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Sunday, November 14, 2010

alphabet case

Do you remember this case that I picked up a while ago at a garage sale?

 Instead of going garage-saling this weekend, I pottered, decluttered, made lists of jobs, fed the hungry workers and finished this little metal case. 

I love how it turned out!

 Here's the how to:
First I lightly sanded it and then sprayed the inside with black chalkboard paint.

After several coats I painted the front lid with some chalkboard paint.

I covered the handle with bubble wrap, just because I had some laying around and I put some blu-tack on the other bits because they were sort of awkward shapes

before spraying the rest of the case white.

I played around with some combinations of letters but ended up settling on a very simple abc

Oops started painted before I took the photo, these are just some chipboard letters from my stash- they are now white!

I just went around them with a black marker to give more definition
and here's what's inside:

some magnetic letters and chalk

Just right for my learner readers to practice sounding out and writing.

I can't wait until they get to "play" with it!

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  1. What an adorable idea! I love this. The chalkboard paint is genius! My daughter would love this.

  2. Wow! Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. That's terrific! I think there would be a big market for this delightful idea. Looks wonderful, inspiring.

  4. thanks Carol, I did think it would be a great thing to sell at the markets but I would need to get my hands on lots of metal cases!

  5. What a fun project. I'll bet the kids love it!

  6. Way to cute!

    Take care,

  7. This is so cute! What a fun travel game as well! I love how you sprayed the letters on, genius. Thanks for sharing!

  8. THAT is a fabulous idea. I have a 4 year old who is busy trying to learn to write his letters and this would be perfect for him! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That's such a cute reuse, Deanne. I especially like the chalkboard paint on the inside. I mean, what kid doesn't like drawing on things. Just perfect!

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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