Saturday, February 25, 2012

{Pretty} Dishwasher Tab Storage

I have come to realize that if something I use for organizing isn’t pretty, I probably won’t stick to using it.

I have searched high and low for a pretty way to store my dishwasher tabs under the sink. Yes, I know, most tabs already come in re-sealable containers but the packaging is finicky and I knew it could be improved upon.

Silhouette Cameo to the rescue!

Using a cookie tin with a plastic lid (I may have had to eat the cookies to free up the tin for my project . . . ), spray adhesive, a strip of scrapbook paper, ribbon and contact paper, I created this quick (and pretty!) storage solution.

pretty dishwasher tab storage

After measuring around the tin, I created a rectangular shape in Silhouette Studio and cut my scrapbook paper. I sprayed both the tin and my paper with adhesive and carefully covered the tin. The paper was not quite long enough so I covered the seam with coordinating ribbon.

Next, I searched for dish shapes in the Silhouette Store. I finally found this shape and ungrouped it so that I could use just what I needed for my project.

Dishwasher Tabs screenshot edit

I opted to use contact paper instead of vinyl since my shape was so small. Using the cutting mat, my settings were:

Blade – 1

Speed – 5

Thickness – 7

This cut cleanly through the contact paper without cutting the backing.

My last step was to transfer my design to the lid of the tin. I considered labeling the tin but thought that would make it look too busy. A label would look great on something without a pattern.

This particular container holds approximately 20 tabs. It is airtight but still easy to open and close.

Dishwasher Tab Storage Open Lid

Now, it puts a smile on my face when I open up the cupboard and see my pretty little tin of tabs.

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