Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Saving for a Rainy Day!

Hi everyone! I'm Bekah from Reflections...on Living Creatively. I live in Ohio in the US with my husband and two lively daughters. When I'm not working as a parent coach to families with disabled children, I can be found playing with my kids, reading, or crafting!

I'm very excited to share my bank tutorial with you here at Mummy Crafts.

 I made a bank for my daughter using a baby formula can. I have attempted to show you step by step how I created it. While this was an easy project, there is drying time between each step, so this is not super-quick.

Step 1: Choose your container and remove the label.

Step 2: Apply a thick coat of gesso. Let dry. This covers up any seams in the can and allows the surface to accept paint.

Step 3: Paint with acrylic paint of your choice. I thinned out light blue paint with just a little water.

Step 4: While the paint is still wet, remove small areas with a baby wipe to simulate clouds. Let dry.

Step 5: Select a darker shade of paint and water it down significantly. Then flick and splatter the paint randomly on your can. I created the large "drops" by loading up my paintbrush and squeezing it against the can, then letting the paint run down. Let dry.

Step 6: Print desired images on watercolor paper and paint. Cut out and adhere to can. Here I used Puddle Fun from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.

Step 7: Adhere letter stickers.

Step 8: Fasten a label holder to the lid and cut out the center.

Step 9: Finish with a couple of coats of acrylic sealer.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Please stop by and see what I have to offer... scrapbooking, book reviews, recipes, and photos!


  1. Oh, how cute is this? I love it!

  2. This is an awesome tutorial!!!! And what a great way to recycle. I love it (and have a whole cupboard full of tins and cannisters just waiting to be recycled)


  3. This is darling, Bekah! LOVE the idea of using a metal label holder for the coin slot! Awesome idea and tutorial!

  4. Such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

  5. I think that is a brilliant idea. I always wanted to make something with my daughter's formula cans.


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