick in place using permanent double-sided tape.  I find glue marks the outside of the ribbon.
  7. As a final flourish I edged around the top of the lid with a Pen-touch Gold Pen, along the seam where the ribbon meets the lid.
  8. OPTIONAL:  I dabbed a little Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen over the lid and side with cotton wool.  After about 20 minutes wipe off any excess that hasn't dried.  This adds to the aged look.
Using a paper napkin or similar tissue-based paper gives a lovely cracked glaze effect as the paper naturally creases and crinkles when glued and using Glossy Accents gives a nice sheen.

Have a go yourself.  It's amazing what you can achieve and even if the end product isn't perfect, you may discover other techniques and ideas on the way.

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Carrie said...

Great idea, well done you!! Carrie xx

Spyder said...

Oho Sue this is clever, and I have some of that body creamy lovely stuff, but it's still quite full, will definitely be doing something with the jar, in about...2012 I should think!!

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