Welcome to this month’s edition of the Dollar Store Design Squad. My contribution is a fun Christmas decoration using a cookie sheet and cake pans from The Dollar Tree! My cookie sheet Christmas Decor was inspired by Maria Provenzano from Home & Family (on Hallmark channel).
Maria’s version is sooo pretty, but I wanted to put my own twist on this project.
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Supplies needed to make Aluminum Pans Christmas Decor
- 1 Cookie Sheet
- 2 Cake Pans
- 2 Strands of Garland
- Red Scrap Book Paper
- Spray Adhesive
- Sand Paper (optional)
- Spray Primer (optional)
- White Spray Paint
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Small Nails
- Sawtooth Hanger
- Glue Gun
- Yard Stake or Post
As in my case, many of the above items I keep on hand. I’m sure you can search your stash to make this project quick and easy.
Spray paint cake pans
I used spray primer to base coat the metal cake pans, then gave them a few light coats of white spray paint. The paint did nick a little, perhaps I should have roughed up the surface with some sandpaper.
Using several light coats is better than a couple of heavy coats of spray paint.
Coat cookie sheet with chalkboard paint
Because chalkboard paint is so flat, I didn’t use a primer on the cookie sheet. I got a great deal on this chalkboard spray paint on Amazon by purchasing a 6 pack of cans. Again I did several light coats of the spray paint.
Use peppermint candy template
I found a great peppermint graphic online, printed it out then traced around it to fit the cake pan.
Cut red pinwheel shapes
After numbering the sections, I cut out the “red” sections and used them as pattern to cut out the red scrapbook paper. I left the “pinwheel” in place to aide in the placement of the cut out red pieces.
This is the dry fit of the red pieces.
Attach pinwheel shapes using adhesive spray
To make sure they fit correctly, I numbered them on the back of the red paper. I took them outside one at a time and sprayed them with an adhesive. It was dark and rainy. I used a piece of rolled painter’s tape to hold the pinwheel section in place on a piece of cardboard.
You could use red spray paint, or red glitter to achieve a festive look.
Decorate cookie sheet chalkboard
After “fuzzing” the transfer on the towel, I spread white chalk paste on the transfer, then carefully pulled it away.
Isn’t it oh so pretty? The Christmas polar bear looks so happy, don’t you think?
Paint wooden stake
I had a wooden sign post/stand that I made for a friends baby shower. It was made out of reclaimed fence boards. The stand got a quick coat of white paint with a cheap chip brush. Did you notice my DIY barn doors in the background?
Drill small holes to hang cake pans
I drilled a small hole in the lip of the cake plan while using a scrap piece of wood to cushion the drill bit.
Attach saw tooth hanger (cookie sheet) with hot glue
A saw tooth hanger was used on the back of the cookie sheet, leaving a couple of nails left over for the sign post.
Gorilla Glue sticks handily secured the saw tooth hanger to the back of the chalkboard cookie sheet.
Use small nails on wooden stake for hanging aluminum pans
I love the custom hammer I made for myself with a laser machine! Secure the nails, preferably on a slant to hold the three aluminum pans in place on the sign post.
I have the cookie sheet chalkboard displayed on my fireplace hearth, but it would make a great welcome sign for your porch. Of course, you could use Maria's idea and use it as a menu board.
I purposely put the cookie sheet chalkboard on a slant. I think it looks better that way.
Now it's time to check out the other awesome and creative ideas from the rest of the Dollar Store Design Squad!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.