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Tea Bag Box or Vintage decide

I am so excited for October to finally be here.  That means cooler temps in the desert and Halloween décor!  Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year to decorate for.  I guess I love all things creepy. 


This month the Design Team is altering boxes.  Boxes of all kinds and shapes.  I think this is gonna be fun!

I began my project with a cute little box that tea bags come in.  We have all seen these and I don't know about you, but I HATE recycling them.  I am always trying to come up with something cute to do with them, well, I decided to turn the cute little lemon ginger tea box into a vintage creepy crypt! 

This is how things started...

And, then with the addition of black and cream craft paint the cardboard box became a stone grave.

(I hope you saw Trisha's project yesterday, but she also altered a box.  Her variation involved a baseball card box transformed into a tea bag chest and boy was I impressed.  We must have been channeling our inner tea time recently.  You can see her post HERE.

Next, I began adding a bit of gothic cheese cloth, scraps of floral paper and adorable vintage collage Halloween images.  Specifically, I used images from Halloween Horribles and Happy Halloween collage sheets.   I also added bits from the Optical Odditites Old Curiosity Shoppe 12 x 12 paper from Graphic 45

You can see in the pic above how I toned down the floral images.  I used the same black and cream craft paint...just watered down quite a bit.  I brushed it on and smeared it with my finger tip to get an aged, not so vibrant look.
I also added a bit of vintage text page on the back of the crypt.  If you follow this blog, you already know that I incorporate vintage text or music sheet into so many of my projects.  It is versatile, adds interest and it is easy to work with.

Next, I added a fun little plastic skeleton (from the dollar store) to the top of the crypt.  He looks like he is emerging from his tomb.  He was added with a dab of hot glue where everything else was adhered with the ever versatile Aleene's Tacky Glue. 

Check back for the remainder of the month to see all the amazing box transformations we come up with. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph S.


  1. a brilliant project! perfectly spooky. thanks for the great tutorial! xo

  2. JUST WOW. Pure creativity to take that humble little box and make a horrifying crypt. Thanks.


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