Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Talented Tuesday & A Twilight Craft Box

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope everyone's week has been going great so far!

Welcome back to Talented Tuesday, where you, my awesome readers, strut your stuff, and show us all the cool stuff you've made recently. From food, to furniture, to clothing, and so much more, you guys continue to amaze me with your fun projects.

Below is one of my weekend crafts- a wooden box made over in black, white, and red (with pink, since I had a very hard time finding just dark red printed scrapbook paper, after stopping at 3 stores). My oldest daughter is going to be 14 soon, which is enough of a shock to my system. Right now, she's very into Twilight, so I've been making Twilight inspired crafts.

I found a cubed wooden box at the local grocery store, of all places, on clearance for $2-something. Perfect! I snagged it without an immediate project in mind, but it only took a few days to come up with an idea. When I had my Girls Day Out with one of my good friends last Friday, I picked up some fun supplies- scrapbook paper (like, a ton!), Glitter mod podge (ooOOOOoOOoo...), ribbon, wooden 'knobs' (a 3 pack), lots of felt, 2 Distress Ink ink pads (black soot, which I am NOT in love with, and Fired Brick, which I do love), and much more.

Below is the project. I was overly zealous, and did not stop to take any before or during photos (that's becoming a bad habit...), so all you have is the finished project. I also didn't stop to paint the box first, but... that's not really something it -needed-, just thought it would be a nice touch.

What I Used:
5 Sheets of Scrapbook Paper (not a whole sheet needed of each, but I wanted a different pattern on each side)
1 Wooden Knob
Mod Podge
Distress Ink

  1. Measure and cut your paper. I used 5 different patterns. Because the lid has edges, I tore the paper in half for a more distressed look. In some instances, I had to tear more off to allow for where the wood meets.
  2. I used Black Soot Distress Ink on the red paper. I don't feel the black soot was up to the same quality as the Red Brick I also bought, or the Vintage Photo I have had for a few weeks. It got ALL OVER my hands, and it did not dry anywhere near as quickly- when I mod podged it to the wood, it smeared on the first one. You can kind of see it in the photo above, on the red swirly side of the box.
  3. I used Red Brick Distress Ink on the black & white sides, and it worked wonderfully. For the most part, I distressed all the sides of the paper (all paper used, actually), and a few smudges here and there in the middle of the papers.
  4. For the top section, I tore each of the four edges. 
  5. I used Matte Mod Podge to attach the paper to the box. Once it was dry, some of the paper had an over hang on the corners, so I sanded down each corner and edge on the box, and some of the sections where the lid meets the box, so the paper wouldn't get in the way. 
  6. For the top coat, I went with Glitter Mod Podge, so it sparkles, like the Vampire Wannabe's in Twilight. (can you tell, it's not my favorite book ever?) Glitter Mod Podge sparkles nicely, and I can't wait to use it in some Easter crafts.
  7. While this dried, I painted one of the wooden knobs. I first thought the red I had on hand would be too bright, so I added a few drops of black, but the color came out all together too rustic and brownish, so I wiped as much of it off as I could, then repainted it red. The dark color showed through in some spots, for a distressed look, so my mistake? Totally on purpose to distress it. Or so I'll tell anyone who asks. I also added some spots of black ink around it with a foam brush, for added depth to the color.
  8. When the knob dried, I used E6000 to glue it to the center of the lid, then I mod podged over it with Glitter Mod Podge. 
And, really, that's all she wrote. It was an easy craft. Unfortunately, when I went back for more boxes, they were sold out. But, I did score a really cool, unfinished wooden jewelry box. Can't wait to try that one out!

I wish I had the Glitter Mod Podge on hand last week, when I made a springy heart in twilight colors. They match, but not totally, since I used Gold Shimmer, and used the Vintage Photo Distress Ink, which is brown. But, there you have it. I now have 2 Twilight inspired crafts for Raegan's birthday in April.

Hopefully, I'll come up with more before then!




This post is linked up at the link parties listed here.

The Rules

1) Post a blog about something you've made- a refurnish, recipes, a craft project, a sewing project, room decoration, anything you've done!

2) Add a link to your blog post- not to the blog itself, but to the individual posts! You can post more than one project, just add more links! The links should look something like:


and NOT like this:


3) Add the code below to each post you link to the MckLinky, so that others can post their projects here as well! The list will accept new links through Saturday, so if you make something new, come back and post it! Don't forget to look at the links on the list, and let people know where you found their post at!

This MckLinky will remain open and accepting links through Wed night, so feel free to come back and add more links if you post new things!!


Unknown said...

Love that box! I'm going to have try that!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Thanks for the party! That box is so cute. By the way, I put in the wrong link in number 13, so sorry! Number fourteen is the post I wanted to link up. It's early! :-)

Expressions by Heather said...

Thank you, Boosie & Jenny!

No problem, Jenny- I can remove the wrong link :)

Heidi said...

that is a great box! and I bet a 14 year old can find all sorts of things to put in it!! :)

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Awesome box! Thanks for hosting the party!

Blessings, Grace

{oc cottage} said...

It's just "bella"!!! (sorry, couldn't help myself!;)

m ^..^

Patricia said...

that box is awesome!!! i really need to start working with MP again!!

thanks for the party

Amanda said...

I LOVE that box! So beautiful! I just discovered your blog carnival, hope you don't mind that I joined in :) I added your button to my sidebar :)

Expressions by Heather said...

Thank you so much everyone- and you are more than welcome for hosting the party every week. It's fun, and I get to see so many new blogs I wouldn't have found otherwise!

Amanda- you are more than welcome!! Welcome to the party, and thank you for adding my button :)

Recaptured Charm said...

I absolutely LOVE that box !!! What an amazing job you did on it.

TLF said...

I love your box!

KimMalk said...

Would you mind adjusting your networked blog settings so your blog posts go automatically to fb?

Expressions by Heather said...

Kim- I have NO CLUE how to do that. Could you walk me through it really quick?

Sonia said...

I love that cutest box ever! I'm a first timer to your blog party, and am having fun already!!

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

Love it!!!


Katie said...

I really love that! I wish that I was as good at using modge podge. I tried to use it on some Barbie calendar pages and it was a DISASTER!

Kathryn said...

It looks great and I love the use of the wooden knob on the top - it really makes the box.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Very cool! I love twilight! : )