It’s official- Fall Festival Season has begun and I couldn’t be happier! Just about every weekend in September and October boasts at least one festival or fair to check out- whether it’s arts & crafts…food…or antiques and vintage. And guess what? I love it all!
I received a special invite a few weeks ago…a chance to visit The Farm at Rabon Creek, meet some of the furry/feathered critters that live there, and talk about the upcoming festivities. There were baby lamb twins born just the day before…
A tuxedo cat on the window sill at the Groom’s Cabin (how’s that for perfect placement?)…
And several barns filled with all kinds of project inspiration (aka, vintage bits)!
That’s when Lisa (the mastermind behind the Farm Fresh Fair) asked me if I’d be up for an upcycling challenge…in the form of three rusty metal lunchboxes.
Let me tell you- each lunchbox had seen better days. They were all but rusted shut, and had gotten a decent beating in their previous life. But who am I to step away from a crafting challenge?
Right away, I decided to give these a Halloween-styled makeover. I figured they could be upcycled into fun, hip trick-or-treat boxes…a funky departure from the standard-issue plastic pumpkin. Challenge accepted! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Vintage Lunchbox Makeovers
First, I gave each lunchbox a good scrubbing with a metal brush- I needed to remove the flaking paint and some of the rust. Then, I wiped them down with a damp paper towel- and released some of the spiders that had clearly been squatting in and on the lunchboxes for who knows how long!
After the dirty work was done (thank goodness!), I gave each one a nice spray down with paint primer.
Once the primer dried, I used a satin black spray paint- inside and outside. Now I had a smooth, clean, rust-free canvas to play with!
And then it was time to decorate! Now, please, PLEASE pardon my pitiful painting skills… but on this one, I added some spiderwebs, and then sprayed it with clear enamel to protect the paint.
Seriously, it’s like that “Spiders on Drugs” video! Ok, let’s move on to the next lunchbox.
How about a ghost?? White background and silver glitter spray paint to the rescue…
And last, but not least, a jack-o-lantern lunchbox…of course!
Peel-and-stick black felt (leftover from my light cover ghosts) worked perfectly on the ghost and jack-o-lantern lunchboxes! I simply cut out the pieces and stuck them on (after I had painted each lunchbox with some clear enamel).
The Big Reveal
And there you have it- my Craft Challenge ghoulish trio! I think these are pretty cool for trick-or-treating, what do you think?
They seriously needed to be saved and repurposed…and I’m fairly certain that they’ll hold Reese’s peanut butter cups, Bit-o-Honeys, and Starbursts just fine.
So, if you’re anywhere near Greenville, South Carolina this weekend, I hope you’ll come by the Farm Fresh Fair. See you at the Farm!