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I love finding ideas for re-purposing or upcycling in my crafts. For this challenge, I created a gift box for the new baby which makes a nice keepsake item that the new parents can use. They can keep special items in it like that first lock of hair or first tooth or even remove the box cover and hang as wall art. Here we go!...
You will need very few supplies for this project:
- Any size box
- Paper of your choice - sample uses Paper Source paper
- Backing papers - again using Paper Source product
- Domino shaped wood pieces - from Michaels
- White , gold acrylic paint and crackle paint - from Michaels
- Stickers - from Michaels
- Decorative clothespins - from Michaels
Paint the inside and all surfaces of your box -- this sample used gold acrylic paint, but use any color that complements your idea. Once dry, place the cover upside down on the reverse side of your paper and adhere. Handmade paper tends to be thinner than card stock, so be frugal with how much glue you use.
Paint the domino shaped wood pieces in white (or whichever color you have chosen). I like the look of a little rustic mixed with the metallic in the paper and stickers so after your color paint has dried, apply a layer of crackle paint. It takes about 2 -4 hours to dry and you will be left with a little weather beaten effect.
Once the paints have dried, apply your stickers as desired.
Then glue to a sheet of backing paper. (Currently I'm obsessed with the gold and light pink palette.) Cut out using decorative scissors. HINT: Based on the size of your box, and the amount of letters you need, lay down on the paper to insure everything fits on the box top. If you are using a lot of letters, you may need to trim your backing paper more than in this example.
Glue your backing paper with the wood shape onto another sheet of card stock -- for this example I used gold glimmer. Cut out.
Clip your clothespin onto the papers and glue into place.
I think this is an adorable way to give a gift to the new baby and their parents. Happy crafting!!