By Judi Kauffman
I love decorating little boxes. They are perfect as party favors, just right for stocking stuffers, and make great gifts on their own. To amp things up I like to tuck something inside – jewelry, wrapped candy, some golden dollars, foreign currency for a bon voyage treat, a figurine, a seashell, found object, or a bit of memorabilia that holds special meaning for the recipient. It’s an idea that can be customized for any occasion, holiday, and season.
This easy project began with an inexpensive 3” papier mâché hexagon-shaped box, but you can choose a different size or shape. Or start with a tin. Instead of a single flower, you can use two or more. And you can also change the number of layers within each flower, along with the color palette.
For a festive seasonal box switch to a poinsettia or holly leaves and berry branches, or layer on some snowflakes!
If you’re new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz or creating glittered cardstock to die cut, be sure to watch Els van de Burgt’s YouTube videos covering these techniques. (You’ll need a Metal Adaptor Plate to cut Shimmer Sheetz.)
Use this box as a jumping-off point. Take the project in whatever direction you want. Have fun! And be sure to post your creations on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Family page. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
- Paint the box (inside and out) with black paint. Set aside to dry. Then dab on metallic silver, gold, bronze, and copper acrylic paints for a mottled antique effect. Add a bit more black paint if needed. Set aside to dry.
- Create a multi-layered flower die cut from a mix of Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz, orange cardstock topped with the leftovers from a sheet of Orange Glitter Dots peel-offs, cardstock glittered with Orange Silk Microfine Glitter, and Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. (Tip: For added dimension, curve and shape the petals of cardstock flowers from the underside with a shaping tool or your fingernail.)
- Attach the flower layers with small pieces cut from Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs. Use Power Tabs to secure the flower on the lid of the box. (Tip: Use non-stick scissors!)
- While you’re at it: Make extra flowers to use now or in the future for gift tags, cards, and other projects.
Okay, everyone: Now it’s your turn.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Assorted flower dies (Shown: 795 Big Flower Set 1, 701 Flower Set 1, 725 Flower Set 3)
Shimmer Sheetz in color(s) of choice (Shown: 0109 Orange Iridescent, 0217 Turquoise Gemstone)
803 Metal Adaptor Plate (Required for cutting Shimmer Sheetz)
Silk Microfine Glitter in color(s) of choice (Shown: 613 Orange)
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (Needed for glittered flowers)
Leftovers from 7018 Orange Glitter Dots Peel-offs
3” Papier mâché hexagon box
Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs
Non-stick scissors to cut Power Tabs
Die cutting machine (Sizzix Big Shot or other)
Cardstock in white for glittered flowers, and orange or other color(s) of choice