Do you have an old cigar box, gift box or wooden box at home that is ready to be altered? I used Tattered Angels Decor & DIY Paint on my box and it is the prefect paint for the job when you need to a finish surfaces, slick surface, plastic or even glass. This paint is similar to the Milk and Chalk Furniture paints on the market, but it levels to a really smooth finish. It is a fab product to work with and it does not require any sanding, priming or a top coat. Just clean and dry the surface and apply one to two coats and the box is transformed.
There are 28 colors to choose from and you can mix and match them to make your own colors. The paint is also water-soluble and odor free. Here is the finished altered box and in the following you will find the photo step-by-step to it. Hope you like it!
I made this box to go as an addition to a present for a coffee lover. So in a way it´s part of the present. I altered an old wooden box to match the present theme and then filled it with coffee, tea and hot chocolate. It can later be used to hold a selection of teas, coffee or hot chocolate in a kitchen or coffee bar. This project is very easy to create with the Tattered Angels paints and the Canvas Corp Beans and Bags Collection.
- Tattered Angels Décor & DIY paint – Sable
- Canvas Corp Fill the cup on kraft paper
- Canvas Corp Beans & Bags on Kraft paper
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Brown burlap
- Tattered Angels Baseboard Mist – Cardboard
- Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist – Stone
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Boardwalk
- Canvas Corp Cardstock 80# White
- Fitted Squares – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Ribbons, lace
- Distress Glitter – Ranger (Rock Candy)
- Recollections Microbead Antique Copper
Tools Used: Paint brush, Craft sheet, Varnish and glue matt (or Matte Medium), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Scissors, 3D foam, Box for misting.
Step 1: First take a 12×12 inch ivory cardstock paper, cut it in 6×6 inch strips and run thru a die cutting machine using various sized square die cut forms to cut 5 pieces. The largest piece measures 5×5 inch (the dies are by Elizabeth Craft Designs).
Step 2: Next choose suitable spray ink tones to color the ivory paper pieces. I used Tattered Angels Boardwalk, Stone and Cardboard. Alternate the sizes with brown and grey neutral tones, so you can layer them onto the box. Let dry. The top piece is cut from the Beans & Bags patterned paper piece.
The Cardstock paper will pick up the beautiful tones of the mist paint and no two are alike.Step 3: Next take the wooden box and paint it with a layer of Décor & DIY paint. I used the Sable. This is a fabulous paint, as it does not require any sanding on the base coat before painting. And it has gorgeous coverage!
Step 4: Tattered Angels mists are great for tinting fabric, ribbon and lace. They are not washable, but they are perfect for mixed media and altered art project where you do not plan to wash them. With the same spray ink tones mist the lace next. I misted in all three tones to get a more interesting end result. You can also use ribbon during this step.
Step 5: Layer your papers, burlap and lace one at a time turing them to show off the different neural colors and textures. I used some brown burlap and the next sized misted piece of paper. I went on layering misted paper pieces and ribbon/lace over each other until I was left with the smallest piece of patterned paper. I adhered it on top. Using a fabric or mixed media glue will work best when adhering to multiple surfaces.
Step 6: Finally, add a relatively thick layer of varnish or decoupage medium on top it all and let air dry overnight. Before leaving it to dry, apply some Distress Glitter onto the wet surface and add some copper toned micro-beads onto the coffee beans and to the cup to simulate steam. Let dry. I added the varnish to make the paper and ribbon surface more robust. This way it will not get damaged so easily. I hope you have enjoyed this little present packaging idea.
When making a creative home decor craft piece that you plan to use everyday or give as a gift to be used on daily basis, it is always a good idea to use supplies that will withstand the wear and tear. Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint is durable and can even be used for outdoor projects. Applying a top coat, varnish, decoupage or even enamel to the completed box top is another way to ensure that the beauty of the project will withstand everyday life.
So next time you are garage sale shopping, cleaning out the basement or find unique boxes at an antique shop grab a few and repurpose them into gift boxes. Keep in mind you can leave some of the outside expensed if the labels or color are intriguing to you.
Now you have a great idea for that coffee, tea or hot chocolate lover in your life – so whip up a birthday, get well or just say hi gift and fill it with your favorite goodies.