Today I am getting together with some blogger friends in order to bring you a whole lot of Valentine's Day Inspiration and a link party. My contribution is a Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box.
For all you bloggers out there add your Valentine's Day crafts. The party will be open till February 13th. And for the rest of you folks I know you will find lots of fun ideas here so you can create your own personal Valentines Day Craft. And we have plenty of time to get ready!
I had wanted to find a box to turn into a Valentine's craft. Well I dragged my son and his friend all the way to the salvation army store looking for a box.
There were rooms and rooms of stuff. This was my first time there and it was a bit overwhelming. So much stuff and even a few boxes. But I was out of luck. All the boxes were overpriced. At least they were for me, who is used to free. I found some boxes, but the price was $10. I could have gotten a new one for that price at Michael's. Instead I bought this. It was on sale for $2.
Not exactly a box, but it was a start.
As for the box. I went back home dejected and looked around my dad's stash and came up with an old wooden cigar box. It had all sorts of labels on it. I tried really hard to get them off, really I did! I even got my dad involved. We tried sanding, we tried alcohol, and even grease. But in the end all I did was remove the wood around the glue.
Here is a picture of the sanded side and you can see the rectangular shape which is the stubborn glue. It has now officially been renamed the cigar box from glue hell!
In the end I decided to just go with it and come what may! I first white washed the box. I simply added paint and then using a rag just wiped it off.
Then I cut out fabric hearts using the ceramic bowl as a template. I figured since I had bought it I might as well get some use out of it. I used the bottom of the ceramic bowl to cut out these hearts. I then decoupaged the fabric hearts onto the box using Mod Podge. I had found this idea over at Eccentricities by JVG. You can see Jasmine's idea here.
I did the same thing on top but made the heart a little bigger by using the top of the ceramic heart as a template. Easy peasy and no fancy machines here.
I painted the inside white and then added a fabric bottom. I cut out a piece of cardboard and then glued the fabric onto it. Once dry I placed it on the bottom.
And my box was finished. I then placed the heart shaped bowl inside and added some candy. I just had to use that bowl for something.
I love the way those hearts look. And I think because I did not go all out red, it is a box that can be used all year long. (Are we seeing a pattern here with my projects?)
I honestly don't know how long those chocolates are going to last, they are calling my name!
Did I solve the glue problem? I have never seen such stubborn glue before. Looking at it now, you would not guess that this was the cigar box from glue hell!
I have to admit I really love the colors that I used and the fabrics are perfect for the subtle look I was after.
This was a roundabout way of making a project. Looking for a box and finding a bowl instead! I'm glad I didn't buy a box. Instead I used the cigar box from glue hell and transformed it into something pretty.
And that Salvation Army store was an eye opener for me. Have you ever been to one? What did you buy.
And even better this Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box can be used all year long (my favorite part).
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Link up below and check out what my co-hostesses have been up to for Valentine's Day. Make sure you come back to see all the new ideas that will be added to the link party.
Across the Boulevard
The Boondocks Blog
Purple Hues and Me
My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Olives & Okra
Sew Crafty Crochet
Stone Cottage Adventures
Two Chicks and a Mom
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.