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Upcycle! How-to…

Here is the ‘how-to’ I tantalised you with yesterday, to make an upcycled magnetic memo board…

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This is what you need:

  • Metal lid from a biscuit or chocolate tin (don’t try and pretend you didn’t get through a few of these over Christmas..!)
  • Material of your choice to cover it with-you could use fabric, or anything paper based-like old magazines, comics, sheet music etc
  • Glue-if you are using magazines etc-I used Mod Podge, because I had some, and I love it, but you could just use good old PVA (water it down ever so slightly), and for the fabric, copydex worked best
  • Glue spreaders/brush
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (optional)

This is what you do for a paper collaged one:

  • it’s not rocket science-I’m sure you really don’t need me to tell you-it is just as case of cutting and sticking in a pleasing arrangement!
  • I found it easiest to apply the glue to the back of the paper, rather than to the tin
  • When you are folding around the edges of the tin, wait a few minutes for the glue to soak in to the paper, and then the paper will be more pliable and will mould round the corners more easily
  • If you are getting lots of air bubbles, then use a finger, or a scraper (you could use an old credit card, or cut one from a tupperware lid) to smooth it all down gently
  • Once you are happy, then you can apply a final layer of glue to seal it all
  • Allow to dry!

This is what you do for a fabric one:

  • Cut a piece of fabric the same shape as your tin lid, but allow enough fabric to fold it round the edges to the back
  • You can then either: just apply copydex to the tin on the back, and stick the fabric down-making sure you smooth it out on the front first, and try and get it nice and smooth around the corners; or tack around the edge of your fabric by hand (don’t secure your thread) and then pull it tight to draw it all in, and tie it. I have to confess to not having tried this method yet, but in theory it should give a neater finish on the back (although no one will see the back as it will be against the wall!)

It was so great to see some of the great designs that people came up with at the workshop!

One of the boys decided to add a fabric pocket to the front of his; someone else covered up the messy bits on the back with a circle of magazine; a couple of people did fabric/magazine medleys:



and this cute little doggy tin lid was given a coat and collar!


This was Evelyn’s tin lid. She is 4-so if she can do it, anyone can!


We also made magnets to go with the memo boards.

These are easy peasy. We had some great mini-magnets from Guy’s magnets (Emma bought them, not me!) and then glue gunned them onto old buttons, scrabble pieces, wooden jigsaw bit and even some bits of lego!

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  • Reply Louise March 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    What a fantastic idea – unfortunately I do have a few biscuit tin lids!

    • Reply Jen March 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Great (or not so, depending on your attitude to lots of biscuits..!)-let me know if you give it a go 🙂

  • Reply Lynn Fancy March 6, 2013 at 12:03 am

    OOOOO Love this going to do some type of Lego/skylander one for Evan’s stuff and a London one for his room! Thanks!!

    • Reply Jen March 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Sounds fab! Send me some pics when you do it 🙂

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  • Reply craftyactivist March 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Oxfam Bath and commented:
    We’re delighted Jen will be joining us at the Tea Party, running a workshop to make an Upycled Memo Board! we’ll have all the resources you’d need on the day, so no need to bring anything. But there are only 10 spots available, so if you want to be sure of a spot, email crafteaparty@whatever.somesuch.net to reserve a place! All it costs is a donation to Oxfam……. read on to get inspired!

    • Reply Jen March 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Can’t wait!

  • Reply hannahblythin March 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Love it! I will be trying this.

    • Reply Jen March 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Yay! I want to see pics 🙂

  • Reply Angel Jem March 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I love this simple but effective idea! I can see my daughter making loads of these for her room!

    • Reply Jen March 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Great! Send me some pics when she does 🙂

  • Reply knittymummy March 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I’m going to do this – I’ve got a gingerbread man shaped tin which would look brilliant

    • Reply Jen March 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Fab! Send me a pic 🙂

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