You just don't.
You get a little scared. A little intimidated. Then you dig through your brain to come up with a project worthy of the gorgeous fabric that landed on your doorstep.
I hope that this little project quailfies. It sure makes me happy, but most importantly, it makes my girlies happy.
We are on the go a lot.
A lot a lot a lot.
The girls color a lot.
A lot a lot a lot.
We have been using cookie sheets as little lap desks in the car forever. Useful? Yes. Cute? Not so much. Plus the pens and crayons fly off and fall under the seats. All the time. If I have to mediate another THE PINK MARKER FELL BETWEEN THE SEATS MOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!! meltdown, I just might have a meltdown of my own.
Change car art forever.
Here is what you will need my friends:
Spray primer (not pictured but MANDATORY.)
I didn't. Dumb mistake. Usually I have great luck with just a coat of spray paint, but the nonstick nature of the cookie sheet had other plans. If you are a little OCD and like your projects to be durable do NOT SKIP THIS STEP. I on the other hand am impatient and ADD and am just chocking the chippy paint to the shabby chic vibe.
After the primer is dry, paint the edges and bottom of the cookie sheet with your happy color spray paint.
I am a huge fan of Rustoleum Ultra Cover. It is by far the best spray paint out there.
Trust me. I've tried them all.
It will be the saver of your sanity and the keeper of the pens, crayons and pencils.
If your little one is more of a crayon user, look for a shorter wider can, as opposed to a soup sized can. Perhaps a nut can, which have the added benefit of an attached lid.
Remove the label. Measure the can and cut a piece of fabric accordingly.
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the can and smooth the fabric around it.
When dry, brush another smooth layer on top of the fabric.
Set aside to dry.
I decided to make the can magnetic, instead of gluing it permanently down, so multiple sheets could stack together compactly.
Take four magnets and glue each one to the bottom of the can.
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the cookie sheet. Smooth fabric over it.
When dry brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric, as well as over the painted areas of the cookie sheet. It will dry clear and be an extra layer of protection from coloring accidents and crazy children.
They are really, really easy. Pinky swear.
This happy set would make a very special and affordable gift for the young ones in your life.
Plus I have a feeling that their parents would love your forever for it.
Road trips have never been easier, when my girls are armed with a fresh composition book and new markers.
They have even been utilized on hurried morning drives school to finish up last minute homework assignments. I mean, other people do that....
Thank you so much Ashley and Lisa for asking me to participate. It was so much fun!
Visit Lil Blue Boo to see the other amazing projects and for a chance to win two yards of this gorgeous fabric!
What would you make?