Good morning, gorgeous girls! Today I've got a treat for you. My dear blog friend, Lisha has put together a great DIY tutorial as a guest post for my humble blog. Isn't she awesome? Check it out!
Hey everyone, I'm Lisha from 1house1couple. Meagan has been kind enough to invite me over to do a guest post here at Local at Last.
My friends and I sometimes get together have a little potluck party and craft night. Recently, the theme was Paint Chips. So you had to go to Home Depot or Lowes, or any store that has an assortment of paint chips and grab some colors that you like. Make sure you get enough for your entire project. You don't want to have to go back to get more when you're almost done with your project.
I was racking my brain for something creative to do (because I like to try to be different and not copy people, I'm all prideful like that). Then a few days before our paint chips craft night, I looked up on the shelf in our kitchen and saw this canister that used to hold those yummy wafer straw-type cookies with chocolate in the middle.
I saved the canister because I thought I could use it for something else someday. I didn't realize it would turn into a craft.
So I decided to use it, but I wasn't completely sure what I was going to do with it.
I went to Home Depot with one of my gal pals and we got the colors we wanted for our projects. I chose soft beachy colors and neutrals because that tends to be the style I go for. So I picked up gray-blues, gray-greens, and gray-browns, and lighter versions of each as well (as paint chips tend to come).
When we started our crafts, I simply cut the paint chips into rectangles.
It took me about two hours. By the time I was done, it was time to go home. So I had to finish the rest of my project at home.
I used a hot glue gun and, starting at the bottom, I simply glued them around the cylinder one row on top of the other:
As you can see, the rectangles were not all cut perfectly. That's okay because one side is always covered up. Once I got to the top row, I picked from the remaining paint chips I would need that were all the same width, that way the top row would line up at the top where the lid sits.
For the lid, I decided to just to a spiral type thing out of the paint chips. First I cut the corners off so that it could make a shape close enough to a circle without having to do so much precise round cuts!
Then I simply glued them on in a spiral fashion:
And then it was done:
I decided to put it over on my desk. It matched the other things on my desk pretty well.
As you can see, I tend to drift toward natural elements with an eclectic assortment of objects for my decor.
And an up close shot:
I am probably going to put some pens/markers in there, or you could even fit a pair of short scissors in there. For now I just like looking at it :)
What do you think?
I would like to thank Meagan for allowing me to feature here at Local at Last! You all can come and visit us any time at 1house1couple!