I was inspired by this serving tray and for weeks I thought, "I know there is a way I could make that!" So as I was out at garage sales, or in a hardware store, or a thrift shop, I just kept the image of this tray rolling around in my brain.
Once I let go of the galvanized metal look it came to me quickly, cookie tins! I even had two of the three I would need at home! Another round at the thrift and I came home with a couple of wooden candle sticks. I had some thick dowel and the round ball thing already in my wood stash.
Man! I wish I had some fun Christmas goodies to put in it for the photo!
Use your imagination and picture these cookies in the bottom layer. Candies in the middle and nuts on top.
Here's How I did it:
First I glued the lids to the bottoms of the tins. Not only did this give the bottoms extra strength, but it also makes the tin look deeper.
Then I weighed everything down and waited for the glue to dry.
Next, I primed and painted each part. I could have painted it with the hammered metal spray paint and it would be more authentic to the PB version, however, I am going to give this as a Christmas housewarming present and I think the soft white is more Christmassy. Of course, if you found tins in a print that you liked, you wouldn't have to paint them at all. I didn't paint the insides because I want to use them for food.
At one point, I had to get tough with my Gorilla Glue!
More gluing and a different set of weights.
I used rocks to weigh down the top tin. I really think they are pretty in there!
I am super excited with the results! Not only was it cheap! It would be easy to duplicate again in the future. I plan to fill it with nuts, candy and homemade cookies. Cliff thinks it would look good with some greens as a planter. I was also thinking bath soaps, trial sized shampoos and rolled up washcloths would be kind of spa like.
PB Version- $64
My Version $10
Tins: I had two and bought one for $0.99.
Candlesticks -$0.99 each
Thick dowel & wood ball- had in stash
Spray Primer- $3 (tons left over)
Spray Paint- Rustoleum "Shell" left over from another project -free!
Gorilla Glue (Regular- I guess)- $4 (tons left over)