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Reclaimed ~ Crafting & Cutting Down on Waste

I’m sure I mentioned this, but if I haven’t or in case you’ve missed it, I belong to St. Albert BMX, which is a local non-profit. My current role is Vice President and I have a genuine passion for making the club better for our members and the community.

Since we are a non-profit and we’ve also been financially impacted by Covid, we try and save money wherever we can. The project that I’m writing about today is about our boxes where we keep the numbers for the plates. The original plan was to cut some new numbers for the upcoming season as we were running low – but look at the before picture of these things! Yuck!! 😝 I’m sure these boxes must have been around since the track opened many, many years ago.

One of the boxes that we keep our plate numbers in.

So, what do you think of the ‘before’ – do you agree these boxes need to have some life again? Rather than throw them out and find something new I knew that they can be reclaimed and used for many more years.

Here’s some of what you will need to reclaim the boxes.

So let’s start with what you are going to need for your project:

A cutting machine. I use a Cricut but there are plenty of great options on the market.
Spray paint. You’ll want some sort of a primer to start, and then whatever colors you think will look great. In my case I love metallics and anything sparkly so I went with metallic.
Vinyl. I use shelf paper from the Dollar Store because it’s cheap and easily accessible.
Painters Tape. Also available at the Dollar Store or any hardware store.
A pick to remove the vinyl after the project is ready.

You’ll want to start by cleaning the boxes and sanding off anything that is sticking up. These ones had duct tape that left residue behind so that had to come off. Some Goo Gone or something like that comes in handy.

Then you will want to prime the boxes – make sure you’re wearing a mask for this and doing it in a well ventilated area! I waited until it was nice enough outside and did it there. (I live in Alberta and we have about 10 months of winter 🤪).

Once primed, go ahead and spray the boxes the color you have chosen. And once the boxes are no longer tacky then you can apply the lettering that you’ve cut on your machine. It would be best to wait overnight or at least a few hours so you don’t mess up your hard work so far – don’t try and rush any painting projects because they will not look good!

Once primed, go ahead and spray the boxes the color you have chosen. And once the boxes are no longer tacky then you can apply the lettering that you’ve cut on your machine. It would be best to wait overnight or at least a few hours so you don’t mess up your hard work so far – don’t try and rush any painting projects because they will not look good!

Some tips for painting: Make sure that you’re doing several light coats rather than going heavy and hoping for the project to be done faster. It actually doesn’t take that long to dry between coats and the results will be much more professional because you won’t have running paint lines. And if you don’t do enough coats, the lettering on the boxes will look uneven.

Now your boxes are ready to go back to their original purpose with so much more flair than before!!

The ‘After’ ~ Looks so much better than the ‘before’!

I would love to hear what you’ve reclaimed lately, or what I’ve inspired you to work on! Please leave your comments or watch this video on YouTube and comment there! I love hearing from all of you!!

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