Updated: Aug 14
What You’ll Need:
Plastic Cookie Dough tubs
Sandpaper or wire brush
Pearl heavy body acrylic paint
Royal blue multi-surface acrylic paint
Bent nose craft tweezers
Flat back decorative pearls or gems
Mod Podge Gloss
Step 1: Prior to starting the activity, you’ll want to wash the cookie dough tubs with dishwashing liquid and warm water to remove any cookie dough remnants or dirt from the surface. Then, let it dry.
Step 2: Use sandpaper or a wire brush to lightly scour the surface in a circular motion. DO NOT SCRATCH. This step adds texture to the surface, helping the paint stick to the plastic better.
Step 3: Clean the container with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or debris from the surface.
Step 4: Apply a coat of primer. Primer smooths out the surface of the container, sealing any deep abrasions on the surface and allows the paint to stick to the plastic better. Then, let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes.
Step 5: Time to paint! Cover your crafts area with newspaper for an easy clean-up later. Using the pearl heavy body acrylic paint, evenly apply your first coat to the body of the tub with light long brushstrokes.
Since the paint is thick you’ll notice some ridges.
Then, using the royal blue multi-surface paint, evenly apply your first coat to the rim of the tub.
*Note: On the first application, the paint will not fully cover the surface. You’ll need to apply 2-3 more coats of paint before the paint shows boldly.*
Step 6: Apply another 2 – 3 coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry for at least 15 – 20 minutes in between applications.
Step 7: Apply a thin line of Goop near the rim and follow the circumference of the tub.
Step 8: Bedazzle! Taking the crafts tweezers, carefully place the flat back pearls and/or gems along the Goop line. Repeat Step 7 and 8 until a majority of the container is covered in pearls, leaving an inch open near the bottom.
Step 9: Final touch. Use Mod Podge gloss to add a top coat and sealer to the blue rim.
Step 10: Plant your favorite spices and herbs. Placing your new flower pots in a well-lit window area.
About the Author:
Carlene Blair is the Founder & CEO of Cancerversity, Carlene was diagnosed with stage 2B Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 22. After being diagnosed with cancer at a pivotal point in her life and having learned of the healthcare disparities for BIPOC through research and her own personal experiences, Carlene created Cancerversity to help young women of color navigate the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis and to remove the stigmas around discussing cancer in the black community. Carlene is now in remission and hopes to continue providing a platform where thrivers and survivors feel comfortable sharing their stories.
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