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Old 02-17-2006, 05:49 AM   #1  
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Default ? about covering metal lunch tins

those super cute metal lunch boxes that people are covering....how exactly do you cover the top? I got one to make for my new stepmother, but wasn't sure how to cover the top of it.

explicit, easy instructions please....I am instructionally challenged!
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:53 AM   #2  
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Emily is it the top with the handle...opens at the top?
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If it is the top open...
I measure the top and cut a piece of cardstock to those measurements....
Then I measure from the edges to the handle part and draw this on the back side of the cardstock (pencil in the lines) when I am done with all four sides I begin cutting the handle section out. I actually cut a tiny bit in from the markings on the top and bottom...then for the ends I cut one in a tiny bit (1/4 inch or so) then on the other side I cut the middle out and leave about an inch or so.....so that when you go to putting it on the top what actually happens is you have to slide it around and the seams will be under the handle and it looks solid.....does that make sense?? I round the corners of the entire top and sometimes there will be a bit of a white outline around the cardstock.

when you cut the second end it will be like a flap so the sides will be cut and the end is still attached (gosh this is hard to explain...) so you can kinda bend the flap part and put it under the handle....
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Do a template in COPY PAPER FIRST!!!!!

I have found that it is all just a matter of a little cutting here and a little cutting there...it is really annoying and frustrating but it is just a matter of getting it the size you want it and then removing just enough to get the handle holes in the right place...
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Is there any way at all to unscrew the handles and remove them?
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I painted mine then sanded it for a distressed look.

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Is there any way at all to unscrew the handles and remove them?
No there isn't but I have been tempted to see if I could just "strong arm" the handle off....but I am scared to break it and waste it! LOL
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Oh and I just tried...yeah I am not thinking this handle is coming off...


Julie have you ever done one?
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Nope. I'm a trend moron. I'm always *the* LAST one to try whatever the hot thing is . . . It'll prolly be another 6 mos. before I'll attempt it, if ever. I'm weird that way. I WANT to make one; I just don't get AROUND to doing it. I buy all the stuff, of course . . . My Z Becky Brown? STILL waiting for me to give it some attention. . .
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Jenny, those are adorable. When I have some time I'm going to do some serious browsing in your gallery! Great work there!
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love the painted look! em.. i have paints if you want them
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Is there any way at all to unscrew the handles and remove them?
nah, they look like screws, but are actually like bolts. Flat on top and inside of tin. There's no way to take them off. (This is a tin from Michaels)
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oh I like the painted top! That would be way easier! I am all for that kim....I'll get paints from you this weekend and see what wil match the papers I have. Also, I need your mod podge.....
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oh I like the painted top! That would be way easier! I am all for that kim....I'll get paints from you this weekend and see what wil match the papers I have. Also, I need your mod podge.....
Hey Emily, don't forget the great tip from Stampin' Success a coupla months ago. They suggested using your reinkers to die the paint to match your paper. I haven't tried it but it sounds like a good idea.

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