Recycled Gift Idea: Think Outside The Box {07.08.11}

A few weeks ago, my friend Bridget gave me a bag full of empty boxes. Jewelry boxes, candy boxes, stationery boxes – all different shapes and sizes. She was going to throw them away, but then decided to give them to me in hopes I could turn her trash into treasure. 
That bag of boxes sat in my dudio for weeks – staring me down, challenging me to make something out of nothing. This week, I finally pulled them out and had so much fun! This box was a dark brown jewelry box. I covered it with scraps of pretty papers, using Mod Podge as my sealant. I tore some scraps of paper for an unfinished look, others I cut using crafting scissors. The corners were the trickiest; I used tissue-thin, handmade paper and used it like wrapping paper, folding the corners in around the box and then carefully coating the paper in Mod Podge {I didn’t want it to rip!}. 
I happen to like things that look a little rough around the edges, so I wasn’t concerned about the way my folded papers laid inside the lid of the box and I didn’t mind smudges from the green paint I applied to the bottom half of the box. I purposefully did just one coat so some of the brown bled through, giving the box an aged and imperfect look. When the paper was dry, I stamped the words so blessed along with some striped circles {which I smeared a bit to add a little more character}. 
I kinda love the way it turned out and it was totally fun to give it to Bridget yesterday! 
p.s. Don’t miss my gift for you, too – I’m giving away four $25 gift certificates to my shop! Woot!
Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
Liv Lane