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Paint can stools

Upcycle empty paint cans into dual purpose stools that can also be used as recycling bins.



Paint cans, 20-litre, cleaned and washed

SupaWood and plywood offcuts

Jigsaw and clean-cut blade

Primer and paint to decorate

Craft paint for the wording

Paintbrush, artist's and medium

Tracing or carbon paper

120-grit sandpaper

Tape measure and pencil

Find all the tools and supplies for this project at your nearest Builders store.



1. Use one of the bins as a template to draw and then cut out plywood and supawood circles. Use the top of the can for the plywood circles and the bottom of the can for the supawood circles.

2. Cut out all the circle shapes with a jigsaw and lightly sand the edges.

GOOD TO KNOW: Purchase a Bosch PST 650 jigsaw for around R740 at your local Builders, or from tools4wood, and have the freedom of being able to cut a variety of projects including, circles, curves and corners. If you need training on using a jigsaw, sign up for a workshop.

3. Glue the [smaller] supawood circle onto the plywood circle.

4. Clamp all the circles together and leave overnight.

5. Apply a quality primer on  all the paint cans, leave to dry before applying paint in your choice of colour. Apply two coats of paint, allowing drying time between each coat.

6. Place your word stencil on each can and transfer the wording.

GOOD TO KNOW: To transfer your wording onto the paint cans you can use carbon paper, or tracing paper - rub the back with an HB pencil.

7. Use an artist's paintbrush and craft paint to fill in the wording.

Pop the seats on top of the cans and your new recycling stools are ready for use!


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