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The DIY Specimen Table…
As a child, nothing is more exciting than finding the perfect rock, bug, or leaf while exploring nature.
But, I am not a fan of them keeping “finds” in their room, pockets, or jars.
But, I do want to keep encouraging them to discover nature…it is important.
Let’s just keep the creepy crawly nature less…creepy crawly!
This DIY specimen end table will help your child show-off their “finds” and keep them corralled in a nice-looking, grown-up friendly way.
It’s also a great way to breathe new life into a tired end-table, making it a conversation piece and a way to showcase your child’s “finds”.
Square or rectangle endtable.
Empty cd cases.
1. Arrange the CD cases on the top of the end table until you are happy with the results.
2. Predrill holes through your empty CD cases the size of the screws you are using.
3. Screw the empty CD cases onto the top of the end table. Warning: screwing too tightly will cause the CD cases to break.
4. Cut cardstock to the size of the CD cases you are using. Set them inside the cases.
5. If you choose, use chalkboard paint to add labels to your empty CD cases.
6. Have your child fill the CD cases with their collections. If you added labels, let them label their finds.
7. Some fun items to include with your table would be a magnifying glass, paper and pencil, and insect and leaf guides.
Seriously…I had more fun staging this table then should be allowed!
This projects cost?
table-free (it was a cast-off)
CD cases- free (cast-off’s too)
chalkboard paint- leftover from another project
spray paint- $2.90 (on sale at the big M store)
caster wheels-free (stole those off another cast-off)
little cute stuff-about $4.oo (for the magnifying glasses, chalk, and frogs)