If you follow me from WOYWW you may have seen an altered box hiding at the back in various stages of altering.
Well, I finished it and thought I would do a tutorial. Its a little photo heavy as I still cannot fathom why youtube takes so long to upload (hrs for a 3 minute video!!), but if you'd like to learn how I made some embellishments for pennies then read on.
I started with an empty box. It contained a natural sweetener and the box seemed too good to chuck so I thought I would alter it and turn it into a treasure chest.
This is the before
This is the after. It cost virtually pennies to make!
I painted the box with acrylics, a mix of brown, black and green. I then dried it with a heat gun and added some gold, black and green wax to the edges, buffed it up and painted a satin water based acylic varnish over the box to seal it.
To make the embellishments I made some moulds from a metal cog and a skull and cross bones pendant.
I used a hot glue gun to fill the moulds
When dry, pop them out of the moulds, there may be some overspill but there is a real easy fix
Tidy up the embellishments with scissors. I use my Tim Holtz scissors, they have amazing micro serrated blades and this means they are a great work horse.
When they are all tidied up I covered them in black acrylic dabber and then rubbed gold wax over them and buffed them up. I sealed them with the same acrylic sealant and now they are ready to use.
I glued them to the box with multi medium and added some hinges that I stamped with a paper artsy stamp onto grunge paper and cut out. I coloured the hinges with copper distress stains and attached them with mini brads
I also made a lock with a paper artsy stamp on grunge paper and added a couple of larger brads at the front which I texturised by walloping with a hammer!!
So there you have it. A treasure chest ready to fill with whatever you choose. I was thinking scrunching up some brightly coloured tissue paper inside and filling the box with chocolates!!
Either way, I think this is a great gift box, a one off and best of all its upcycled and cost pennies...whats not to like?
I'd love to know what you think.