ModaScrap Soft Finish Cardstock

Lilac Trinket Box

May 29, 2018

Hi everyone, it’s Sandy Diller here with you today and I’m sharing a trinket box that I made to hold some treasures in my craft room.  This box is much more fun than a simple bag or envelope to hold small items that I have cleaned up from my work table while working on a project.  I have been wanting to make some of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s flowers and this was the perfect time. It was fun and simple to make – so let’s get started.

Step 1  Begin with a container of your choice. (Shown: A round papier mache box.

Step 2  If the container is a dark color, add one or two coats of white gesso. Gesso is a primer and can be used to neutralize many surfaces.  Simply paint it on – it dries pretty quickly.

Step 3  To get the effect of delicate lilacs, color vellum with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

Step 4  Use a color blender to apply the ink, covering the entire piece of vellum. Set aside to dry.

Step 5  Using the Dashing Circles die set, cut one white cardstock circle that is approximately the size of the lid.  Edge with ink.

Step 6  Using the same ink, color the edges and sides of the lid as shown above.

Step 7  Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set, cut two smaller white cardstock circles that will layer on the lid.

Step 8  Using the Garden Notes – Lilacs 2 die set – cut leaves and petals for the lilac.  The large petals were cut 3 times and the small petals were cut 2 times. Color and shape as needed. For a complete video tutorial on how to assemble the lilac CLICK HERE.

Step 9   Glue large leaf pair to the smaller white scallop edge circle and then add purple pieces to complete the two lilacs. Start at the top where the flower is widest and thickest and work toward the bottom where it is pointed and narrow. Overlap and layer as shown to create dimension and ensure a realistic look.

Step 10  Add the smaller circle with flowers to the larger Dotted Scallop circle, add remaining (smaller) leaves at the top of the lilacs. Layer on top of  Dashing Circle and glue onto lid.

Step 11  Cover sides of bottom half of box with coordinating patterned cardstock (Shown: leaf design sheet from ModaScrap – Butterfly Dreams).

Step 12  Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere lace to sides of lid.  The double sided adhesive holds well and is invisible.

Step 13  Glue on 4 small purple wooden cubes, beads or buttons to bottom of box to serve as feet.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired to try it.  Until next time,



Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Distress Oxide Ink in Wilted Violet

Blending Tool



Green Cardstock

4 purple knobs, cubes, spheres or buttons for feet of box


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  • Mary McGillis May 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    That is just beautiful, Sandy. Of course, you know I love flowers! Mary

    • Sandy Diller May 30, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Thank you so much Mary, me too!

  • Arlene May 29, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Really gorgeous. Tutorial was fantastic, short, to the point and photos were perfect. Loved everything about your box.

    • Sandy Diller May 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks for the nice comments Arlene, I’m happy you liked the project and tutorial.

  • Connie Sue Larson May 29, 2018 at 9:30 am

    This is beautiful!

    • Sandy Diller May 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks so much Connie

  • Diane May 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Beautifully created!!

    • Sandy Diller May 29, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Diane

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