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Monday, March 14, 2011


Painted pressed paper box
Sometimes you just need someplace to put your trinkets, treasures, jewelry, gifts, or other little bits. They come in all shapes and sizes, can be made from all sorts of materials, and can be decorated in a variety of ways.

I painted a fire-inspired marbling effect on the round pressed paper box that can be found at most craft stores. I accented it with the black swirls and sealed it with an acrylic spray sealer to keep the paint nice and to give it a nice shine. It's just the right size to hole loose chance emptied from a pocket, rings, bracelets, a necklace, worry dolls, little notes, a set of keys, or other little bits.

The pressed paper boxes are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in all sorts of ways. I have a few that are small, dollhouse size.

The heart shaped box is made from fuseable beads and a heart shaped form. Using the heart shaped form I made two full hearts, one for the bottom of the box and one for the lid, fusing them per the directions with the special iron paper and an iron. Then I made three hearts that were just the outline of the heart to form the walls. Using a needle and thread I attached the bottom and the three side pieces to form a box. For the one pictured, I used a few stitches to attach the lid and make it flip up.

Fuse Bead Box
 There are a lot of things you can do with the fuse beads, available in kits the include the pegboards, special paper, and special fusing beads or beads and boards separately. We used the beads at one camp and I have used them with kids I have watched around home to make boxes, coasters, sun catches, dice, magnets, and other little things to hang and decorate with. (Check Out these pegboard forms) (Oriental Trading Co. Supplies) (Perler Bead Supplies)

The folded paper box is another nice little box that is versatile, easy to make, and a nice touch for certain things. They are a nice added touch for gift giving that can be made to preferred size. I use them for all sorts of  little things and gift giving.

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