It's time again for another Monthly DIY Challenge! If you're new around here, each month a bunch of my bloggy friends and I pick a theme and "challenge" eachother to create an item. This month's theme was the Dollar Store and I couldn't be more excited.
You may remember my previous Dollar Store bins that I updated with a little spray paint and my favorite brass pulls. I use those bins in my medicine cabinet to store Q-tips, cotton balls and band-aids. They are such a great and inexpensive storage solution and I knew for this challenge I wanted to create more bins. This time, instead of using store bought labels I opted to create my own custom metal tags.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Plastic storage bins (Dollar Store)
- Spray paint
- Thin sheet metal
-Black craft paint
I started by lightly sanding the bins to ensure the paint had a good surface to stick to. I actually went a little crazy with the sandpaper in a few spots, so make sure to do this step gently and use fine grit sandpaper.
tool that cuts the corners off the edges, but you could easily do that by hand if you don't have the tool.
alphabet stamping kit and stamped each tag.
After I was done stamping the tags I decided to paint the letters with black paint so they would stand out a bit. I just brushed on some paint, let it sit a few seconds then wiped off the excess.
When you're done stamping the letters the tags will more than likely be uneven. You can easily smooth them out by turning them over and lightly tapping them with a hammer.
Once my tags were nice and smooth, I used a small drill bit to drill holes in both the tags and bins then attached the tags using brads.
As much as I love my living room to look pretty, it also has to be functional for our family. With two school aged kids that means we need lots of art and school supplies handy. These bins are a perfect compromise for being both functional for the kids and pretty for me.