A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Monday, May 23 News:  It's time to vote!  Which Craftster member rocked dollar store crafting?  Cast your vote here!
Total Members: 305,630
Currently Running With Scissors:
544 Guests and 19 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Creek-inspired storage box  (Read 6407 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
Dragonflower
Ecraftic
Offline Offline

Posts: 2545
Joined: 05-Aug-2006

YAY!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« on: September 08, 2011 09:47:47 AM »

I was working on a rock swap when this challenge was announced, and already had the idea to do this project. My favorite thing to do on a summer day is wander along and through a creek. My partner is from Florida, where apparently they don't have creeks like ours: covered with pebbles and shallow and wading-friendly, and not full of alligators.  Cheesy
I made her this box, inspired by splashing around in a cool stream on a hot day:


I had initially planned to paint the sides, but decided I preferred a light stain:


The circles on the top were meant to emulate the ripples you get when you drop a stone in water:


It has scrapbook paper of a rocky stream inside:


I was so pleased with the results! Absolutely worth every brain cell I killed with superglue fumes.  Cheesy
It was very hard to give away, but I think jeannettew32 loved it, so I'm happy to know it's being appreciated in its new home.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

In the end, only kindness matters.
momcuellar
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011 10:19:20 AM »

I like this box lots!!   I have an old cigar box that would be perfect for something like this.  My favorite, though, is the paper inside.  Love, Love.
 
Izzy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Catch a Falling Star & Put It In Your Pocket, Never Let It Fade Away.
Catch a Falling Star & Put It In Your Pocket, Save It For A Rainy Day.
hgddm
Offline Offline

Posts: 4105
Joined: 20-Jan-2010

What a piece of work is man!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011 11:07:13 AM »

This is very cool! Lucky you to have fun creeks for wandering in! Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Witchhippie
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 11:21:09 AM »

I am so glad you decided not to paint it. I love it. It looks much better in person and it looks really good in this picture, so Im sure you can imagine its beauty!  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. - Mary Kay Ash
craftster_kitten2007
Offline Offline

Posts: 231
Joined: 11-Oct-2005

Well-behaved women rarely make history.


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011 12:04:12 PM »

So it's just super glue for the rocks? Did they hold ok? I've got a bunch of pebbles that I'd love to do something like that with but worried about the hold.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
schizo319
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011 01:56:29 PM »

Oh, that's just lovely!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
sheepBlue
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Online Online

Posts: 7223
Joined: 10-Aug-2008

Crafting to keep insanity at bay.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011 07:21:45 PM »

This is a beautifully composed piece of functional art! I love the rings of color in the rocks.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Dragonflower
Ecraftic
Offline Offline

Posts: 2545
Joined: 05-Aug-2006

YAY!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011 08:39:17 AM »

Thanks for the kind words! Smiley

I am so glad you decided not to paint it. I love it. It looks much better in person and it looks really good in this picture, so Im sure you can imagine its beauty!  Grin

Smiley That makes me happy!

So it's just super glue for the rocks? Did they hold ok? I've got a bunch of pebbles that I'd love to do something like that with but worried about the hold.

I used the gel kind of superglue because it takes just a little bit longer to set and that gave me a teeny bit of wiggle room to get the rocks set right. But....it took a lot (A LOT!) of superglue! I mean, like a ridiculous amount. It does seem to be really securely glued though. I'd like to make one for myself too, so I'm thinking of trying gorilla glue.

I initially planned to use pea gravel, but when I did some practice runs that was too big overall. Some of the tiny pebbles came from creeks nearby, and I did use a few pieces of pea gravel, but I mostly used aquarium rocks. They seemed to consistently be about the right size. Just fyi, sorting the rocks was the part of this that took the longest. (but was fun- yay rocks!)
« Last Edit: September 09, 2011 08:47:33 AM by Dragonflower » THIS ROCKS   Logged

In the end, only kindness matters.
margiej
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2011 04:02:58 PM »

What a great box!  And I think Superglue goes down as one of the greatest inventions of last century, along with WhiteOut for typing (even if we seldom use a typewriter nowadays), cellphones and microwaves! 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Too bad I don't hear voices, I would enjoy the company
WWW.PINTEREST.COM/MARGARETCJOY
alwaysinmyroom
Craftalongs Moderator
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Make All Things, especially from stash
Offline Offline

Posts: 33159
Joined: 12-Feb-2006

Make all the Things!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2011 12:26:59 PM »

This is a beautiful tribute to the nature around us...there is something so calming seeing your arrangement of stones...and you can almost see the water that once covered your little pebbles...beautiful work on the inside as well...love how you have taken something we probably all have taken for granted and created something special for someone...
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



How-To Videos
How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween
How a Native American Drum Is Made
Pumpkin Carving 101
How to Arrange Cymbidium Orchids in Cylinder Vase
Halloween Flower Decoration Ideas
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Painted Background
Easy Summer Salads
Meatless Monday: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.