Sunday, April 22, 2012


Just in time for Earth Day..... I made a kitchen composter out of a vintage container and I got to use some washi tape!  Check it out:
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Here's the story morning glory.  I have a farm-style kitchen.  I don't mean roosters, cows and hens, farm-style.  I mean like your grandma or your great-grandma's 1930's vintage farm-style.  I have bead board paneling and I took out all of the upper cabinets and put in white shelves.  Lots of them. It's pretty, functional, open and a very calming green.  Some day I'll show you.  My point is, that I'm always on the look-out for something that goes in my kitchen and when I found this little aluminum container, I had to have it!
I paid a whopping $2.00 for it.  These containers were kind of like the Tupper-Ware of the early years.  They were used to carry food much like our pyrex today.  They would not take up much room in a fridge and could sit right on top a wood stove to reheat.  I have also been told that sometimes they were used as lunch pails.  But mostly, they were used as food storage containers.  I knew right from the start that I wanted this to be a kitchen compost container. 
Now I'm not crazy about having a composting container sitting out in my kitchen and this one can easily fit under the sink.......but there is absolutely no reason why this couldn't be "cuted up a little" in my youngest sister, Amber's words. 
Before we get to the "cuting it up part", we have to do one thing....drill some holes in that lid.  Compost containers need air.  I marked where I wanted to drill my holes with a pencil.
I got out the cordless drill and drilled 6 holes in the top of the lid where I had marked out some X's.
That's it.....that is all the prep work required for this project!  Now on to the "cuting it up" part.

I would like to just say here that "I found some washi tape!!!"  I couldn't believe our Hobby Lobby, Michael's, nor JoAnn's had any.  Target had plenty.  In the school supply section.  Go figure!  I think it was like $1/roll sold in 4pks.  Yay!  The bonus for me was, one of the colors was this kind of funky vintage green, which is one of the accent colors in my kitchen.  It took me about 5 minutes to put 3 bands of washi tape around my container.
How cute is that??!!  Really, I could have just left it like that and been very happy with it, but.......
I added a little label that had a short list of what can go in this compost container.
Just so you know, you should not put meat scraps or dairy in a compost container.  (I rinse my eggshells.)  There you have it.  Earth Day Project....check.  Vintage Project....check.  Washi Tape Project....check!  Some yummy compost to feed my giant pumpkins I'm growing.....BONUS!

This project was completed for under $4.00.  I didn't even make a dent in a roll of washi tape. 

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  1. What a gorgeous project! Beautiful and useful, love it!!! We used to go to a nearby farm to fetch milk with a very similar looking container when I was small...
    Would love to see some pics of your kitchen!
    have a great Sunday

  2. So cute and such an easy way to start composting!

  3. Oh, I love it! The colors of the washi tape work so well for Earth Day!

  4. The label is a great idea! I'm always telling people not to put certain things in my compost container. They're used to green bins that will take meat and bread in the city. Your composter is cute enough to leave sitting out. ~ Maureen

  5. Cute makeover and very earth-friendly, too! I'm loving all the washi tape projects popping up right now.

    Happy Earth Day!

    - Claire

  6. Happy Earth Day! What a great idea and I love the washi tape!

  7. I'm loving this idea! Like how you "cuted" it up! I think the label was a great idea because you know somebody will put something they shouldn't in there otherwise (or is that only in MY house?).

  8. Danni, this is so, so cute!! How creative are you? The colors of your washi tape are so pretty!! So happy you've stopped by my's so nice to meet new friends in the blog world.

  9. I keep seeing lots of washi tape projects all around the blogoland, but yours is truly amazing! I especially love the way the label completes the whole ensemble:)

  10. Hi, I'm a new linky follower and I am hosting my first linky party @ It goes live tonight at 10 est. Would love you to link up. Have a wonderful week. Diane

  11. That's a fun find and good use of he tape

  12. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  13. LOVE this...your compost bin looks so classy!

  14. What a great project. I love that washi tape and your colour/patterns are really pretty. I can't believe you got the vintage container for only $2. What a steal. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  15. This is a great project! I love the pattern of washi tape you chose. The little hanging tag is really adorable too. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

  16. Ive been wanting a composter! Looks cute with the washi tape. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  17. Wow, I'm so happy I found you through the Friday Blog Hop! Now following you. What a fabulous idea! I really want to try this!

  18. Thanks for linking up last week! Im sharing this on my twitter and facebook today! Make sure to grab a featured button tomorrow :)

  19. Thank you for linking up to my Unveil Your Genius Linky last week! New link party is live:

  20. Very cool and inspiring. I'll have to look into that washy tape, this is the second project I've seen using that and now I want to try it.