Friday, April 27, 2012

D.I.Y. Jewelry or Anything Boxes for Mother's Day

I am a big fan of upcycling vintage items, re-purposing anything that I can to save our landfills. If you can think outside the box there are thousands of ideas to re-purpose items into new to you treasures. Get your children involved in these projects and teach them about reducing their own carbon footprint. I think all of us have a artist hidden inside just relax and let go with this fun project. I would embellishment gems on top of this box like the little ones we use as nail art.Perhaps your Moms inital or the word MOM. I would put a square piece of felt glued inside the box in the bottom. Remember Grandmothers would love this as a gift as well. D.I.Y. Boxes for Mother's Day

Decoupage Boxes with Vintage Sewing Patterns

Use Mod Podge to adhere vintage sewing patterns onto the outside of wooden craft boxes for personalized storage.
1. Using a damp rag, wipe down the outside of each box. Then, cover each one with a coat of matte white spray paint. Let dry for 30 minutes. ($14.97 for three boxes;
2. Meanwhile, measure the top and bottom sides of your box. Cut dress patterns into pieces the same size as those measurements. (You can find sewing patterns online at sites like Etsy.)
3. Cover your workspace with wax paper; then pour Mod Podge Matte All-In-One decoupage sealer into a small bowl. ($4.99 for 8 ounces;
4. Using a narrow foam brush, spread an even coat of Mod Podge on the back of a pattern piece.
5. Press the piece onto your box, smoothing out any air bubbles. Trimming away any excess pattern with an X-Acto knife.
6. Repeat until the outside of the box is covered, then use a foam brush to add on a thin coat of Mod Podge. Let dry for one hour, then repeat with a second coat to seal. Let dry for one full day.

Credit; Photograph and project is from Upcycled Crafts and Projects - Easy Upcycling Craft Ideas - Country Living. Photographer is Lauren Powzyk

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