Tuesday, October 25

Wall decor piece from lid of formula tin: How to

It's festival time everywhere, with the brilliant golden hues on trees everywhere in my part of the world, prompting Fall tourism and thousands of pictures, and the excitement before Diwali, the ultimate festival of lights. 

A recent trip to the local craft store prompted me to pick up a foam stamp with a lamp, almost on a whim. I am not usually someone who likes buying anything foam. But this one I picked up confident that it will help repurpose something back home. And it did. We are into using baby formula tins in plenty these days. And each tin has a pull tab lid that has helped preserve the powder in it. But what to do after pulling it out? You guessed it right. The foam sticker and the pull tab lid I used for the next project.

What you need for this little decor project:

-- pull-tab lid of a formula tin, or a soup can, roughly bigger than a CD\

-- 3-D outliners or 3-D glitter glue of two colours to match the foam stamp

-- a foam stamp, or used 3-D sticker

-- multi-surface craft glue of industrial grade, or a hot glue gun (I used a glue gun)

-- a pair of scissors (optional)

-- old newsprint or trashable paper, or tissue paper 

The pull tab lid I had, was bending awkward when I pulled the tab too hard, causing the lid to lose shape at times. I normally pull out the tab when I use soft drink cans. But this I let be.

It would be good to keep the foam stamp, or other decor stickers that you want on the lid, to get an idea of how it may look in advance.

You need to begin by cleaning the surface of the tin lid with a clean cloth. I decided to embellish the edge of this circle plate which was rather sharp. Using a glitter outliner can take the sharpness off a little, or simply keep you from putting your fingers directly there. For this reason, the project is certainly not for young children.

Squeeze the glitter glue or outliner over the edge of the circle slowly, by moving the embellished part of the plate away after you are done each time.

Such glue takes some patience to work with, as it can get smudgy, which is why you need a tissue paper or rag cloth handy to smear off the smudged tip on to it every now and then. Sometimes, a single squeeze-line may not be enough, and so you squeeze another line of the glue after a while.

Let dry.

The next step, is to use the hot glue gun or multi-surface glue on the center of this disc, and quickly fix the foam stamp or any other sticker. When using the glue gun, do not let the glue set for more than a few seconds. It is why I chose not to click a picture of the glued surface too.

Pull out any residual glue that strings up.

I would have left the piece the way it was, but for the sudden need to bedazzle it.

And so out came another colour of glitter glue.

A few dots to surround the lamp theme stamp with crimson outliner, and some lines with the black colour.

The decor piece is ready. Enjoy the festival of lights, and stay away from polluting fireworks. Try sticking to eco-friendly celebrations.

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