I have many bits and bobs at home. Small items which never seem to fit anywhere, pieces of costume jewellery that don’t have a specific place and trinkets which are completely useless but I’m hanging onto for sentimental reasons. All these have to go somewhere so I’m always on the lookout for small storage solutions.

This one came to me completely by accident. Yes, I happily admit that this project wasn’t planned until I put a plastic tub in the dishwasher and it came out completely deformed. That’s when I had a lightbulb moment! This completely deformed and melted tub could be made into something useful! This is how these upcycled tubs came into existence.

Now, I’ve always been rubbish at chemistry and have therefore absolutely no idea which plastics will melt and which ones won’t. I’m not deliberately advertising one specific store here and I’m certain that other brands make very nice coleslaws too, but these tubs are the ones that will melt in your dishwasher and are therefore the ones you will need. So, if you like the look of these little trinket bowls and would like to make them yourself, read on and start eating coleslaw.


here's what you'll need...

  • Deli Style Coleslaw tub.
  • Spray paint: I have used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White which is available from Homebase
  • Old newspaper – lots of it
  • Humbrol enamel paints (optional, if you would like to add a pattern)
  • Fine paintbrushes (optional, to apply the enamel paints)
  • Brush cleaner

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here's how it's done...

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    Put the tubs into your dishwasher (together with all your other dishes) and wash on the hot setting (60C on my dishwasher). Take the tubs out and leave to dry.

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    Lay out your newspaper to protect surfaces from the spray paint and open all your windows. If you can do this outside, then I would advise to choose that option. Now spray a thin layer of paint onto the inside of the tub. Turn the tub upside down and apply a thin layer of paint to the outside.

    Leave to dry and repeat a couple more times until any colour and writing is completely covered up. Leave the bowls to dry for 24 hours.

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    Now they’re ready to be decorated with the enamel paints. I have chosen some very simple green stems and flowers which I thought might be pretty in a girl’s room, but you can of course choose anything you like. Polka dots maybe?

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    Leave to dry for another 12 hours and then your tubs are ready to be used.

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    I think they look pretty cool with or without pattern and have already filled mine up – time to make some more then…


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By Carole Poirot on 06.08.13

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2 responses to “Upcycled Trinket Bowls”

  1. fINN says:


  2. Haha, thanks Finn! Genius is not a compliment I hear often ;-)

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