Sometimes you save something without a specific plan in mind for it but because you know based on the design that it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover. At least that’s the way my brain works and was the case with this project. Mr. Chocolate gave this to me a few years ago for Easter ( filled with chocolate of course) but ever getting it I’ve wanted to play with the basket itself because it was perfect for altering.
The shape and surface of this basket made it really easy to alter. I chose the Primrose Stack from DCWV which is a gorgeous combination of Spring designs and color.
The papers are gorgeously patterned so there was no need to really stamp or alter them. I used a couple of the fully patterned sheets and one sheet with borders for the basket. Using the basket as a tracing template, I cut pieces to cover each side and then coordinated with pieces from the border sheet. I used Mod Podge to apply the papers to the basket and then painted the sides and handle with white craft paint.
Unlike the rest of the country , we’ve had a mild Winter and early Spring and I’ve been picking up fallen twigs and branches while out on walks. I grabbed a handful of these and combined them with rolled roses and leaves made from the paper scraps to decorate each side of the basket.
I haven’t quite decided what I’m putting in my basket yet but I like looking at it just on its own.
A few weeks ago I picked up some of the Heidi Swapp “Marquee Love” letters at Michaels when they were 50% off. I chose our initials and the ampersand symbol, but between not having much creating time lately and not being able to decide whether I wanted to paint, glitter, or paper the letters they’ve been sitting here staring at me. I finally had time and made a decision that I would paint them and go for a galvanized metal look. I've seen real metal galvanized marquee letters for over $100 each and while yes would they be wonderful to have....not for that price!
For this project you will need:
Heidi Swapp Marquee Love letter kit …each box contains a letter, a template to use if you’re going to use paper , light string and bulb covers
Acrylic paint ( I used Folk Art Steel Gray)
The letters come with holes in them so you can place the lights evenly. There’s also an instruction sheet to help you place the letters in the right order.
Paint the letters. I used two coats of the Steel Gray and didn’t worry about covering evenly since I wanted a distressed metal look. Once your letters are dry, flip over and place your lights. Each letter comes with a guide sheet so you get them in the right order.
Once you have the lights placed, flip over and attach the light covers.
I think they look great lit or unlit and the battery holder has an easy on and off switch.
The letters retail for $12.99 each but with them being on sale I was able to get all three for under $20 which is far less than real metal letters would have cost.