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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dollar Store Storage Bins with Custom Metal Tags {MonthlyDIYChallenge}


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.

Turn basic Dollar Store bins into custom storage with spray paint and DIY metal tags.

You probably know by now that I love decorating and updating my home, but hate to spend a lot of money.  I tend to lean towards less expensive home decor items that I can tweak and alter to make my own.   This months Dollar Store theme was right up my ally and I couldn't wait to head out in search of a great item to update.



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.

Turn basic Dollar Store bins into custom storage with spray paint and DIY metal tags.

Here's What You'll Need:

- Plastic storage bins (Dollar Store)
- Spray paint
- Sandpaper
- Thin sheet metal
-Silver brads
-Black craft paint
-Paint brush
-Hammer

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.

Turn basic Dollar Store bins into custom storage with spray paint and DIY metal tags.
After a few coats of my favorite ORB spray paint I was ready to start working on the labels.
Turn basic Dollar Store bins into custom storage with spray paint and DIY metal tags.
I started by cutting a few pieces of sheet metal into thin strips.  I have a tool that cuts the corners off the edges, but you could easily do that by hand if you don't have the tool.
Turn basic Dollar Store bins into custom storage with spray paint and DIY metal tags.
I then took my 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. 

Now that you've seen my project, check out the other fabulous Dollar Store ideas!







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23 comments:

  1. Love these, Katie! You have a knack for making dollar store items look way more expensive. The little tags are perfect too! ~Amy

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    1. Aww, thanks girl! So glad you like them!

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  2. These are too cool, Katie! Such a creative idea! Amy is right, you do have a gift at upgrading inexpensive items. Nicely done, my friend!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! You are so sweet :)

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  3. These look great, Katie! We have the same bins but never thought to spray paint them! The metal tags are perfect! So fun to do another challenge together :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thanks Bre! I agree, these challenges are always fun :)

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  4. Oh my goodness! Those metal stamped tags are SOOOO cool! LOVE how these turned out!

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  5. Love the hand stamped metal tags!!! I think I need to get my hands on a stamping kit! So cool!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Everyone needs a stamping kit, right?!?!

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  6. This is genius! And I had no idea you could use a leather stamper on metal! This certainly gets my wheels spinning ;)

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    1. Aww, thanks Bre! It has my wheels spinning for future projects too! I'm sure you'll come up with some great project ideas!

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  7. Wow, one of smartest & niftiest projects I ever seen!! Love them!!

    Paige.Rose
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    www.TheQuaintSanctuary.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Paige! You are too kind and totally made my day :)

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  8. Katie, these are so adorable and look wonderful! I would have never thought of this with those little storage bins...I usually walk right past them! Very creative!

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  9. Those bins totally look like metal now that you've spray-painted them - brilliant! Also I just adore anything that is metal-stamped and these labels are totally right up my alley. I just got a stamp set a couple months ago - I might need to make some of my own!

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  10. I love how smart these look, I hadn't realised they were plastic - fab idea, thanks

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  11. I just love the look of those hand-stamped metal tags!! I always love a good label, but these also add so much character! Thanks for linking up with us at The Creative Circle!
    -Angela, Blue i Style

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  12. These are so pretty! I never would have thought these would have been from the Dollar Store! And I LOVE the labels. I've got to get a stencil like that!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Motivational Monday! I'm featuring these at our party on Sunday! :)

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  13. So very cute - love those labels! Thanks so much for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share it! last week!

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  14. Love these. They have a very industrial feel to them. I may use this idea when I start re-doing my son's big boy room.

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  15. Gorgeous! Here from I <3 Organizing.

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  16. Those metal tags are very nice, and what’s even better is that you can make them out of metal sheets— even just from scrap. Those kind of products with those kid of tags would probably be quite expensive in stores. Thanks for sharing this with us, Katie. All the best!


    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising Ltd.

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