Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mom's Upcycle Metal Box

Mom's Upcycle Metal Box

It's time again for our monthly Pinterest Challenge
The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month's challenge is about Mother's Day or projects geared towards the women in our lives.

My mom loved storing her special trinkets in decorative metal boxes! And she also loved cats. We had lots of cats and kittens while growing up! So when I saw this adorable napkin of a flowered cat, I thought of my mom and I knew I had to decoupage a metal box with the cat napkin! There are lots of pinned decoupage projects covering metal boxes, especially Altoid tins  and this project was inspired by the Pinterest pin I found here.

Besides the tin box, you will also need Mod Podge - I used Matte but gloss would work too.
A pretty napkin .  .  .

White acrylic chalk paint and brush to cover the top .  .  .

then, you'll have to separate the 3-ply napkin to reveal just the top pattern napkin. 
Next, paint on a layer of mod podge and center the napkin on top, gently smoothing it out. Let dry. Then add another layer of mod podge on top of the napkin. 
Lay a plastic zip lock bag on top to help smooth the wrinkles out with your fingers. Gently remove the plastic and let the top dry.
 While the top was drying, I thought it would be an interesting design to add white stripes to the bottom box. I didn't want to paint the box completely. To do this, painter's tape was applied in a somewhat random stripe pattern around the sides of the box .  .  .
 and the exposed metal painted white .  .  .
 and then the tape quickly removed before drying. Allow paint to dry thoroughly.
 Seal with a few coats of gloss varnish for a nice finished look!
Have fun filling with all kinds of mementos or tchotchkes of or for your mom!


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  1. Gail I love how you turned a tin box into a pretty container. The decoupage is a neat technique to do to the lid. Great gift idea.

  2. Those napkins are adorable! I love that you turned an old tin into something functional. Pinned.

  3. Thanks so much, Terri! I often get carried away with decoupaging things!

  4. What a wonderful tribute to your mom. The box looks gorgeous and I love that cat napkin. You always have the prettiest napkins.

  5. What a cute gift idea. Perfect for the favorite Mom in your life.

  6. The floral cat napkin is perfect and the box is gorgeous. I love gifts that have a sentimental connection/meaning.

  7. The floral cat is darling. A wonderful project for Mom. I need to get out my Mod Podge...Thanks for sharing Gail.

  8. Such a great idea to dress up a tin! I use tins like this a lot for storing my buttons and other sewing supplies.

  9. Lovely upcycle, Gail. It's so sweet that it reminds you of your mother.

  10. What a neat idea, and a lovely tribute to your mom!

  11. Wow I love this! What a cute pattern you chose. I like how you did the stripes on the bottom of the box. It really stepped up the look.

  12. Great project. I can never think about what to make with metal boxes from the holidays and such. This is a good idea. Thanks.

  13. What a lovely transformation! Your projects always inspire me. I need more pretty napkins in my life! ;-) -Marci

  14. I love that floral cat! The stripes were a wonderful touch, too! I'd use a box like that to hold my knitting accessories.

  15. Absolutely awesome! Such a cute cat. I love the stripes you added to the box. Pinning!


  16. This is excellent! I am a big cat fan, so that's what caught my eye at first, but then I started thinking that this would be a great way to upcycle cookie tins I receive every year at Christmas.



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