My sister recently found a really cool tea and spice shop in our local downtown called PA Dutch Tea & Spice Company. I was so excited about all the impending loose tea I was going to buy, that I had to find some place to store it all! I had just finished the tea in this box, so it was the perfect solution! Yes, it was a tea box to begin with, but a very specific tea box and I was looking for something a little more general. On a side note…my mom made my tea basket (in the picture) before I was even born. Isn’t it fantabulous???
We finally visited the tea shop today (I painted the box about a week ago in anticipation!) and I loved it! One whole wall of any spice you can possibly imagine and another whole wall of loose teas! Flavors I’ve never heard of like Rootbeer Chai and Chocolate Rooibos. I opted for Rose Rooibos and Mango Green Tea….heavenly! They smelled so yummy, I’m surprised we didn’t buy them all!
- Canister (mine is metal, but plastic could be used)
- Paint (I used dark blue, light blue, and white)
- Paint brushes
- Knife to make stamps
- Mod Podge
- Stencil for lettering (optional)
- Make sure you start with a clean canister. This is what mine used to look like! Not bad, but like I said, not the tea I planned on storing in there!
- Coat the entire outside with a few layers of your base paint. I think it took three coats for mine to cover completely.
- You can make the stamps while you wait for the can to dry! Use a knife to carefully carve shapes into the top of a cork. I chose a straight line and a petal sort of shape. I like the cork because it adds some texture to the print, but you can certainly use a rubber stamp!
- Once the canister is dry, use your stamps to create a pattern.
- Next is the lettering. I free handed, but you can use a stencil or stamp or whatever else you prefer.
- Touch-ups may be necessary at this point. You should do these before sealing your project in the next step.
- Time to coat with Mod Podge! Make sure your canister is completely dry and then get to coating! I chose two layers for durability.
- Add the tea! Voila!
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