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Re-Purposed Chalkboard Canister

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Materials:Repurposed Chalkboard March 2016pixel96

FloraCraft® Design It:®
Silks & Naturals®, Desert Foam® Bricks, 2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
Foam Cutter

Other Materials:
Old wood canister, 5 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ x 7″ tall
Design Master® ColorTool® spray color, Ivory
DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint, Black
Marvy® Uchida bistro chalk marker, white (or chalkboard chalk)
Two 5/16″ diameter x 36″ length wood dowels
Jute twine, natural 1 1/2 yrds.
Five 1″ diameter pewter spiral clips (in scrap booking supplies)
Old atlas or map (to be shredded)
Blue painters’ tape
Old candle
Paper shredder (or cut by hand)
Five old black & white photos

coping saw or hand saw
glue gun and glue sticks
large cardboard box (for spraying)
old newspapers
fine sandpaper
old candle
medium paintbrush
water container
paper towels



  1. Remove canister lid and discard or save for another project. Lightly sand outside of canister to remove smooth finish and create a rougher surface that will accept paint. Apply blue painter’s tape to center panel on each side. (Note: For flat-sided canister with no panel design, create your own rectangular area, covered with tape.)
  2. Rub candle wax fairly heavily all over edges, corners and outsides of canister, except on taped areas. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area (inside box) spray canister with Vanilla. Let dry. Leaving tape on canister, sand to distress, especially on edges so that brown wood shows through.
  3. Remove tape. Use paint brush to apply chalkboard paint onto center panel on each side. Let dry. (Note: Follow manufacturer’s instructions for painting and drying/curing time of chalkboard paint.)
  4. Fit Foam Block into canister. Trim with Foam Cutter as needed to fit. Hot glue foam into bottom of canister.
  5. Use saw to cut dowels to: 10″, 11″, 12″, 13″ and 14″ lengths. Rub dowels with wax candle and spray with Vanilla. Let dry. Then sand to distress.
  6. Cut five 12″ lengths twine. Refer to photo and wrap around dowels at varying heights as shown. Apply small dot of hot glue at start and end of twine. Insert dowels into foam in canister. Run map through paper shredder and cover foam with shreds.
  7. Attach spiral clip to end of each dowel. (Gluing isn’t necessary.) Insert photos into spirals. Write message on chalkboard panels using marker or chalk.


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