Friday, January 14, 2011

On my own Today...a keepsake box

Today's Challenge over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is the spice cupboard....well....I don't really have one!  I am not much of a wiz in the kitchen so I don't have very many spices.  I just don't use them much!

So I figured I would just do my own thing today.  I think I will showcase my most recent project.  I have been more crafty in the past couple months than the rest of my life all combined.  I have always considered myself a NON-crafty person.  I don't feel like I am very creative or imaginative.  I wish I was more so.  But I have 3 kids now....which means in the future we will have A LOT of birthday parties to attend.  I figured now would be the time to figure out how to start making gifts.

I started with my niece's birthday which was on Christmas.  We celebrated it last weekend.  As I thought about what to make her, I tried to think of the things that I would have liked when I was a little girl.  And it came to me....I was always wanting to save special "treasure" but where do you keep them?

So I went to AC Moore (which is a lot like a Michaels) and bought a hat box and some mod podge.  I am now in love with Mod Podge!!  You can do anything with that stuff!!!!  It is awesome!   But anyway....originally I bought some tissue paper, as I had seen a You Tube video tutorial on how to rip it up and mod podge it.  I started on the inside of the lid.  It looked ok....but I wasn't thrilled with it.  I wanted a more personal and streamlined look.  So out I went to AC Moore again.  This time I bought some scrapbook paper.  Now we were getting some where.  I modpodged it like crazy.  One of the pieces of paper I had bought was a Tinkerbell piece (my niece loves her) and it had little sayings all over it.  So I pulled out my crafty scissors and cut out a bunch of the sayings and glued them on the lid.  I also had some letter stickers, so I spelled out her name.  (Now I have a cricut which would have been fun).

I then wrapped paper around the rim of the lid and then the outside of the box.  I guess I didn't cut the rim of the lid PERFECTLY because it stuck up just a little and I was afraid (actually it was Kevin, my husband, who pointed it out) that it would get caught or picked at and rip.  So out to JoAnns (this time) I went AGAIN!  I bought a couple different types of ribbon to put on the edge.  I hit the jackpot on this one sequin one.  It looked great and totally made the box!!!

And this is how it turned out:

(please don't mind my slippered foot haha)

What do you think?  I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I am proud of it actually.  My plan is to make one for each of my kids and my nephew through-out this year for each of their birthdays.  I know that I would have liked something like this...I hope they do too!

What kinds of fun things have you all found to do with mod podge?  I am a newbie here so please share your ideas!

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  1. That's cute! Look at you... getting all crafty! :) It's fun.. huh?

    Hey.. do you know there is a blog called Modge Podge Rocks!
    Just in case you want any more ideas for later use. Check it out. It isn't my site.. I just like a lot of her projects.
    My site is
    I will be posting soon about the modge podge photo block puzzles that I made for the holidays. :)

  2. Good for you taking the creative plunge, I cannot imagine a day of my life NOT creating something. Saw you on hodgepodge Friday : ) Keep creating your box is super cute, who doesn't love purple!

  3. It looks great! I LOVE modpodge and scrapbook paper projects!