Upcycled Heart Gift Box20 August 2012 | By Rebecca in Altered Art
Hey everyone! Are you ready to see what I have done with Basically Bare and May Arts trims?
I decided to make a gift for a scrappy friend. She does so much for me and I appreciate it all. A little thank you was absolutely in order! I just happened to have the perfect thing, in need of a makeover, that had been waiting for the right moment and now was the time.
Have you ever received a heart shaped box of yummy chocolates for Valentine’s Day? Everyone loves them, right? Next year when you get one, don’t throw it away when you are done! Just gently clean out the plastic piece that held the candy, in case anything sticky happened to get on it. Then set the box aside until you need a one-of-a-kind gift.
When it is time to gift someone special, all you need to do is paint the outside of the box, or cover it with patterned paper. I used lots of painting and antiquing solutions on mine. I was going for a distressed box that would fit a “boy” theme. Set the plastic piece aside for this, you won’t be doing anything to it.
When the outside is finished and dry, you can embellish it to fit your theme. I chose Basically Bare gears, of course! They work well for masculine themes. I rolled up May Arts burlap trims and added those onto the gears for an extra punch.
Now that the box is finished, you need to add the plastic piece back inside and fill it. I put in lots of boy embellishments in my friend’s favorite colors. Hope she likes this!
Do you like this idea, would you like to try it out? It will really work for any theme and you can fill it with anything you like. You could add buttons, flowers, ink pads, brads, small chipboard pieces, metal parts, rolls of ribbon, etc. If this is a gift for any other kind of hobbyist, just fill it with small bits of that trade. You could also refill it with small chocolates and candies or money. You end up with the perfect customized gift that will be loved. You also save something from the trash, one of my favorite things to do!