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Upcycled Christmas tins!

Theo is having a bit of adventure this Christmas Eve as he’s decided to spend the day at my sister’s house meeting extended family and waking up on Christmas morning with his teenage cousins, before we join them for lunch. Among the new friends he’ll be making at Christmas are a 5 year-old and a 7 year-old and so naturally he wanted to take Christmas gifts to give them, but we wanted to keep it simple and cheap…


I hit on the idea of upcycling my last two formula tins, but there was a problem… I only had one lid!

Fortunately a lovely lady over at the Make Do And Mend Life facebook page came to by aid and generously posted me one of hers. The tins were spray painted with leftover Pinty Plus I had from other projects I’ve done this year and everything except for some gold coins I added (sum total £2) were from supplies we had in the house.


The labels are chalkboard ones from Amazon, the letters from my dwindling scrapbooking stash (I haven’t scrapbooked for 9 years!) and the contents made up from a range of nibbles from the kitchen, stationery and leftover party supplies. I tried to avoid filling them with cheap plastic toys which would break in minutes and have (I hope) achieved it.


These are the second and third formula tins I’ve spray painted, but if I’m honest I’ve sent many more to be recycled and I wish I’d hung on to them all. They spray up beautifully and the Pinty Plus leaves them with a really robust coat of paint. If I had a few more they would make great party “bags” in the summer.

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Upcycled copper Army men fridge magnets (and giveaway)

Around the corner from our house we now have a brilliant local charity shop which I pass on the school run four times a day. We’ve found a few gems and projects there since it’s opened and on one trip recently, I found a huge bag of plastic army men which were crying out to be upcycled in some way. I debated turning them into a fruit bowl, but instead settled on transforming them into fridge magnets instead.

Decent strong magnets proved easier to find than I was expecting and although I had originally planned to simply glue the magnets on to the men, Jim insisted that we did it properly and drill a hole to recess each magnet in. This involved a bit of trial an error and buying new smaller magnets that neatly fitted the men, but the result was worth it. The magnets were so strong that we had to use superglue to fit them in the hole so that they didn’t pop out when you tried to detach them from the fridge.


After the holes were drilled and the magnets glued in I sprayed them with Pinty Plus plastic primer which is a transparent coating which allows the paint to adhere to the plastic.


After that I applied several light layers of copper spray. This stage always requires some patience! Each layer literally takes seconds to apply and in cold weather this means you have to nip outside do the spraying and then come back inside and patiently wait 20 minutes or so for the paint to dry before applying the next layer. If you add too much at once the paint will run or bubble up. It’s much easier to do in the summer of course when your back door is permanently open and the sun dries the paint quicker!


The finished Army men are now running riot over our fridge providing lots of entertainment and a touch of on trend glamour to our white goods!


GIVEAWAY….. We do however have more than we could possibly need, so I’d like to dispatch a few Army units to different “bases” around the country. If you’d like a set of 5 to adorn your kitchen simply comment below and I’ll pick two names at random and send them out to you after Christmas.

Competition details : You are under no obligation to like me on my social channels, however I will be announcing the winner via Facebook so it makes sense to like my page to ensure you know if you are the winner! UK addresses only, no cash alternative, deadline for commenting to enter is 31st December at 23:59 and the winners have 14 days to respond with their mailing details once they are announced or another winner will be chosen.

Project details…

Pinty Plus Plastic Primer and Copper Spray from novasolspray.co.uk
5mm magnets from eBay


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