Valentine Magnetic Message Board – Upcycle DIY

6 Materials
6 Hours

I love crafting with trash and one of my favorite trashy items to make thing from is the rusted lids from empty tin cans. You know vegetables, fruit, tomato paste etc. I just collect them in a small container under my kitchen sink until I am ready to use them. They don't take up much space and once they are cut, rusted and painted they have a very pretty finish.

The first step is to rust the tin. You can find out how I do that here.

Once you have rusted and cleaned the lids they are ready to be cut.

I used a paper template and some tin snips to cut out the shapes I wanted.

To add some a pink tint for Valentines day I used some different pink, red and white paints and a paper towel to dab on the color.

I used a stencil and a white gel pen to add my message and then sealed each piece with Mod Podge.

The last step is to add a magnet to the back. I made a couple of different displays and the magnets make it very easy to move the pieces around.

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Happy Upcycling,


Suggested materials:
  • Tin Can Lids   (Grocery Store)
  • Pink Red and White Craft Paint   (Craft Store)
  • Tin Snips   (Hardware Store)
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Cindy @ Upcycle Design Lab
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