Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

So today I've been reminiscing about past Halloweens of my childhood and found an old picture of my brother and I. I think I was about two years old....

I was Tinkerbell and my brother if you can't tell was a spider. Haha.

So I didn't have any grand plans for Halloween. I went to my bff's house and we watched Rose Red and ate pizza and brownies. Just like we used to do in college (:

I did however complete another DIY off of my list this week. Found this idea on Pinterest of course from another blog Onedaywhenihavetime, where they took a little tin and turned it into a jewelry box. It has some basic directions, but I just loosely based mine off of their idea using an Altoid tin instead. I thought this would be a great thing to make to use for when I travel. So here's the tutorial, hope you enjoy:

So I started out with a regular old Altoid tin...

 I decided I wanted to strip the paint off of it which ended up being harder than it sounds. You could totally save yourself a lot of time and just leave the paint on because later you will cover most of it up anyway, but of course I had to be stubborn and it took a lot longer than I expected. Anyway if you do decide to strip the paint off I recommend good old Citristrip Stripping Gel. It's safe to use indoors, but just be careful of getting it on your skin. If you do wash it off because it could burn your skin. And as always use your common sense and take any other necessary precautions (:
 I found scratching some of the paint off first with a penny helped get the bulk of the paint off and helped the Citristrip work faster.
I started with the Citristrip by just sort of globbing it on with a paint brush and letting it sit for a little while....
and then rubbed the paint off with my paintbrush.

 and this is the result!
Then I just took different scrapbook paper and glued it to the metal with rubber cement...

for the back hinges I just cut out little notches of my paper to make it fit.
Then I covered the bottom and inside by just tracing around the tin onto the paper and did a little bit of cutting to fit it to size.

For the inside I took some flimsy paper cardboard that I had and just cut it to fit how I wanted inside my tin....

then I traced it onto the paper that I wanted and glued and covered it with my paper...

and then I took the rubber cement and dabbed a little of it on the bottom my spacer so it wouldn't move around.

And here's the finished product! I took some little charms that I had and hot glued them onto the tin for some extra detail. I'm super excited about how it turned out and can't wait to use it!

Have a wonderful Halloween!
-Jaimee (: