Hi there, friends! It’s that time of month when I join some blogging friends of mine to share some of our ideas where we create different projects each month for under $10. Yes! that’s what I said under $10
The theme this month is Christmas in July!
Can I just say that I’m a little excited . I just love love love anything christmas so this challenge was not getting by me!!
I have a huge Christmas wreath that I always wanted to add some vintage Bells on to it but to be honest I just can’t afford or justify paying the money that they want .. So here I am making them myself!
So basically , the deal is that we can’t spend more than $10 dollars on the project and mine basically cost me nothing! because I already had the paints , glue gun etc all I needed was to save up some bean cans.
Why Bean cans!
The reason why I’m using bean cans is because I want to be able to use them outdoors at Christmas, but my main reason is they are free , tough , durable and not easily broken when stored away. I was going to use soda drink cans but opted for the tin cans instead.
If you don’t usually buy product Items in tin cans you can get your friends to start saving them for you now so that you will have them for Christmas. I used two different sizes in this project. Also , a while ago a good friend of mine gave me some champagne corks tops that he saved up because he knew that I do crafts , so sweet of him.. Funny at the time I had no idea what I’d use them for but they came in handy for this project!
Friends! let me walk you through what I did!
I gathered up my cans, 2 different sizes and peeled off the paper and washed them in soapy water.
I want to mention that the baking soda and bi carb soda is the same product so please do not use baking powder as this product is different
NOTE! Also guys . bi Carb Soda takes 4-5 hrs to dry ( don’t panic it dries rock hard, don’t keep poking at it like I did lol! ) Plaster of Paris dries in an hour and can be sanded right away
You can always do another coat so the can texture is completely gone, I didn’t have the time right now but on my other cans I will do two coats ..
Two different methods!
The list of items you will need!
Empty bean can
Glue gun or E6000 ( or any type of glue you have on hand)
Plaster of Paris or Bi Carb soda
Gold paint or your colour choice.
Cover for your work station as it’s messy
Spatula for mixing
Drill if using corks instead of beads
Let me know what you think and if you do happen to use this tutorial please drop me a line and a photo of your Christmas Bells!!
Well my friends here is my take on Old Vintage Christmas Bells.