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It’s the weekend after Valentine’s Day and the chocolates that your Mom gave you (or significant other...whatever) have been gone for days. Instead of throwing the candy box in the trash, why not work your magic and do a little upcycling?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 empty candy-box
  • 1 paintbrush
  • Paint primer (optional)
  • Chalkboard paint

And here's how you do it: 

  1. Dust out any chocolate crumbs (or eat any chocolates that you missed).
  2. Paint the lid of the box with one coat of primer and let it dry for 12-24 hours. (This step is optional. If you’re fresh out of primer you’ll just need a few more coats of chalkboard paint.) 
  3. Once the primer is completely dry, paint the lid with an even coat of chalkboard paint. Consult the directions on the can for how many coats you’ll need and how long the box will need to “cure” before you write on it. (It usually takes about 24 hours)
  4. Bask in your own resourcefulness and the knowledge of a job well done (This can be done during the “curing” process). 

Voila! What was an empty box is now the heart-shaped chalkboard you've always wanted. Add magnets to the bottom and put it on your fridge or use thumb tacks to pin it to your wall. Buy some chalk (or use those little pastel candy hearts with the sayings on them) and get writing! 

 I saw this idea and the picture over at RevolutionariesIf you like recycling and crafts, head over there and check out more great projects!

Heifer believes that everyone has a responsibility to help improve the environment. By upcycling or recycling items instead of throwing them in the trash you are helping to make the Earth a cleaner place. Little steps like this make a big impact. Go you! 

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Heifer International

Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.