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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!

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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. 


heart shaped bowl, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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! 


wooden box with glue, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
white washed wooden box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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.  
decoupaged hearts on side, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
decoupaged heart on top of box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
inside of box with fabric on the bottom, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
heart shaped bowl inside box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
box with chocolates inside, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
outside of box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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?)
subtle hearts on outside of wooden box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
I honestly don’t know how long those chocolates are going to last, they are calling my name!
chocolates inside of heart shaped bowl in wooden box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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!
box and heart shaped bowl with chocolates, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
wooden box with decoupaged hearts, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
I have to admit I really love the colors that I used and the fabrics are perfect for the subtle look I was after. 
hearts decoupaged onto an old wooden cigar box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com
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). 

Now scroll down and add all of your Valentine’s Day projects!

An old cigar box, white washed and decoupaged into a gift box, Valentine's Day Wooden Gift Box www.theboondocksblog.com #repurpose #Upcycle #ValentinesDay #Heartshaped #Decooupage #whitewashedbox #giftbox
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debbie-dabble

Saturday 4th of February 2017

Thanks so much for hosting!! I am just starting to post my Valentine's Decorations so will be linking up a few more posts in the next week or so... Hugs Deb

Mary

Saturday 4th of February 2017

Debbie I'm glad you were able to join us. Yes we do have about a week left till Valentine's day so you have plenty of time to link up. Enjoy your weekend.

Tania

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Love your little box you created, did you try Goo-Gone to get the glue remains off? I've had good luck with that. I'm glad to see the party will be open for awhile, I plan to have some Valentine's Day posts but just haven't gotten to them yet! Tania

Mary

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Tania I don't know what that is. In fact I never expected to have so much trouble with it. I'll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks. And we'll be looking forward to seeing your projects here too.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Mary, this is darling! You managed to come up with the best ways to recycle objects and this wooden gift box for Valentine's Day is no exception! Great job in making this!

Mary

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Gail thank you so much. I had so much trouble with this one I ended up writing the post last night. But everything turned out for the best in the end.

Jasmine

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Mary, this is a beautiful wooden box. It gives me great pleasure to see that one of my ideas inspired great ideas on others. It gives a bit more meaning and value to what we do in blogging, hopefully give others inspiration and a bit of beauty. Thank you!

Mary

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Thank you Jasmine. I was racking my brain trying to come up with a project when I saw yours. And that is when the light bulb came on! And just in time too because I was running out of days. I really love your project with the overlapping trees.

Keri

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Mary, I really like how you decorated the cigar box, that glue was being a stinker huh?!! The paint and fabric are lovely. The chocolate looks delicious. I hardly go to thrift stores because the prices are usually higher than I like to pay for second hand stuff. However I always thought that the Salvation Army was cheaper with their prices but then again you're in New York so maybe that has something to do with the higher prices. That's one of the reasons I love garage sales, the prices are usually irresistible.

Mary

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Keri it was my first time at a thrift store, I really didn't know what to expect. But I'm glad I shopped my house instead. I guess I'm lucky that my dad doesn't throw anything away. I too like going to yard sales but right now I don't know if there are any going on. I mean it is kind of cold and there was snow... That's ok everything worked out in the end. :)

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