Monday, April 5, 2010

Custom Kitchen Canisters

I've never understood kitchen canisters. You buy a product in a package, why not store it in the same package? Of course this stems from the fact that I have no open storage, well I actually have no counter space which means no open storage.

That is about to change.

As part of our mini-kitchen make over, we will be getting 20+ linear feet of open storage in the form of 2 7' long café shelves and a new 8' section of counter top. Yahooo!!!

So I've been keeping my eye out for fun open storage solutions when I came across these at Target:

I know, they don't scream "Fun open storage" just yet do they? But they will, I assembled some materials:

  • Set of canisters, found at Target for $15.00 (which after researching I realized was a really good deal.)
  • Black Vinyl
  • My Cricut Expression
  • Sure Cuts A Lot Sofware
  • Contact Paper
  • Various Cricut tools
First I explore the free fonts available at, found something I liked and created initials for each of the 7 canisters plus full names for the tops of each.

Next I cut what I created from my computer, with my cricut via Sure Cuts A Lot... (for those of you have been avoiding a cricut because of the expensive carts, this is the way around it, you can cut anything you want with SCAL)

After the designs had been kiss-cut on the cricut I weeded out the sections of vinyl that surrounded the letter.

I applied contact paper over the design and burnished with the burnishing tool so that the vinyl would stick to my contact paper, not to it's paper backing.

Next, peal up the contact paper and make sure the vinyl design has come with it.

Finally, apply the vinyl design to the canister, burnishing over the letter to make sure the vinyl sticks to the canister so that you can remove the contact paper:

Using the same method above, apply the full name to the top of the canister.

Repeat until you have the entire set:

A few close ups:

I can't wait 'till the kitchen is done so these can be where they belong... on our Café Shelves!!!


  1. Love what you did with these! They will look great out in the open in your kitchen.

  2. Love them! They will look amazing on your cafe shelves.

  3. I love these-this is an awesome look.

  4. Ok, you have got to stop with the cuteness!!! THESE are SO beautiful. I guess I should get one of those Cricut things. WOW! Great job!

  5. They look so cute! Great idea!

  6. Great idea. These personalized canisters really look wonderful! I want your gadgets, too! cheers, -susan

  7. This is a really great idea! This way, you don't have to mess with boxes and packets. Everything is organized which is so nice!

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Those are awesome!!! I love how did it, I've never tried that. I'll have to!

  10. That's going to look great on the shelves! I love the fonts you chose for this. I guess this was one time you were thankful for that Cricut! I wouldn't use it enough to get my money's worth out of it.

  11. Very cute. I'm excited to see it on your new countertops! What I wouldn't give for more counter space! Ah...well. Have a great day!

  12. These turned out great. I love them..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

  13. I applaud your creativity ~!! You have done a fabulous transformation on those canisters and I hope you've given yourself a huge pat on the back..



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