Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to easy DIYs. Today on the blog, I want to catch up all of my new friends and reminisce with old ones with a DIY I wrote for my hometown newspaper, The Winston County Journal.
Inspired by my mom’s vintage button collection and Christmas cookies, this upcycled DIY project is easy to create using affordable materials.
When it comes to baking, I don’t do it a lot…OK, honestly, I don’t bake. So what’s a girl to do with those cookie sheets that are collecting dust in the cabinet? Upcycle them, of course, into useful memo boards!
What is so fabulous about this fun, kid-friendly, no-fail, anyone-can-do-this DIY is it makes the perfect gift for that friend or relative who lives in the kitchen and loves to bake.
**For gift presentation, simply attach a couple of recipes and pack the memo board in a nice basket with all the ingredients needed to make those delish treats. Voila! You have a great bundled gift that is sure to please. + who knows you might get an invite to sample those goodies.**
Now, call up…who am I kidding…text a friend and round up the kiddos, bake some cookies (or open up a bag of Oreos and place them on a nice platter), put on a pot of coffee, and let’s get to crafting!
*Tools: sandpaper, drill, drill bit, hot glue gun, glue sticks, pliers, tape measure, leather gloves, wire cutters, scissors
*Cookie Sheets (I used new, inexpensive ones. If you want to use an old one, be sure to clean and scrub it throughly; otherwise, the primer/paint won’t stick, and you will just have a really big mess + a really big laugh!)
*Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer
*Krylon Chalkboard Paint
*Spray paint in the color of your liking
*18 gauge steel wire
*Two different size/color ribbons (see above materials photo)
*Paint markers for personalizing
2. Sand the entire cookie sheet, paying close attention to where the holes were drilled. Be careful because the edges of the holes will be sharp and rough. After sanding, wipe clean. Next, prime following the instructions on the Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer can. Allow adequate time to dry before adding that pop of color.
3. There are a ton of color options for this step, but I chose periwinkle because of the modern contrast with the rustic burlap. Once the primer has had adequate time to dry, spray paint the color of your choice being sure to follow the instructions on the can. Remember several thin coats are better than one thick…goopy…runny…coat. For the chalkboard memo board, follow the instructions on the can.
4. While waiting on the paint to dry, eat cookies and dance around to some great tunes. I am personally a huge fan of the 80s.
5. After the cookie sheets are completely dry, it is time to add the wire hanger. Using wire cutters, cut the wire to 16″–give or take. **Safety glasses and thick leather gloves are recommended for this step. It is up to you to play it safe or walk on the dangerous side.**
6. Loop the wire through the holes. Using pliers, secure the wire by bending the wire around itself.
7. Make a bow, and tie it around the wire hanger. Secure the bow in place with a touch of hot glue. **Caution: Hot glue is hot!**
8. Use the paint markers to decorate/personalize. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the kids involved. Handprints would be adorable…Grandma would love it!
9. To make the magnets, hot glue the buttons to the magnets. To make the chalk holder magnet, tie ribbon around the chalk, and secure the other end of the ribbon to the magnet using hot glue.
**Tip: use a wooden ruler to press the buttons + use tweezers to remove excess glue.**
10. Attach recipes with the magnets, bundle, and give to a friend or family member. **p.s. It may be so adorable that you decide to keep it for yourself.**
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about converting cookie sheets into memo boards! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter (@ChasidyHathorn) for home inspiration, gluten-free recipes, easy DIYs, and more.