I am back today sharing another project from my booth space at CHA. It was so fun creating the samples for the show because I got to create a lot of different types of projects. When I started doing design work years ago, I specialized on home decor pieces. After getting away from those types of projects for a while, it was fun to revisit them. Today’s project is the first of two wooden trinket boxes customized with fabric flowers made from my dies.
I love when I find treasures like this box at my local Hobby Lobby. I often check their home decor clearance aisle for bargains. This box was on clearance for $3. It had a great distressed finish. The downside? The top of the box was embellished with an image of fishing lures. That is nothing that a scrap of pattern paper can’t fix!
Simply choose a paper that works with the paint color, spread a bit of Ranger Glue ‘n Seal (or other decoupage medium or adhesive sheet) on the lid, and place the paper on the adhesive. I usually try to cut the paper close to size, but the exact size isn’t crucial. Once the adhesive if dry, I sand the edges to blend the paper into the wood finish.
If you can’t find any great deals on pre-painted boxes, check out the unfinished wood boxes at your local crafty shop. There are tons of unfinished wood products available that are easy to paint. If you are a Distress lover, you can easily match your paint and flower colors too!
I finish off the edges with a bit of my favorite brown Distress Ink. So easy to take a cheap wood box to a wow piece for your own home or for a gift!
The fun happens when it is time to embellish the top. By creating your own flowers with dies using fabric or paper and inks to color, you can create perfectly matching flowers to accent your piece.
I chose some vintage sewing notions to add accent elements in my flower arrangement. I used a Tim Holtz Memo Pin to tuck and secure the needle packet into the flowers.
I also added a vintage hat pin to the arrangement for a bit of bling.
I sure love the way these flowers turned out. They are truly so easy to make! I used my Frayed Posies, Pom Pom Posies, and Floweret Posies dies. I will be sharing new flower making tutorials soon featuring my dies. Until then you can see how I made them with Tim Holtz flower dies here: millinery gallery.
Didn’t this box turn out so pretty? I love that I created it using a box that was a bargain. The box was transformed into a treasure by adding a scrap of paper, a few vintage elements, and some handmade fabric flowers. Imagine what you could make for your home or for a friend!
PS. The ship date for all of my products is April. They will be available at stores worldwide (independents and online) and online at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com!