Friday, 10 May 2013

Bohemian Floral Altered Box

I have boxes, some are plain, boring brown ones, others are fancy Gorjuss tins, some are re-purposed ice cream tubs - this box was a Christmas gift box, it was black with red and gold images on both the sides and the lid. I use it to store ribbon rolls and it hides in the cupboard when not in use. I decided to pretty it up!!!

I took the lid, gesso'd around the edges and while it dried dug out my Craftwork Cards Bohemian Goody Bag (this is from last year but I loved it so much I bought extra plain and glittered papers in their January Sale!) I used Mod Podge to adhere a sheet of paper to the lid - it has a bird in a cage design with keys and musical notes in the background.

My hot glue gun was put into action to attach the lace around the edges of the lid - I chose a wide lace so it would cover the edges and hang down around the box - and then again to attach the pearl beading around the lid.

If you've seen my blog before, you may be aware that I love my paper flowers! I have been known to sit and make them - 'just cos' and some of the aforementioned tins are in fact full of blooms ready for the next project! These lilac boho blooms, however, did not come out of a tin!!! I sat watching some tv and created the mini blooms from glittered die cuts from the goodybag. The card candi attached is lilac with white spots and the tiny rolled centres have liquid pearls in too.

The rolled paper roses at the bottom left corner were die cut using Marianne Creatables Chinese Rose - the leaves are also from this set. Again they were cut from glittered boho papers. The top right corner has the same candi, crushed, with lavender Stickles in the centres. Crackle Accents was used on the key image at the top right near the candi for extra effect and some Lace stickles on the image of the bird printed in the cage.

The die cut birdcage comes from a new Craftwork Cards goody box and i've coloured it with a lilac promarker to match the papers, adding lace and lavender stickles to highlight it. The two glittery birds were cut from the glittered boho paper using a template also from Craftwork Cards. Some narrower decorative lace fills the gaps on each side.

The four sides of the box have been covered with more of the glittered paper stock - I was considering adding some dimension to the sides but this is still very much a used, practical item, it's full of ribbon as I type, so I think I will leave it as is.

I have ordered some lace to add to the corners where the paper meets on the sides - but mr postman hasn't brought it yet! I will try and post an updated piccie as and when it gets done! It may take some time... I have several projects on the go right now - cant wait to show you all! Stay tuned!

mo xxx


  1. What a lovely the lace and all the pretty embellishments x

  2. This s gorgeous, so pretty and feminine xx

  3. Beautifully decorated box. It's delightful .

  4. Lovely, like the birde and cage x

  5. THis is so pretty, and you have done a wonderful job on this box.

    (Crafty Bloggers Network DT)

  6. wow this is so pretty great job x

  7. WOW A fabulously decorated box. I love the lid :)

    Linda xxx

  8. Such a pretty box, the beautiful colour and lovely embellishments.

    Sylv xx
    Crafty Bloggers Network DT

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous, you are very talented xxx