Tuesday, March 3, 2015

International Cafe Can Creations

Hi Friends and Happy March!

Thank you for the sweet birthday greetings,
emails, cards, calls and gifts.
You made my day special and I send BIG TEXAS HUGS TO ALL.

I'm back from my little getaway and will share more about that soon
but today,
 I want to share a fun craft idea using International Cafe Containers.

A few months ago, I shared some ideas using cafe international
coffee cans redesigned into a cute keepsake boxes.

I started to work with  and sold dozens of these cans many years ago when they were metal.

Now they are made out of plastic and it was a bit more of a challenge to design with them.

However, chalk paint works great and there is no need for the normal primer I used for the metal. 
This was when chalk paint wasn't even a thought or developed yet.

So after several coats of chalk paint in "Lace, my favorite color" by Deco Americana,
I painted and sealed these little gems
creating little gift or storage boxes with lids.

 To the lids, I used mod podge over coordinating fabric cut to fit.
Once dry, I trimmed the lid out with lace, pearls and a crocheted flower with pearl center.

I have to say  that I experimented with decorative papers on the lids with mod podge,
but once dry, they popped right off the bendable lid. 
Fabric works better and stays in place when dry.

For the lid on this one,
 I used a coordinating green toile fabric like the leaves I painted with the roses.

The inside is ready to hold keepsakes, 
art or sewing supplies, candy and more.

To another I added lots of lace and trims with a felt petal flower on the lid.

It's amazing how different they are to work with in the plastic
compared to the metal cans from years ago, but still lots of fun.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you a great month of March.

Be Blessed!
Celestina Marie


Junkchiccottage said...

These are so pretty and sweet. Who ever thought a instant coffee container could look so great. You relove things into such sweet treasures.

Betty said...

They are so precious. You come up with the best ideas. I would have given up on the plastic. HA! HA!

Valerie-Jael said...

My oh my, these are just gorgeous! Glad you had a happy birthday and enjoyed your trip! Hugs, Valerie

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Welcome back :-)
I think these little cans are adorable. Perfect for keepsakes. I love your creativity Celestina. Always an inspiration!

Stacey said...

Those are so pretty now! What a smart idea. :)

Anonymous said...

Each one is gorgeous.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

So pretty!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You can just about transform anything my friend! Welcome back!

DeeDee said...

So beautiful... and a great recycle... mine are so jealous they still look like normal cans in my stash of recyclables... hehehe! Hope all is well in Texasland... I know the weather hasn't been... hugs

TexWisGirl said...

cute little gift boxes!

1CardCreator said...

These boxes are gorgeous! You always seem to know what to pair with what to make the most beautiful creations! ~Diane

Dreaming of Vintage said...

How beautiful! You host a International Coffee Can swap Celestina! Happy belated birthday!

Claudia said...

Dear Celeste,
it is wonderful, what you made out of those tins! Each one is such a beautiful work!
Wihsing you a wonderful rest of the week,
sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Jan Hermann said...

Welcome Home! Glad you had a wonderful trip! Love, love, love these little cans!!

Jan ♥

Mari said...

Oh wow Celeste, these turned out beautiful, what a great way to recycle and store your little treasures, I just love this idea.

Happy belated Birthday~

Linda M. said...

Celeste, These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Joyous Wishes, Linda

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

So cute! Great idea for re-purposing a container! Sounds like you had a great birthday and a nice trip away. Happy March!

Laurie said...

What a great idea Celeste! And cute as buttons!

Cynthia said...

These are so pretty. One after the other. So talented


Anonymous said...

Each one is so pretty and unique, Celeste! You have an amazing talent that can turn anything into a treasure! So glad you enjoyed your birthday trip! Have a lovely week.

NanaDiana said...

Only YOU could take a coffee "tin" and turn it into such a beautiful creation. You truly have the soul of an artist and make the most mundane things beautiful works of art. I love them, Celeste. GREAT job. xo Diana

Kathy said...

What a pretty way to up-cycle!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

They are so pretty, Celeste. I love when you add your signature painting style to anything. It just takes the mundane to the extraordinary. So pretty and Happy belated birthday greetings to you my friend...Happy Tuesday..Judy

Cheri the Quilting Nanny said...

I collected over a years worth of these and never thought of what you did! These are beautiful! Best I could do was use them as organizers....


Very pretty and useful!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Celeste, that's a lovely transformation; very nicely done.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I can't remember if I wished you happy birthday, so happy belated birthday.
Wow they are beautiful little treasures. Who would of thought that this would turn out this lovely. I love them all and what nice little gifts to give a friend.
Hope you had a really nice trip. Have a terrific week dear friend.

cynthia lee designs said...

They are all so pretty!!

Eclectic Red Barn said...

These containers are so lovely. I love how simple containers can become something so fabulous.

Donna said...

Your containers turned out so pretty, Celestina! I love projects that repurpose things that would otherwise get tossed or thrown in the recycling bin! They are all so pretty, it's hard to pick a favorite! The gorgeous creamy white one at the end makes me think of a wedding cake!! Good tip on using fabric instead of paper on the lids. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Glad your Birthday celebration was fun. You always amaze me with your creativity and inventive embellishments. Very pretty, love the felt flower on top.

Stephanie said...

These are so pretty, my friend! I especially like the last one - the creams and whites look so romantic :)

I actually have a cafe can saved because of your post a few months ago when you shared the pink one. I fell in love with it and wanted to make something similar. I haven't yet, but I will show you when I do :)

Thank you for the beautiful inspiration and thank you for sharing at ROI. Hugs to you!

farmhouse-story said...

your pretty roses would make any repurposed item adorable, celeste:) great idea to use fabric on the plastic lid! enjoy your day!

La Petite Gallery said...

This is such a great idea, they are all so pretty. I bought modge podge and don't know what it is. yvonne

decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina !! Que bonito reciclaje !! Ese bote quedo encantador

Sola Scriptura said...

How fabulous! Oh I just adore these :) I hope you're having a great week.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Celeste, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! And what a great creative idea for the containers. They both look so pretty, it is hard to pick a favorite.. Have a happy day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Anything that touches your talented hands becomes a thing of beauty! Hope your break was great!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie Harris said...

You are amazing, Celestina.
Beautiful as always.

Thank you for your sweet visit to my little corner of the world.
All is going well in Arizona with my parents.

Sweet blessings to you,

Alessandra said...

Ohhh...they are so precious, such gorgeous, such romantic and so shabby chic...very , very beautiful. Your hands make miracles! I can' t choose one of them, because they are all fabulous.

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous, Celeste. I simply adore your roses. I'm sorry I'm running late with birthday wishes. Happy birthday, my friend. I hope you had a lovely time away.
Thank you for visiting.
PS-Mr Longhorn looks quite respectable. ;)

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh my, these are adorable, Celeste! You have such a gift!

Conniecrafter said...

Your containers are so pretty, I use to decorate these years ago when my husband drank these, but he has quit drinking them. love all the layers of lace!

Anonymous said...

Turning a plastic box into a piece of art (I love the white one) is a beautiful way of recycling. You are multi-talented Celestina !

Tina said...

oh, this box is so gorgeous

Createology said...

Beautifully upcycled pieces of art. Your special touch with paint and brush is Creative Bliss indeed Dear.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

These are so pretty! Love it when you can turn a piece of trash into something useful and beautiful! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Blessings, Deborah

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celeste, I don't know anyone else who could turn an ordinary, plastic coffee container into a beautiful box. I'm always amazed by your creativity.

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Celestina Marie
Celestina Marie

Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..