It turns out that Decopatch is just a commercial brand and the craft itself is called Decoupage. It's essentially just the art of covering something in bits of paper. And there are loads of different papers and glues and things to cover out there.
We did a huge de-clutter for our house move and most of the things I got rid of was plastic containers. My husband is quite right when he accuses me of being a hoarder - I keep anything that could be re-used just in case it comes in handy one day. So now we've moved, I find myself lacking storage. I had a pretty little steel bucket (a freebie from a cosmetic company!) on my bedside table which kept my hairbrush and various other essentials but that got recycled when we were packing and it got replaced with a cleaned out custard tub. Practical but not very pretty. Which is why decoupage has now come to mind.
The other day, we finished a tub of hot chocolate powder which couldn't be recycled as it's made of mixed materials. That alone makes my blood boil - how are consumers supposed to keep waste down when manufacturers put their products into non-recyclable containers? I noticed the outside of the tub was paper while the inside was foil, so it would be a good surface for decoupage and could be cleaned up for re-use. So, I did just that, then put it aside while I decided what to do with it.
Best of all, it's used up loads of yarn scraps that really weren't much use on their own and prevented one tub from going to landfill. Using lots of different yarns provided the random colouring, but the textures led to a more wavy stripe pattern, which I rather like.
I'm planning to make more for our new house, once we've bought one. The random-effect is fun and I have the satisfaction of using up lots of scraps but I'd also like to see what would happen if I made a really long chain with one single-coloured yarn. In the meantime, I've identified two more tubs in the kitchen which would be suitable, but they're still half-full. It's a good thing my husband likes hot chocolate and custard (not necessarily at the same time) because I'm going to be making lots of it in the next few weeks - I need the tubs!