The one I'm sharing here was completely handmade, but you could absolutely just get one of those boxes from the craft store and decorate it instead of making your own. I have to say, however... it was pretty satisfying to see it come together! I wasn't entirely sure that it would work. But experimentation is half the fun, right?
So, if you want to take a stab at making the container yourself, here's how I did it.
First, pick a stencil to be the shape of the box. I decided to make it simple and go with round, but you could theoretically pick any shape you wanted! Get some thin but still fairly sturdy chipboard and trace the stencil twice - this will be the pattern for the lid and bottom of the box. (I save chipboard mailers that I get when I order online - I was lucky enough to have a great big one that worked perfectly for this!) Here I'm using the Flower of Life stencil by Mary Beth Shaw.
Next, you need to cut the side of the box as well as the lip of the lid. To do that, you need to measure the circumference or perimeter of your stencil, leaving about 1/2" to overlap. This particular stencil has an 18" circumference. So I cut a 3/4"x18 1/2" strip for the lip and a 3"x18 1/2" strip for the side. If you don't have one that long, just cut two pieces (like 3/4"x9 1/2" each) and then you'll just have a seam in two places instead of one. No big deal.
Below, you can see that I'm starting to assemble the pieces. Important to note: for the lid, you're going to adhere the lip to the outside edge. For the base, you're going to use the edge as a guide, but the side will be adhered on top of the base - this way, the lid will be bigger so it will fit over top. Hopefully the pictures will help.
For the side of my box, I used Nathalie Kalbach's Ornament Wall Stencil to get the design. I wrapped it around and adhered it with painter's tape, then used white acrylic paint for the first layer. After that was dry, I went back over it again with a layer of gold paint.
I hope you enjoyed today's project! And as always, if you're inspired to make something at home, please come back and leave a link so we can see!
Until next time,
Gwen, this is absolutely stunning! I always love seeing how you are going to use stencils in a brand-new way! What a lovely box!ReplyDelete
Great idea and beautiful results, Gwen!ReplyDelete
this is amazing and beautiful and a fun project! Thank you Gwen!ReplyDelete
I would never have thought about making my own box...very cool!ReplyDelete
gorgeous box! You are amazingly talented!ReplyDelete
fell in loveReplyDelete