I was given the great opportunity to do a little shopping at a new online craft supply store called Consumer Crafts. I found that they have a wide variety or really great products & the cheapskate in me just loved their awesome prices! Shipping was also very quick. I received my order in about a week. I purchased the following supplies for this project from their website:
Galvanized metal pails - 2 3/4 inch
Wood rectangle cutouts - 3 inch
Dry floral foam
Preserved sheet moss
In addition to the items above, I used the following supplies that I already had on hand:
Okay, here is how it's done...
Cut off a chunk of the dry floral foam & press it into the bottom of your pail. You want it to fit snug. I held the foam up to my bucket & then eyeballed it. Just cut the foam off with a sharp kitchen knife.
Next tear off a little bit of moss & attach it to the top of the foam with hot glue. This moss is so fun! I love, love, love it!!
Now it's time to paint both your dowel & your rectangle piece. I chose a nice turquoise color. I also cut a few inches off my dowel with scissors before painting, just cause it didn't need to be as long as it was or it would look weird in the end.
At this point, I hot glued my dowel to the back of my sign. You could do this now, or wait until after you paint the chalkboard.
Apply painters tape around the edges of the sign to create the little turquoise border. Then paint with chalkboard paint. Paint one coat with brush strokes going in one direction. Allow that to dry & then paint another coat with the brushstrokes going in the opposite direction.
Once dry, remove the painters tape. Insert your dowel into the moss & floral foam in the center of the bucket. And you're done! You can remove the sign to write on it & then place it right back into the pail.
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