Upcycling is the topic of the
day today. Jane Castle has
turned a very plain box into
beautiful storage ........... or
maybe a useful gift for a craft
"Hi Folks, today I'm going to show you
an inexpensive way to tidy-up those loose
bits of ribbon and lace that end up getting
scrumpled and creased in the drawer
or needlework box.
I began with a 17cm x 11cm x 8cm
cardboard box that many businesses
use for mail order.
This was given a base coat of white gesso
on the outsde and the inside of the lid.
I then cut some ATC cards from some
thickish card scraps.
The box was then decorated by adding some
Grunge Paste through a Tim Holtz and
Once dry Fresco Chalk paint was added
with a piece of Cut and Dry foam
gradually building up the colour.
Just 3 colours were used in the end and
then the whole of the outside was brushed
with Satin Glaze.
I then wanted to enhance the relief work
without completely covering up the existing
colours so I replaced the clean stencils
and added some DI in Pumice Stone.
Loved the colour but it needed to
be a little more defined .......
So after some head scratching and a
coffee I sponged on some DecoArt
Metallic Paint in Zinc, perfect!
Some die-cut letters, ribbon and a wooden bead
to pull open the flap and a
little bird from Jofy 15 stamp set.
The inside was lined with some brightly
coloured felt and the ribbons and lace
wound onto the cards.
Then I had one of those 'Light-bulb' moments -----
If you had somewhere that you could attach
a cup hook the cards could be stored
on a book-ring......
Happy Crafting to you all. X"
That was a light bulb moment
Jane, thank you for sharing along
with your beautiful box
Now just in case you don't do much
in the way of online shopping, or
maybe everything you buy comes
in a padded envelope..... have a
look here for a suitable box to
decorate in a similar way