What do you do with a 3.25 pound tub of peanut butter pretzels?
Well if you’re like me, you’ll eat the pretzels at an embarrassingly quick pace, and then you’ll turn the empty tub into a flower vase.
I painted the tub a beautiful shade of grey that I got from a local art store for FREE! The store was having a promotion where you spin a wheel to win a prize. I won the tube of acrylic paint, and Joey won a sketchbook.
After a few coats of paint, I wrapped some thin rope around the neck of the tub.
Then I bought a beautiful bunch of dried flowers from Pike Place Market and put them in my new vase.
It looks great, and if I hadn’t told you, I doubt you would have known this vase’s humble origins.
I’m excited to share a really cool project that Joey recently completed. He carved a rubber stamp to make a vintage key print, which is something I would have never thought to do, but it turned out fantastic!
First Joey designed and sketched a unique key. He scanned it into the computer and made a few tweaks. Then he printed it on our inkjet printer. He penciled over the key, then placed it face down on a Speedball Carving Block and pressed a hot iron on it for a few seconds. This transferred the graphite, which made an outline of the key on the rubber stamp.
Joey then used a linoleum cutter kit to carve out the key shape. He used all of the different sized cutting tools that were included in the kit.
After the stamp was completed, I helped him stamp a stack of index cards. Joey’s vision was to hang the cards in a line to create a repeating pattern. We found some miniature clothespins at Daiso, a Japanese discount store, which were the perfect size to hang the cards. We then hung the cards from string attached to a pegboard that found at last year’s Zero Landfill event.
If you are interested in making your own key stamp, you can download the pdf template here.