Check it Out! Since my husband passed away I have found and been given different things that I know I want to keep in one place. From poems to letters to objects, these are all things that I want to keep not only so that I can reflect on them but for our children. There will come a day that they will be leaving our home and I want to be able to share these things with them. As they have been piling up over the last few months, I realized I needed to come up with a way to store them. But I needed a way that would allow the children and I to access them but also protect them.
I have a few of these popcorn tins that were given to the kids at the holidays and since they have a lid and plenty of space inside, I realized one would be the perfect solution. I just needed to upcycle it.
My supplies for this project included:
- Popcorn Tin
- Black Spray Paint
- Knob or drawer pull for the lid
- Word Stickers by Jolee's Boutique
- Wide ribbon
- Hot Glue
To get started I spray painted my tin with the black spray paint. It took a few coats to get it to cover completely. Remember to do this step outside so there is plenty of ventilation.
I then wrapped my ribbon around the center and glued it in place.
I chose the words "treasured" and "memories" from my sheet of word stickers and added them on top of the ribbon strip. I spent a little time pressing and rubbing them so that they would stick well and added a few gemstones to the end swirls for accent.
My can was looking a little plain so I decided to add some more of the gemstones to the base. In order to keep them evenly spaced I used my ruler as a guide for the spacing.
My lid was already black so I didn't need to do anything to it except add a knob to the top. I didn't have a knob or drawer pull so I created one with a few wooden pieces glued together and painted white. After finding the center of the lid, I glued the knob on and added a gemstone to the center top of it. Then I glued some lace to the rim of the lid to finish it off.
This memory can now sits next to our memorial table and the kids and I can add to it and look through it whenever we want.