Today is the Thrift Benefit DIY Link Party, where 22 bloggers are linking up to share their DIY projects from items purchased at our local animal shelter thrift stores. Yesterday, I told you about my shopping excursion and about the thrift store, 2nd Chance in Oak Park, Illinois and how their store benefits the Animal Care League.
I also showed some of the items I shopped for including a well worn cookie tin.
Today I am going to show how I transformed that old cookie tin into a postcard display.
And at the bottom of this post you will find a link-up of 21 other DIY thrift store makeovers or animal rescue related stories from the heart. Please check them out because I KNOW that you will find something crazy, cool, unique, trendy, clever or just downright useful made from thrift store items by some really talented bloggers who love this cause as much as I do!
So, onto the cookie tin project.
As I went about my shopping last week, I was open to what I would find, but I did have one project in mind to try.
We are redoing our basement and after I made the canoe rentals sign laundry table, I felt inspired to get a little bit theme-y and go for a look in the basement that might suggest a campground general store (I love those stores, how about you?)
So with that in mind I wanted to try and make a kind of faux postcard display or “turnstyle” with the cookie tin.
I went with a travel inspired theme, but any style or theme would work. Here’s what I used to make this:
paint (I used chalkpaint)
Old drawer pull or door knob
A mismatched cereal bowl (optional)
Decoupage and scrapbook paper or an old map (optional)
Step one: I painted the tin, bowl and door knob (I painted them a few colors-not shown- before I like the color combo)
DIY tip: run painters tape along the lid lip line of the base part of the cookie tin, so that the lid still fits on without too much hassel. (OR) If you paint the lid lip, rub a bar of soap along the lid line, so that lid will open and close easier.
Step two,three and four: I decoupaged on some scrapbook paper and then I glued the clothes pins onto the side of the tin. I did four clothes pins pointing up and four pointing down. I also glued the door know onto the lid.
DIY tip: I measured cookie tin height minus the lip of the lid, marked the back side of the paper to size and then ripped the paper (rather than cut with scissors) by holding a ruler down.
Step five (optional): I glued the bowl onto the bottom of the tin to create a “stand”, if you will.
This cookie tin contraption can also work as a photo display
a memo holder
a chore center for the little ones
a momento keeper for a teenager
maybe even a teacher’s gift
You can remove the lid and store stuff inside, too!
I forgot to mention that I also scored these vintage postcards while I was thrifting!
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Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy