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Cross Stitch on Recycled Packaging

cross stitch on recycled consumer packaging

It’s Friday night, and I must admit that one of my favorite things to do at the end of a long week is cross stitch or hand embroider. It is soooo relaxing to me. I can kick back with a movie and quietly stitch away as the movie plays. So tonight is one of those nights. It’s cold (for May) and I just want to be cozy.

I also cannot deny for much longer the pile of recycled containers I have stashed next to my desk just waiting to be upcycled! They’re kind of hidden behind my trash can, but the pile is starting to grow higher than the trash can. It’s time to repurpose this recycled packaging.

How to Cross Stitch Recyclables

Over the last year I have been pinning cross stitch that has been done “off the cloth” as I call it. Meaning not on aida cloth. It’s super fascinating to me. How about you? I’ve seen it on everything from chain link fences to ceramics to eggs.


Recycled canister or container with a plastic lid

Graph paper



Heavy duty needle

Embroidery thread

cross stitch on plasticStep 1: Draw your design in Xs on your graph paper. For inspiration, you can do a Pinterest search for easy cross stitch patterns. I sketched out my initial and a little heart.

Step 2: Cut around your design and tape it to the top of your recycled, plastic lid

Step 3: Use your heavy duty needle to poke holes through the graph paper where your Xs are drawn.

Step 4: Remove the graph paper and cross stitch your lid!

Now, because I mentioned that I do this with a movie, you’ll have to tune in tomorrow to see the finished project.

UPDATE: As promised, here is my finished can. I Mod Podged some scrapbook paper onto it to make it super pretty. The funny thing is, I’m slightly obsessed with this Mod Podge paper from Plaid – I mean this particular pattern. I got a book of paper samples and I’ve used this pattern on three project so far. You may remember it from my garage makeover post. I simply love it!

cross stitch on a can

Let me know how you would use this cross stitched container!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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3 Responses to Cross Stitch on Recycled Packaging

  1. Erlene May 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    That is such a cute idea! Great way to make the tops of the canister prettier. Woud love if you shared this on Merry Monday Linky Party. It runs until Thurs.
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  2. Precious Crafts August 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I love this idea! I sometimes use the smaller lids to cover our glasses or cups – now I can make them prettier! :D
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  3. Felix Nagel December 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    A really great idea here Cristin. It’s great how people get so creative on their own recycling process, and it really surprises me what other things people can do with the simple things we have at home.

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