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lately i’ve been a little sad. i don’t know why really, except that the stress level at our house as been through the roof for so many reasons… so it’s also been just a little depressing at home. today, in order to jolt myself out of the sadness, i made myself some instant happiness.

ha. ok, maybe it doesn’t really work that way… but instead of going out for some retail therapy {or lets be honest…eating another muffin…}, i got crafty.

IMG_2300_puppycakes grumpy about pillows

and getting crafty always brightens the mood, dontcha think?

for my craftiness, i made new pillow covers {which i’ve had on my list to do for years…} i kept it simple, if i had more energy i would have wanted to add ruffles…everything is happy with ruffles… ha, maybe next time.

IMG_2298_pillows

but really, what’s not happy about them?

vintage sheets were used. fabric i’ve had stored because i just loved it was used. they don’t match, but who cares?  gone were the neutral and boring…in with the bright colors! yellow flowers and bright poppies are making life happy around here!

IMG_2301_puppycakes and pillows

can’t you tell how happy the pillows are making Puppycakes? ha. every time he tries to make himself comfy on the couch, he usually fluffs the pillows and sits right on top of them…i think he doesn’t quite know if he’s allowed to do that with the new bright colors.

note to self: don’t put off your happy projects for so long! 

 

i love interesting boxes. i especially love it when gifts are wrapped interestingly or in an beautifully shaped box. i know what matters is what’s on the inside, but if the outside is pretty, it makes the inside all that much better!
  my friend and i were suppossed to make some boxes from a paper source template this weekend, but she got sick, so i decided to make a tutorial for one of my favorite things to make! little gift boxes :)  As some of you know (you graduates out there you) i love to send little trinkets in these. also! one of my favorite gifts to give is a little box like this, and then putting together bible verses inside and calling it a verse box! whenever you find a good verse, just write a little note, stick it in the box, and then on a rainy day you’ll have all sorts of encouraging verses for you already set aside for you! and a pretty box to open… :)
 
enjoy this little tutorial!
back of box

back of box - notice all the butterflies!

here is the example that i’m going to work through with you. i don’t know about you, but i’d LOVE to get a gift that was placed in such a thoughtful wrapping! :)
to get started get together this little list…
a little “box” (here i use an old chai tea tin) , pretty paper, modge podge, paint, fabric, little pretty things… you’ll see :) anything that you think you can glue on!
 
an assortment of boxes

an assortment of boxes

an example of some “boxes” you can use to start with. Anything will work! I got that star box from Micheals, but my favorite is to use old tins of boxes of stuff I use. It’s recycling at its finest! :)
modge podge

modge podge - one of my favorite things!

 and of course you’re going to need a good amount of this! one time for an art class in college i used this to cover a whole table with magazine images. how fun is that?

all the pretty things that is going to go on/in the box

all the pretty things that is going to go on/in the box

 then here is the collection of paper, pictures, magazine images, old glass tiles, stickers, flowers and tags that i’m going to use to decorate the box. you can start to see the theme already. start using that modge podge!

start using that modge podge!

start using that modge podge!

 now, begin to use the modge podge. it’s just like glue, but it works best if you put a layer of modge podge on the tin, and then put the paper on, and then put a layer of podge modge over the paper.  to make life easier, use more bits of smaller paper rather than large pieces of paper. the larger the paper the harder it is to get it to lay like you want it to! especially on a box like this that has curves…

more modge podge

more modge podge start attaching the pretty little things

 now you can see that i’ve started to add the decorations. i’ve even done the bottom of the box! it’s ok to totally wrap the entire thing. sometimes i just let this dry because i think the collage can be very pretty. so if you like it the way it is, you don’t need to paint it. it’s totally up to you.

start to paint!

start to paint!

 so, if you’ve decided to keep going. get out that paint brush, and sponge. your sponge is your best friend for making interesting textures and layers over the pretty paper…   paint the lid tooand don’t forget about the lid! i don’t mind that some of the original red is showing through, and i’ve even added some buttons and stickers.

don't forget the inside!

don't forget the inside!

 now this part might be a little tricky.  i’ve used a hot glue gun  as well as more modge podge to put a fabric liner on the inside. won’t that be pretty?

add pretty things to hide mistakes

add pretty things to hide the mistakes

 mistakesit was a little harder than i thought. :) most of the time i just leave the pretty tin because i think that’s interesting too. so whatever you fancy. if you make mistakes, don’t worry, you can always use your pretty little things to cover it up. sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

sometimes the inside needs a lot of hiding!

 as you can see, i added a couple things on the inside… 

side of the box

side of the box

 now you can see my finished project. i got a little crazy with the butterfly theme… but it’s still pretty and it sure was fun!  lid- buttons and stamps

front of box
front of box- all about butterflies!

you can see the little glass tiles stick out quite a ways, they’re a fun addition, but kind of challenging to get to stay attached. :) i hope you now can feel confident to make your own box for that special gift for that special someone… :) enjoy! if you’d like to see more of my boxes, i’m hoping to have some more pictures up in a couple of days and maybe sell some on etsy! i’ll keep ya posted!  let me know how it goes if you do make one!