This is a short step by step tutorial on how I made an altered box using the Ciao Bella’s Rice Paper – Sea Travel. I also used flowers from previous month design team hauls. You can find this, and other rice paper, in ASC Supplies’ Esty shop. Again, this rice paper is unlike any other in that it is durable and doesn’t tear easy. This rice paper is defintely my go-to from now on. I love how sturdy it is, but at the same time easily ripped apart for collaging.
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Supplies and tools from my craft room:
Flat paint brush
Art Glitter GlueMod Podge
Round box from Dollar Tree
Folk Art Metallic – Antique Gold (Walmart)
Various types of flowers and leaves
Steampunk buttons from Walmart
Vintage crocheted lace
White plastic word beads
Light Blue skinny sheer ribbon
Metal vintage steampunk clock charms
Nuvo Crystal Drops – Morning DewDistress Oxide Ink – Vintage PhotoStep One: I bought some boxes at the Dollar Tree that are paper and I really wanted to use the round one for this project. I painted the lid and the box with the Folk Art Metallic – Antique Gold and let that dry.
Step Two: While the box was drying I took a dry brush and brushed on some of the gold paint on the flowers and the leaves I used to decorate the box. I used the Morning Dew crystal drops on each of the leaves to give them the look of the morning dew.
Step Three: I cut strips of the rice paper wide enough to go around the box and lid and modge podged them down. I had to cut a couple of smaller strips since I wanted the design to be upright, but the paper wasn’t wide enough to go all the way around. It actually worked out well because the rope on the paper helped when I cut the smaller piece and I was able to line it up so you can’t even tell that it’s two different pieces of the paper. I tore up little pieces of the left over paper to collage onto the top of the lid. Once the Modge Podge was dry I used the Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and distressed all of the edges of both the box and the lid.
Step Four: I took some light blue sheer ribbon and “sewed” it with a needle through the vintage crocheted lace and then hot glued that around the bottom of the lid and the bottom of the box.
Step Five: I decorated the lid by laying down four of the leaves and then adding various flowers around the dark gray flower in the middle. I glued two of the steampunk heart buttons back to back and glued that to the center of the middle flower. Then, I glued a word bead to each side of the lid, as well as some of small metal vintage steampunk clock charms. Once I was satisfied with how everything looked I took the Morning Dew Crystal Drops and added dots randomly on the lid.
I also decorated around the outside of the lower part of the box with the flowers, leaves, and steampunk buttons.
I had enough scraps of the paper left over that I decided to make a matching ornament, which I will be posting a tutorial for in my next blog post.
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