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Floral trinket box

With all the awesome flowers available at Altered Pages, I had no problem finding something in my stash to decorate. This is a simple little trinket box that would make a great gift or even just shelf decor.

Supply List:
Substrate - paper mache heart shaped box (from my stash) But you could use this too
Paper flowers - These are from Little Bird and they can be used on ANYTHING!
Scrapbook paper
matte paint
paper adhesive
Embellishments I used some little stars from my stash but any of our embellishments would look great!

Here are a few of the items I started with.

First I want to trace the shape of the box on to the REVERSE side of the paper pattern I want to use.  I did have to trim it down a bit to remove the extra (if you don't want to measure, it's really not a big problem. I just eyeballed the thickness of the sides and trimmed that off all around) that way you have the initial shape of your item. I find that the paper mache items can be uneven sometimes so when I am covering them with paper, I always use the piece I am going to cover, to trace my design with.

After tracing, cutting and trimming each piece, here I have glued the heart shapes in their corresponding piece. I like to start with the inside of the piece so that I can see if I need to use paint or something else to cover any gaps I might have. These were trimmed a little oversize so I ended up just pushing them in and the overage would get covered by another paper.

I then fussy cut the lady and the star images from the matching paper pack. I used another part of the paper pack (the film roll design) inside the lip of the box. ** Cautionary tale.. If the item you are covering has a lid that is really tight fitting, you do NOT want to cover the inside rim of the lid, as it will cause it to no longer fit. Also avoid putting anything on the upper part of the box itself (where the lid will set) as you will have the same problem.  In this case my lid was a little loose so I took the liberty of doing this step **

Here I took another paper from the same series and covered the inside (sides) of the heart shape and cut out the top piece for the lid, also from matching paper... I painted the outside of the box and the outside edges of the lid with matte paint. You can use whichever type of paint you like, however as I said above **, if the lid is tight to begin with, you want to leave the edge of the box bare or your lid will not fit. Here you could also use paper to cover the sides - same rules apply for lid.

Once I decide which flowers and embellishments I want, I glue them on. I used a bit of crackle paste on the edge of the lid and directly on top of the bead in the large flower, to give it a little texture and shine. It does not show well in photo but in person, it's really very pretty. You could leave that step out or use paint, gloss or matte finish or another type of textured medium. I also put a coordinating silk ribbon, tied into a bow, on the outside of the piece.




I hope these gorgeous paper flowers inspire you to create your own version of this trinket box.
Jen @ Dog-Ma Studio


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