Last week I sent Ali a box of goodies and I've been getting emails over how to create such a box. It's really easy - so I thought I'd share with you.
1 - Get a box, any box. I would suggest a smallish box, especially a recycled one. Donna talks about making trash into treasure, and I took that to heart, and I think this is a great way to reuse a box you might otherwise throw out or recycle.
2 - You will need Mod Podge or any kind of glue/sealant. I also used foam brushes to brush the glue on.
3 - Papers. I used a large square punch to punch out all the patterned papers; to save time, I punched three sheets at once.
4 - Start by brushing on the Mod Podge onto your box. Start with an edge - always easier. Start sticking down your squares. Let them dry a little before brushing over the squares with more Mod Podge to seal them. Cover the entire box. I chose to cover the insides of the box and then paint the outside. I also did a whitewash over the interior of Ali's boxes - mixed 3 parts water to 1 part white paint, and lightly painted over the interior, wiping up with a cloth right after, leaving a bit of whitewash residue - to tone down the papers and give it a bit of a shabby feel. You won't need very much, probably 6 tbsp water and a couple drops of paint.
5 - Paint the outside of the box. I painted the boxes green, let dry, and then painted the edges with a white / cream. I wanted it to look rustic - and it was so easy.
6 - Cover the outside painted areas with a light coat of Mod Podge to seal.
It really is easy. I wouldn't want to cover a huge box with it, but I find smaller boxes are just right - quick to do and very gratifying. In fact, I created two similiar boxes last night while sitting through a movie at home. Used up some recycled boxes too. :)
So here's the exciting part!!
So many of you had oohhed and ahhhed over Ali's box that I thought I'd give away the two additional boxes I made - ANNNNNND - fill it up with some FontWerks goodies as well! See all the stamps in the box? That's what will be in each of the 2 boxes.
I'll pick 2 names out of our monthly newsletter subscriber base on Thursday (Dec 7) at 12noon PST. So, make sure you're subscribed, and not only will you get our next newsletter Dec 12, but you'll get a chance to win one of these altered boxes and the selection of goodies to come with them too! Sign up HERE. If you're already subscribed, you're automatically eligible.
Treasure's up for grabs! :)