Friday, June 8, 2012

Teachable Crafting Moments

I didn't intend to write this post; it's so easy peasy that it hardly seemed yakkable. Stick with me to the end, though, and you'll see why I did.   

You see, I'm working on some sand pail projects that I mentioned in the Sand Pail List post, and  I get my cheap sand pails at The Dollar Tree. The colors aren't really pretty there; they have every wacky color combination known to man.  At first, I started digging through the piles to find some colors I could work with. 

Then, I remembered that said digging is not necessary.  The original colors are irrelevant. 

I'm going to cover them, inside and out 
with Krylon Fusion spray paint anyway. 

Just in case you're not familiar with it, Fusion  is the spray paint that allows you to paint over plastic without it peeling off.  It bonds to it. 

Around here, 
white Fusion on the craft shelf
 is like white sugar in the pantry.  

Obviously, I do a lot of cheap plastic crafting. 

Fusion comes in colors too, but most of the time I just spray with the white
 and then paint over it with any color or any type of paint that I want.

That's because once it's bonded, it's paintable. 

And once it's painted, it immediately begins to look
 less cheap and plasticky, 
don't you think? 


I painted the inside of this one with craft paint.  

I gave the outside another coat of white (satin)  paint.
That's because I like a flat or satin base for decoupage.

Admit it. 
That's kinda cute.

I got that tissue paper at The Dollar Tree
The shovel and handle were painted with some
 Fusion raspberry
that I had lying around.   

I painted and played around with other shovel and handle colors 
since you can mix and match. 

As I was dinking away at my sand pail project, I started thinking. 
I'm always thinking...

Here's the actual reason for this post: 

Wouldn't sand pail transformation be a great 
teachable craft for children? 
 Think about it. 

 The steps are exactly the same as the ones in a transformation of another sort,
the transformation of the Spirit.  

In the beginning, we're nothing but an empty vessel...
a Dollar Tree sand pail if you will. 

Then God gets his hands on us. 

He doesn't choose us because of what we are.
He chooses us because of what He intends for us to be.

But first
He covers us with that cloak of righteousness
inside and out.

It's the bonding agent, don'tcha know.

Only then 
does He begin the process of redecorating our lives according to His plan
 and for His useful purpose.

 There are lots of creative purposes for sand pails.

What each one turns out to be
is all up to the Creator. 

Even though I'm so late that I'll be on the boney backside of The Picket Fence, 
I'm sharing at Inspiration Friday


Gaby said...

Those are adorable, Debbie. I'm so non-crafty that your easy-peasy project seems incredible to me. And the analogy...well, inspired!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

These are just wonderful...and I just published my post, which ties back to your sand pail post, and this one seems to go hand in hand with my post also...we are on the same track for summer.

I will have to do this with Benjamin. Fun, fun, fun...and girl you are so creative....yes, transformation!!

Gina said...

That is just too cute! I would have never thought you could transform a plastic pail into something so pretty.

Diane said...

Amazing! I am learning so much from all of my blogger friends! This is a great project - I used to craft, when I was younger. I think that I need to return to it! Thanks for sharing.

no spring chicken said...

Just perfect. I'm seeing many an unhappy shopper at the Dollar Tree after all of the Sunday School teachers see this post!

Blessings, Debbie

Debbie said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea...I love it. It does look pretty easy (has to be for me!) and the grands would just have a ball with it. And your analogy for the whole thing is downright inspired. Enjoy your week-end! HUGS

Miss Merry said...

Love it! I have been out of the crafting loop for a while and had not heard of Fusion paint. Plastic - look out!!!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

♥ Fusion Paint :) Debbie - your sandpail project is simply wonderful. I can think of lots of uses for some little pretty pails :)


Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

♥ Fusion Paint :) Debbie - your sandpail project is simply wonderful. I can think of lots of uses for some little pretty pails :)


Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is fun to see your creations...Yes He is the Creator

Kelli said...

Yes, our Creator never ceases to amaze us with wonder! Love this :)

Denise said...

Your sand pail transformation is wonderful. So is your teachable moment. Only you would make that connection while crafting. I suppose God was using two of your gifts at the same time today. Lucky us.

Sonja said...

Brilliant! REALLY!!! What a great illustration. I so love it when God 'plants' an idea... this is one for the books! You know... the one you are going to write. :)

I'm definitely passing this one on to my kids...

Barbara F. said...

These are so cute and colorful. I'd buy one! :) xo

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are so gifted. What a great idea! Being a grandma, I am so happy with this idea.

Also, I appreciate the OxiClean blog and the deck miracle. Word of mouth is the best advertisement, and it worked for me. I am going to use this product.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

The boney backside! LOL. Just caps off a very fun and funny post. And that cheapo pail looks like a million bucks!



(And thank you for your very kind comments at Debbie-Doos!)

Denise Oldham said...

Way cute.

Canadagirl said...

I think this has become one of my MOST FAVORITE of your posts! You know why??? Because that is what happened to me and my latest posts describes why. Thank you for taking my level of learning to a even deeper level. (((HUGS))) I am glad you didn't hold back on sharing this post. [o=

Blessings and ((HUGS))

Sooner Laura said...

Love the pail and the lesson idea.

Jennie said...

I love these! If I didn't have 14 4-year olds on average every Sunday morning for just one hour, we'd so be doing it. I'm not sure Sam and I are that brave...or ambitious. But it IS perfect! (Maybe at home with my own we're talking!) So glad you shared, and love double-dipping on your talents. Hope you have a very blessed weekend!

Sharlotte said...

Cute, cute project and a wonderful lesson! Great ideas!
Enjoy your weekend!

Vee said...

Yes. Perfect. In more ways than one.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Smiling here... How I love that God is in the transformation business!

BTW, why have I never heard of Fusion paint?! I am SO going to find some cheap plastic to play with!

At The Picket Fence said...

I love this so much Debbie! I'm totally going to do this with my kiddos and use it as a teachable moment for sure. Thanks, you crafty gal you! :-)

Mona said...

Hey Debbie,

a friend recommended I come and visit you..Diane at Confessions.....
she said I would like your blog and she is right...enjoyed the story about the sand I am your newest follower...


Christine said...

I've been tempted to try Fusion. With your recommendation, I will definitely try in now. By the way, very cute idea for the sand pails.

Chatty Crone said...

Love the way you brought us a little lesson too. It was pretty. How how in the world did you make those flowers? So pretty. sandie

Sharon said...

What a cute little pail you crafted!

And what a wonderful lesson. I am so glad that God is able to see the POTENTIAL in me, and that He doesn't give up on the transformation process easily. This ol' sandy pail needs a lot of work.

Loved this one, Debbie - truly.

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

This is very creative and fun project for kids to do! I love how it turned out.

kitty said...

Debbie, what a beautiful transformation of your plain pail! I loved your teachable moment with analogy to our own unique spirit.... wonderful!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Great project... for big kids as well. LOL! Seems like it was the perfect one for this precious child of God. ;) blessings ~ tanna
ps and it is some kind of CUTE on top of all that!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Those buckets are adorable! I hadn't heard of Krylon Fusion but I'm going to rush right out and get some! Love the way you finished them with the tissue -- and the way you tied it all together Biblically.

Erika said...

The bucket is great and I could not agree more with those wonderful words!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is really cute! I love the spiritual application tied into this craft!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!!!! You did an absolutely fantabulous job on the pails. How on earth do you find the patience and skill to do something like this?!??!?! I know you said it's teachable to children, but then children are much better able to figure out electronic gadgetry and video games than I am, too!!! :-) Great job!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oops! I accidentally pushed the Anonymous button on my comment above. I'm a ditz! Sorry 'bout that, Debbie!

Lynn Richards said...

Girl, that sand pail would be a BIG hit at our beaches. I like everything about them, but mostly the God reference...there are days lately that I feel I'm being decoupaged.
I like your sand pail list as well. Can I come and pick peaches?

Knitty said...

Doggone it....I read this post this morning but was in a hurry and didn't comment. I was out this afternoon and knew there was something I wanted to look for at the store...this Fusion paint!

You did a great job!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You just have a crafty mind and I'm sure God really likes how you are able to relate all things to Him. Thanks for your goodness and your buckets are beautiful, much like the lucky SS children you serve.

Mary said...

Debbie~ Your pail is adorable, I'm glad to know about Krylon Fusion! What a perfect illustration and teachable moment :)

Sue said...

Girl, You just over flow with talent, and I learned something new about infusion spry paint, thanks for sharing, I will now be stocking my shelves too. But the analogy just tops everything off, and yes what a great craft and lesson for Sunday school, and VBS. I always leave so challenged.
I will sneak this in if it's okay. Loved the Word you shared on Sunday's post!!. Awesome!!.
The post about storage was very helpful to me, thanks!!

Amy Kinser said...

I love how you tell stories and how you make things plain and simple for all to understand.

The sand pails are great!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

First, I think the sand pails are soooo cute, and worth sharing. Even without the excellent analogy. Your brain is always working, and I enjoy receiving the benefits of your working brain. laurie

FrouFrouBritches said...

Now see, I thought I was just seeing an adorable decopauge pail and there you go teaching me something. You are so good like that!!! Great lesson and super cute project too!


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