Create a DIY $1 manhole cover for your favorite little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan!
Well, if you’ve seen my last couple of blog posts you know we recently had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for my oldest’s 5th birthday.
And with TMNT’s comes the need for some manhole covers!
They make for great party decor, and we even used one as a serving tray on the party table.
Today I’m going to show you how to make one of these manhole covers for a mere $1!
I will show you how!
I whipped out 2 of them in a couple of hours!
Let’s look at the supplies needed to make the manhole cover:
1 pizza pan (Dollar Tree!)
scrap cardboard cut into 1.5″ x .5″ strips
3-D alpha letters
large-size aluminum foil
two shades of gray paint
roller (Amazon affiliate link)
I had all of these supplies on hand except for the pizza pan!
My letters are self-adhesive and stick in place. Glue yours as needed
Arrange the cardboard strips into a manhole cover-like pattern around the letters.
For the strips shown above outlined in red you will want to trim the strips down to 1″ x .5″.
Once you have all of the cardboard arranged where you want it, go back and glue the strips to the pizza pan.
Keep the foil loose so that it is not stretched to breaking when you begin the embossing process.
Use the roller then the Q-tip to bring out the shape of the cardboard strips.
If the foil breaks at any time don’t freak out!
Simply place a small piece of the foil under the broken space and keep on working.
You will never see it in the end!
On the back of the pizza pan, trim any excess foil for a nice finish.
That is where the paint comes in!
Gently brush a coat of the lighter gray paint all over the foil.
The upper left corned of the manhole cover has paint. The rest of the foil is unpainted.
We’re already beginning to see the look of the manhole cover coming through, not to mention a more grungy look a manhole cover would have (have you ever seen a super shiny and clean manhole cover?).
The paint will not be smooth, but the rough look adds to the grunge effect.
We have a custom manhole cover for your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party or, you know, for whatever!
Not bad for $1.
Would your TMNT fan love this DIY $1 manhole cover?
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