Welcome to the final installment of lux little boxes! You can find part 1 and 2 here and here.
Today I tackle the boxes for which I’ve always had the least affection: plastic ones. You know, the sort medals and pins come in. They often have clear lids, and drive me nuts because you can’t really glue anything to them or paint on them. But as I was cleaning out a craft drawer, inspiration hit! Dimensional paint – the “puffy paint” of t-shirts past. I tried it on a box, and it worked like a charm. That one up there was inspired by the wrought iron work seen on balconies and gated doors.
I’m sure you’ve all grasped the gist of this tutorial (you paint on a box with fabric paint), but here’s the detailed process, complete with tips!
- little plastic box with a clear lid
- dimensional fabric paint
- scrap paper
- Trace the box lid onto your scrap paper.
- Plan your design. Protip: use a writing implement that’s as thick as the paint. I found out the hard way that the paint comes out thicker than pencil lead, meaning fine details will be lost when you use the paint.
- Cut your scrap paper so it fits inside your box lid and wedge it up there.
- Trace over your design with your fabric paint. You may notice that my sketch has some of the ‘scales’ colored in: If you’re planning to fill some regions, do all the outlining, let it set for about an hour, and then go back and fill in. This keeps the colors from mixing too much.
- After an hour or so, fill in areas, if necessary. If not, just give it a few hours to set up!
- Et Voila!
Of course, you don’t have to stick to patterns, or even plastic boxes!
Try words, perhaps giving a hint to the contents of the box.
Or paint on cardboard boxes! Here, I was covering a store logo. Much more mod and awesome, no?And now you have three different methods to jazz up many types of small boxes. If you haven’t started to collect any, I hope these posts inspire you! And if you’re crazy like me and have a collection going, now you can jazz it up 🙂
I just want to apologize for not posting as much recently; I have a new job and have been super busy! But I will get the last box tutorial posted soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a quick photo of my most recent culinary creation. It’s a strawberry Oreo cheesecake, based on this recipe from Barbara Bakes. The recipe is very well-written, but I still took some liberties with it. Instead of just having an Oreo crust, I mixed crushed Oreos into the filling to make the cheesecake more cookies-and-cream. Also, Barbara Bakes’ recipe calls for whole strawberries on top, which I personally find awkward to serve and eat, so I went with sliced strawberries.
Overall, it was a much denser cheesecake than the ones a usually make, but it turned out wonderfully delicious. And my sister, for whom it was a going-away present, loved it, so I count that a success!
Hope I’ve gotten your mouth watering, and I will do my best to be back to my usual blog schedule for next week 🙂
The previous tutorial in this series focused on decoupage to dress up small boxes. Today, we’re going to embroider them! My initial inspiration came from some nifty silver boxes I got as favors at a wedding shower.They were lovely on their own, but I like variety, and I had three boxes! I wanted to decorate the boxes in an unexpected way. The metallic boxes seemed space age to me, so I decided to contrast that feel with some old-school embroidery.
While the textural contrast is cool, it’s by no means necessary! This technique will work with any thin cardboard box. My first instinct is to use a solid-colored box, but if you have a small box with pattern/pictures on it, you could play it up with embroidery.
- small box, made of card-stock or light-weight cardboard
- paper and pencil
- embroidery floss and needle
- optional: scrap-booking paper and glue
- Plan your design. Trace the lid of the box a few times onto your paper and then doodle various possibilities. Keep in mind that the more you perforate the lid, the less structural integrity it has; Consider using long stitches and spacing the holes.
If you look closely at my chosen design (lower left), you’ll see I drew little circles to mark where the stitches will go through the box.
- Tape the design to the lid and punch holes. These will be where your thread will go through the box. It’s helpful to punch them ahead of time, as cardboard – unlike fabric – will retain any hole punched in it.
- Remove the paper, but keep it close by for reference. Trust me: the pattern that seemed so clear can be confusing when reduced to just holes!
- Stitch your design. Knot your thread and come through from the underside/inside of the lid to start, and use your pre-poked holes. To finish a strand of floss off, you can either knot it or use a dab of glue to secure it to the underside of the lid.
- Optional tidying-up: If you like, cut a piece of scarp-booking paper the same size as the inside of your lid and paste it inside the lid to cover the back side of the stitching.
I just happened to have paper that matched the box perfectly! But you could do something fun and contrasting too.
- Enjoy your lux little box!
Another design I did. It uses french knots as well as straight stitches!
Happy stitching! Tune in next week for the third and final lux little box!