I decided I needed a recycling bin in my office since I’ve run out of the nice brown paper bags that I used for a recycling bin. I saved a nice sturdy box that wasn’t too big but would accommodate letter size paper, all the junk mail and craft trimmings that accumulate every day.
Isn’t that surface wipe box a beauty? Good old Kirkland. Here’s how I transformed that bright box into a faux galvanized metal recycling bin.
- Cut off the box cover flaps. Use duct tape to bind the top edge of the box. On the outside of the box, the duct tape will also look like a metal seam once it’s covered in tin foil so you only want the tape to cover about a half inch on the outside.
- Place a piece of tin foil over each side of the box, pressing it down to mark the edges. I used heavy duty tin foil and used the dull side out (shiny side glued down).
- Cut the pieces of tin foil one half inch larger than the side of the box.
- Use Mod Podge to stick the tin foil to the box. Gently smooth out the tin foil with a credit card our brayer.
- Let the tin foil wrap around the corner of the box to look like binding.
- I decided I didn’t like the cut out handles that originally came on the box and cover them with a faux metal plate. To make the plate crinkle the tin foil and then smooth out. Wrap it around a piece of cardboard and adhere to the box.
- Add brads or other embellishments. I used small cork circles to mimic bolts.
- Once the box is completely covered, paint the tin foil dabbing on different colors and quickly blotting it with a paper towel or sponge.
I created a little label out of an existing scrapbook tag and covered the butterfly with a piece of black paper. I practiced using my new white paint pen on a piece of scrap paper before writing on my little cut out tag.
And here it is all glued together. Another neat technique is to glue texture onto the box before you adhere the tin foil. A piece of lace or textured paper will give the tin foil an embossed look. Use a brayer or rolling pin to gently press the tin foil over the texture as you adhere it.
Depending on the light, the faux metal sometimes looks lighter and more matte.
But when the light hits it, the tin foil shines through.
I covered the inside of the box in scrap corrugated cardboard. Then I paid some bills and opened mail and it’s already filling up with recycling.
I’m sad I won’t have a steady stream of brown paper grocery bags to use for crafting. But it’s better to save the trees. And now I have a handy bin to throw recycling paper in to.
Thanks for visiting my little corner of the creative world.