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« on: August 08, 2013 09:56:33 PM »

I’ve come to appreciate the Craftster community because it offers a place to showcase my creative efforts, & also allows me to post tutorials for some of my original creations.  It’s a heady feeling knowing you’ve designed something that someone else would want to copy.  It’s even better when you can show them how.   

I volunteered to teach craft seminars at a motor home rally earlier this month.  Coming up with suitable craft ideas that meet all of the criteria isn't easy.  They must be:

Doable within 2 hours or so.
Easy enough so even a non-crafty person can do it well.
Look fantastic when it's finished.

In this case, I offered a seminar on decorating the tops of 8” square or round photo boxes.  The technique itself is a simple one I’ve used for years with several variations for numerous projects.  The smaller box in the photo was just one I made while “testing” the technique.

Tutorial for a rally Photo Box
Any size/type of 2 piece box works as long as it's sturdy.  I purchased paper mache boxes at Michael’s but recycled candy boxes work great.

It takes:
Paper mache box
Woodsies (thin wooden shapes available at craft stores)
Tissue paper---the gift wrap type.  Save your used paper for this.
Paint in chosen colors including an accent (gold, silver, etc.)
White glue or Mod Podge.
Acrylic spray.
A stiff 1” paint brush
Hair dryer to speed drying

Paint the bottom of the box inside & out.  It will take at least 2 coats.  When it's dry, spray with a protective acrylic coat.

Arrange the Woodsies on the box top in a pleasing design & glue them in place with a dab of glue.  If you're making flowers, you may want to use the twine to make vines & stems.  Just put down a line of glue where you want the stem & lay the twine on top. 

When it's dry, mix white glue or Mod Podge about half & half with water.
Crush a piece of tissue paper into a loose ball & gently smooth it out again, leaving plenty of wrinkles in it.

Paint a large spot of the thinned glue onto the center area of the box top & lay the tissue over it.  Working from the middle to the outer edges, use the brush to gently tamp the tissue down onto the top, pushing the tissue in around the edges of the Woodsies.  If the tissue tears, just repair it with a small piece over the hole.  Don't brush out too many of the wrinkles.  Brush on more glue as needed & continue over the edges to cover the sides of the box top.  Don't cover the inside of the lid.  Cut the tissue even with the bottom of the lid & tamp the ends of the tissue to the lid.

Allow the lid to dry & paint it inside & out---at least 2 coats of paint.

Dry brush a bit of the accent color over the top to highlight the texture & finish with an acrylic spray coat.

« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013 11:51:26 PM »

It looks great!

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013 06:14:47 AM »

The boxes look very expensive and luxurious!

Thanks so much for a simple and doable tutorial!  It really met the criteria!

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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013 06:23:58 AM »

What a great way to transform a simple box! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2013 10:04:29 AM »

What an awesome technique!

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013 01:09:38 AM »

Great tutorial! I love the result, and already see so many possibilities implementing it! Smiley

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