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Organized Trinkets – Altered Wooden Box

As September’s ‘Organise Yourself’ theme goes on, I prepared an altered box tutorial, which I called Organized Trinkets. It originally was a tea box but since I have a lot of tea tins already, I decided to give it a new purpose 🙂 I wanted it to be user friendly – easy to clean and with a flat lid. In this case, my chosen way of embellishing was the paper collage technique.

Let’s get started!

First, I glued some bits and pieces (fabrics, threads, paper, tape) for texture and gessoed the whole surface.
Then I assembled some pictures to arrange a nice collage.

Next step was about adding colours. I played with browns, copper, naples yellow and gold.
To achieve some interesting results, I used various tools for applying the paint such as spatula, brush and sponge.

After applying all the paint layers, I randomly sanded the whole box to bring darker colours out.
This gave it a nice worn look.

Time for stamps and stencils!
It took me a while to decide which stencil to use – the choice has finally fallen to harlequin:)
The circles were made with a cap and acrylic paint.

Now to collaging! Some re-arrengements were made and some embelishments added to achieve this final look:

Hope you find my tutorial inspiring:)

Have an extremely creative final days of September!!


Materials used:

Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Copper
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint French Roast
Architextures Junque Pack Parlour
Architextures Junque Pack Warehouse
Architextures 12×12 paper Art Wall
Architextures 12×12 paper Painted Doors
Architextures 12×12 paper Market Signs
7gypsies Gypsy Moments 12×12 paper Poses and Reflections
packaging cutouts, stencils, stamps, scissors, glue, white gesso, sandpaper

'Organized Trinkets – Altered Wooden Box' have 2 comments

  1. October 1, 2018 @ 6:36 am Shannon Yates

    Thank you for the tutorial about how to alter the box. The ‘after’ is really cool; I love the collage with all the texture and especially that dog standing by the door. He adds a fun dimension!!


  2. October 8, 2018 @ 10:08 pm Jessica Larios

    Love this upcycled project and the colors! Just fabulous! 🙂 Thank you for sharing dear.


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