This year’s crafting has been boosted into high gear with the challenge to take a plain wooden box and transform it into something beautiful enough to sell to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children. I really enjoyed getting to craft something for someone else, and I thought I would share the process with you so you can create a bespoke gift for that someone special (or raise funds for charity). Find out more about this box here.
I was sent a little box from Parcel Hero similar to this one. I didn’t want to start something that was overly complicated as I wanted this project to work. I didn’t want something to go wrong along the way and deem it unacceptable. So I started off by painting the exterior of the box a light cream colour, using the paint that I’ve been using for my furniture refinishing.
We originally thought we might leave the inside of the box as it was – letting the beauty of the wood show – but I did paint the interior to make it more cohesive. Two coats of paint inside and out did the trick. I decided not to paint the bottom of the box and risk the paint oozing over the edges and ruining the sides of the box.
The next step was to use some glittery outline sticker strips to make a little design around the lid. The strips were just about the perfect size to cover two sides of the lid. To be honest, I was a little worried these would pop up and come off, but they stayed there very well for the next week until we moved onto our third step. Sometimes crafting with kids in the house means that you start something and then don’t get back to it for a while. Add in going to Belfast for Tiny Life meetings for an exciting upcoming project and poor November natural lighting and you need to plan any craft projects around ‘life.’
Now I decided this little box needed more glitter – you can never have too many sparkles at Christmas! I painted the exterior of the box with an irridescent glitter glue using a paint brush for ease. One generous coat worked very well.
Now the box was starting to look more wintery – the sparkly layer reminds me of the snowy days of my youth in Canada when the streetlights sparkled off the freshly-fallen snow in the twilight hours on the walk home from school. Peaceful, beautiful, and wonderful.
Two layers of clear satin varnish applied over the glitter glue helped to hold it all in so that rogue sparkles don’t end up around the house. Not everyone is a glitter fan, but this way the recipient will enjoy the beauty of the glitter, but not have to clean it up. It also helped to give the box a smoother feel as those little sparkles are a bit rough.
To ‘top off’ this little box, I used the front of a Christmas card. I took the embellishment off of the card, gave it its own 2 layers of varnish for durability and then used some double-sided foam tape to hold it onto the box. This gave it a little lift off the box, but also means that if the recipient wants to use the box year-round they can carefully take the bear off the top and have a plain creamy white sparkly box.
What did I make to put in the box as a gift? What happened to this little box? How is it helping the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital? Click here for more information, as the project is now ‘live’ and then you can help, too!