Showing posts with label Burlap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Burlap. Show all posts

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Altered Balsa Wood Gift Boxes

Altered Balsa Boxes

You might recognize this box style from Mr. Chocolate’s birthday. I scooped up a few of them when I got the one for him because they were just too much fun to pass up. And they were $1.

For this project you will need:
  • Balsa Boxes ( Michaels $1.50 towers...when I got mine they were on sale for $1)
  • Burlap and/or scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Washi Tape
  • Embellishments

Printed Burlap

These will hold the girlfriend gifts I shared in my previous two posts, the Garden Lover’s necklace and White Agate Stretch bracelet.  For these, I chose some patterned burlap sold in the paper section and cut to 8.5x11 sheets. I had colors that matched each gift.


I traced around the sides of the box and cut out pieces of the burlap . Then I Mod Podged them onto the sides.

Mod Podged Burlap

Looks like a hot mess. Dries clear. When dry, I sanded around the edges to smooth any rough edges.
Grabbed some coordinating paper scraps from my scrap stash and added those to the boxes along with coordinating washi tape and finished with some Jolee’s Boutique self adhesive buttons.

Closeup Altered Balsa Boxes

Green Burlap Box

Natural Burlap Box

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Galvanized Metal No Soliciting Sign

Or what happens when a non-gardener finds a tomato cage. We are not big on solicitors. Not that we’re mean people but we’re just not people who like other people coming to our door uninvited, and if we need something we tend to go seek it out.  And yet it’s taken me this long to actually put up a “No Soliciting” sign.
No Soliciting Closeup
I had some sheets of galvanized metal I picked up on one of my strolls through the HW store, and for reasons unknown, I always look at tomato cages as “what could I do with that” material. I don’t even love tomatoes, and Martha and I part ways at gardening. But naturally it made sense to use a tomato cage as a stand for my sign right?
I thought hmmm let’s put a finial on top. OK why not! And yes Mr. Lowes man, you do carry finials, and no Mr. Lowes man I’m not some silly woman lost in the HW store making words up! So glad I could help you learn your inventory.
Lowes Wood Finials and Jute
I painted one of the finials taupe and dry brushed it w/ white.
Painted Finial
Then came the uh-oh moment of exactly how are you securing this to the tomato cage genius? So I wired it.
I stuck the screw from the finial in the middle of the three prongs of the tomato cage and then went round and round with some wire. I went over that with some jute twine. This thing doesn’t have to withstand gale force winds so I think it’s OK.
I cut the letters and designs for my sign from white vinyl using my Cricut Expression and then made rolled burlap rosettes and a burlap bow:
No Soliciting Sign
Just to make sure my finial was even more secure I wrapped a couple of strips of torn muslin around it and remembered I had another skeleton key from a Michaels trip in my stash:
No Soliciting Top Closeup
And I also had this little birdcage from Michaels “used to be a dollar” section that I thought would like cute hanging from my stand so I wrapped a bit of jute around it and tied it on:
No Soliciting Birdcage
Now when solicitors are turned away, at least it will be pretty!
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