I came up with this idea after buying a really cute Totoro music box for my best friend, and then deciding that the tiny little music box just needed...a little bit more
. So I got an inexpensive wooden craft box, and went to with a will!
(All of these pictures are from before the clear coat / final box assembly / hot-glued wooden bead box feet. I couldn't do the last two until after the clear coat, and I just can't take good pictures of shiny things with my camera! So I took the pics before.)
Here's the mass of materials (click for big):
I used 30 cent sample packs of wood stain from Lowes for the inset panels, then painted the rest.
Here's the handpainted top of the box:
I used the old 'print out the picture, cover the back with charcoal pencil, then flip and trace it' ploy for the outline.
Inside the packed box:
The soot sprite idea came from this thread right here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191489.0
But I can't knit, so I just crocheted a simple ball with hairy black yarn and sewed on some felt eyes. This idea is so awesome, thank you to sara_dippity for sharing it!
I only made a pattern for the little green totoro (click for big). Just add on some simple triangle shapes for ears and sew on any embellishments / facial features.
For the little white one, I just cut out his shape plus a football shape for his bottom so he'd sit up. I used regular seed beads and circles of felt for their eyes.
And the little leaf bundle that started it all unwrapped:
Here are the shapes that I used for the leaves in the leaf bundle (click for big):
I just sewed little dotted lines for the leaf veins.
Hope you guys enjoy this project as much as I did!