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How to Make a Chalkboard Toy Carrier

Sherri Osborn
Learn how you can transform a plastic coffee can with a handle into a colorful toy carrier. You can use chalk to label the container or even write a child's name. Whatever you write can be easily erased with the felt square. You can even turn the toy carrier into a toy storage container by popping on the lid!

  • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Coffee Can (Plastic Kind with a Handle)
  • Spray Paint Primer (compare prices)
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint (compare prices)
  • Spray Paint (Whatever color you want, I used yellow)
  • Small Piece of Felt (to use as an eraser)
  • Chalk (compare prices)
  • Newspaper (Use to cover your work surface and sections of the coffee can)
  • Masking Tape


Start out by making sure your coffee can is clean and dust free. Cover your work area with newspaper and make sure the area you will be painting in is well ventilated.

Place the coffee can and the lid on the newspaper and spray it with the primer. Use a few coats so they are completely covered. Let the primer dry completely before you start painting your coffee can.

Use several thin coats of paint to cover the coffee can. Wait until one layer is dry to the touch before adding another. Paint the entire outside of the coffee can (We will add the chalkboard paint right on top of the colored paint). You can also paint the lid with this color if you like; however, I painted mine using the chalkboard paint so I could write on it.

Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before you move on (follow the directions on your paint can). This is especially important because in the next step you will be covering a section of the coffee can with tape and newspaper and you do not want the paint to stick to the tape.

When the colored paint is dry, use masking tape and pieces of newspaper to cover the areas of the coffee can you do not want chalkboard paint to get on. As you may be able to tell by the picture, I covered the smoothest areas of the can with chalkboard paint.

Now you can start painting. If you used a glossy paint, you might want to start off with a couple of thin layers of primer. Let that dry and then move onto the chalkboard paint. I used about six thin layers of the chalkboard paint, letting each layer dry for between 30 and 60 minutes before I applied another. After your final layer of paint is applied and has dried, carefully remove the tape and newspaper.

Now your toy carrier is ready to use or even to give as a gift. before you write on it with chalk, condition the paint by rubbing the side of the chalk onto the chalkboard. Wipe the chalk off and use as desired.

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