Vintage Birds Recycled Desk Set

By  Niki Meiners 

  • Vintage Birds Recycled Desk Set


  • Reproduction tin ceiling tile
  • Clean, dry, empty tin cans
  • Recycled drink-mix box
  • Pink cardstock
  • Red polka-dot paper
  • Vintage sheet music, six to eight sheets
  • White crepe paper streamer
  • Lace trim (Prima): blue; pink
  • Vintage German Birds Die Cuts (


  • Gingersnap Smooch Spritz color spray (Clearsnap)
  • Paints: Leather Brown Indoor/Outdoor spray (Krylon); Red FolkArt Chalkboard (Plaid)
  • Pale Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Nestabilities Small Scalloped Circles dies (Spellbinders) and die-cutting system
  • Scor-Pal Scoring Board (Scor-Pal)
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Foam brushes, two
  • Sandpaper
  • Low-tack painter’s tape
  • Adhesives (Beacon): Quick Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Matte-Finish Paper Mod Podge (Plaid)
  • Ceiling Tile Memo Board
  • 1. Sand ceiling tile. Spray paint Leather Brown; let dry. Sand and paint again; let dry. Distress tile here and there with light sanding.
  • 2. Using painter's tape, mask center of tile. Paint with chalkboard paint; let dry. Apply additional coats for desired coverage; let dry. Remove tape. Adhere pink lace around "frame" as shown.
  • 3. Cut two 2"x12" strips from polka-dot paper; score every 1/2" on scoring board. Fan fold each paper strips on scored lines and glue ends together to form a circle. Create similar circle from crepe paper and glue to paper medallion; let dry. Adhere medallions and bird to corner of tile.
  • Tin Can Caddies
  • 1. Very carefully sand inside of each can to smooth inner lip. Cut sheet music to cover cans and adhere with Mod Podge; apply a second coat of Mod Podge to outside of each can and let dry. Repeat, if desired.
  • 2. Spritz cans with color spray for shimmer; let dry. Adhere lace around bottom edge of each can.
  • 3. Die cut small scalloped circle from pink cardstock; adhere to can. Adhere bird to circle.
  • Beverage Box Organizer
  • 1. Follow instructions for Tin Can Caddies, cutting sheet music to fit each side, inside and out, of box. Adhere lace to top of box; adhere die-cut circle and bird to bottom of box.
  • Tip
  • 1. No sheet music to hand? Try newsprint or old phone book pages. Just don't handle paper too much.
  • 2. Replace birds with fancy monogram stickers or chipboard letters for a more personalized set, or stamp and color favorite images to adhere to pieces.
  • 3. If you need a larger memo space, mask off an area and apply chalkboard paint directly to your wall. Tin tile can also serve as a small cork board; simply cut cork sheet to size and adhere to center.