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Shoebox Lid Canvas July 3, 2012

I love Pinterest! I have a hard time sleeping at night and often find myself on Pinterest, searching through countless craft inspirations. I notice that many of the projects I ‘pin’ require a canvas. Canvases can be pricey and they don’t follow the ‘recycled/use what you have’ format. So I was trying to figure out an item that would resemble a canvas, but would be along the lines of a recycled project. That’s when shoebox lids came to mind.

My inspiration for the project came from the blog: http://southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com/2012/06/quotes-of-amazing-father-diy-quotes-on.html

You will need:

  • Glue (I use Elmer’s White School Glue)
  • Mod Podge® (Man! I love this stuff!!)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Wooden blocks (optional)
  • Shoe box lid (a clean pizza box would give you another size option)
  • Paint brushes
  • Vinyl letters (check out the mailbox, poster, office supply or craft sections in the store)
  • Magazines
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Wax paper
  1. Tear pieces from magazines and glue them onto the shoe box lid. I was very sloppy – making sure to leave edges not glued down, this adds to the rustic look. Place lid on wooden blocks, it makes it easier to coat with Mod Podge. Coat entire lid with Mod Podge (front and sides), let fully dry. I tried skipping this step (coating with Mod Podge) and when it was time to peel off the vinyl letters, the vinly letters ripped the magazine pieces. You can see the rips in the ‘We’re Finally Home’ piece.
  2. With the help of a ruler, mark a straight line in pencil where you’ll place the vinyl letters. Place the letters anywhere you’d like. I usually place mine along the bottom. Adhere the vinyl letters. Paint the entire piece (including the sides of the lid) with acrylic paint. I found it best to peel the vinyl letters off while the paint was wet. Use an exacto knife to help get the letters off. Allow to fully dry and then coat with a final layer of Mod Podge.

Try it. Use a family phrase or your favorite quote. With my family’s constant running when we get home it feels so nice, that’s where ‘We’re Finally Home’ came from.

You’ve repurposed two items – magazines and shoe box lids, good job. Now what to do with all those empty shoe box bottoms . . .

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