Sunday, 28 April 2013

Favour boxes

Last week we looked at altering gift boxes and moving on from that I am sharing an alternative to crackers for your table.  I have chosen triangle boxes as they create a different shape on the table and can be stood to increase space for other things.

To alter the favour boxes you will need:


  • Boxes
  • Paint
  • Cosmic Shimmer Spray
  • Joanna Sheen Xmas CD
  • Glue
  • Gesso
I bought the boxes but anyone cleverer than me can make them!  Paint them with gesso if they are brown first if not just paint them in your chosen colour.  Once the paint is dry apply a layer of cosmic shimmer spray to make the boxes sparkle.  You can use a complimentary colour or for a more dramatic look chose a contrasting colour.  Wait for the shimmer spray to dry.  Meanwhile print your chosen images from the cd or stamp and colour some.  Cut your images out and when the box is dry glue them to the box.  This is it, all that remains is to find something to fill your favour boxes with, you could make something {an earlier post from us showed you how to make jewllery that would fit nicely in these boxes wraped in cling wrap or cellophane bags chocolates would be a nice treat and a later blog post will discuss how to make your own chocolates} or you can buy something.

Here are some pics of my favour boxes that I now use year on year.





Sunday, 21 April 2013

Gift Boxes

Warning there are a lot of photos in this post so please be patient with them loading and when scrolling down the page thank you!

Gift boxes can be used as something pretty that can be reused to give your gift in or as a gift itself.  There are many different types that you can get.  I have altered paper mache ones but there is nothing to stop you altering a use box of any description.

There are different ways of decorating them and I intend to show you three different types in this post.

To alter these boxes you will need:


  • Acrylic paint
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Kitchen roll
  • Die cut machine
  • Dies
  • Embellishments
  • Tissue Paper
  • Decoupatch papers or paper napkins
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Glue Gun with glue
  • Gesso
  • Paintbrush
  • Stamps
  • Stazon Ink
  • Wooden embellishments
To make a Decoupatch box:

If using a brown paper mache box cover the box in gesso and leave to dry, if using a white box start here: mix pva glue and water to an almost running consistancy.  Tear up your chosen sheets of decoupatch papers and apply a layer of glue and water to the the box.  There is no set point to start so just start sticking the decoupatch papers onto the box and paint over the top of the papers with the glue and water mix.  Continue until you have covered the entire box.  If you don't want the inside to look brown/white then decoupatch inside the box too.

NB: you may have to let some sides dry before you continue to prevent the box sticking to your work surface.

Here are some pics of a pencil box and large box I have decoupatched.






















To make a simple painted box with die cut images:

Always use a layer of gesso if it's a brown box.  Then paint the box inside and out with the colour of your choice and wait to dry.  Meanwhile die cut the shapes of your choice, I used a swirl and either paint, colour or cut from the chosen colour card.  Using a pva glue adhere them to the box once the paint is dry.  I also used gems, these are difficult to stick especially if like me you used pearlescent paint so I recommend using a strong glue and the wonderful Shelley has told me about using glossy accents as a glue so try that if you have some if not glue gun glue or pva should work.  Complete the design all over the box until you are finished.

Here are a few pics of mine: 





To make a painted box:

If using a brown box cover in gesso and wait for that to dry.  Paint the first colour of paint all over your box and wait for it to dry.  Now using a cotton wool bud or your finger place petroleum jelly at various places on your box and paint over the entire box with your second choice of paint.  Then wipe away the top layer of paint once dry using kitchen roll, where the petroleum jelly is the paint will wipe away easy and you will see the first coat of paint.  This gives the box an 'older' look.  I then stamped using stazon ink onto tissue paper and cut out some sentiments and images gluing them at various places on the box using a pva and water mix.  For the top I used premade embellishments.  I painted the wooden smile in pearlescent acrylic paint and glued it on.  I used a glue gun glue for all the embellishments including the lac ribbon around the edge of the lid.  The limit to this box is your imagination and what you have to hand.  I lined my box with tissue paper, I had great difficulty doing this with a hole sheet so recommend you do it in a similar style to decoupatch {instructions above}.

Here are a few pics of my box:










Sunday, 14 April 2013

Card holder

Hi everyone, it's Shell again. I am so sorry I just ran out of time last week so I never got the tutorial up for the gift book. I will get around to it as soon as I can :)

Today I have got a nice easy project to make that will display your Christmas cards

What you will need to make this is:

  • Card: you could use a cereal packet or something like that.
  • Paint
  • Wood Clothes pegs
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors









The first thing to do is cut out a ring from the card






No you need to paint the ring and the pegs




Once everything is painted in your chosen colour and dry you can glue the pegs down onto the ring

Finish off with some ribbon to hang it and inbetween each peg, your wreath is ready to be hung up now to hold all those Christmas cards



Sunday, 7 April 2013

Gift book

Hi everyone, todays post is going to be a really quick one as it's a crazy weekend full of birthdays in my house but I will be back later this weekw ith a tutorial on how to make this project.

This is such a simple piece to make and is ideal to put things like individual tea bags in, packets of seeds, gift vouchers, tags, ATC's and so much more.

The image I have used on this is from Delicious doodles and can be found here




Don't forget to check in later this week to find out how to make this book.

Shelley x