Easy folk art pen holder

I have been making good use of using these colourful Polish folk art napkins in my upcycling projects - as I still have lots left over from my staircase project I decided to ty something else.

I bought three packs of napkins from Folkstar a couple of months ago and I get a lot of interest when I post pictures with them in. I have used the Lowisz and Rooster designs these work out at about £1.40 per pack. Folkstar are based in Poland but ship to the UK and their prices are so cheap that it is worth doing a bulk order to justify the postage.

We had just used up a big tin can of baked beans and I had decided that I would keep it to use for something.

The napkins fold out so you end up with 4 sections - so technically, I used half a napkin to cover the tin. I cleaned the tin thoroughly and dried it. I then mixed some PVA glue with water - to make a milky sort of consistency.

Next I used a paint brush and covered the outside of the tin with the PVA/water mix. Then carefully, using a dry paint brush - brush the napkins onto the tin - they will be very fragile so a gentle touch is necessary.

Mine would benefit from a coat of clear varnish just to protect it. I have used mine as a pen holder but it would also make a lovely plant pot.

There is really so much you can do with things that would normally be thrown into the recycling bin!

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