Sunday, July 31, 2016

Altered Shabby Chic Box

Hi friends!  I hope things are going well for you.  Can you believe August arrives tomorrow (although it has already in some parts of the world)?

My project today began with a small box I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I first gave it a coat of gesso followed by two coats of Martha Stewart Summer Linen paint.  Then the fun began.  The inside of the box and the top of the lid were covered with paper from Prima's Tea Thyme collection.  After that, I just started covering everything with various laces and trims from Joann's and some that were gifted to me by a dear friend.  I used Fabric Tac to adhere everything.

Here it is finished.  The resin piece in the front is from Melissa Frances.  The large fabric flower on the lid is my first attempt at making one.  I used a rhinestone button from Joann's for the flower center.  The glittered flower is from Recollections.  You can barely see the decorative metal legs by Spare Parts that I placed at each corner.

You can see the details of the lid better here.  The Spellbinders butterfly was cut from cardstock as well as vellum for a layered look.  I tucked a Prima diecut leave under the larger flower.

In this photo, you can see the butterfly with pink pearls from Recollections a little better as well as some small velvety Petaloo flowers and leaves.  The pearl spray is from a friend.

On the back corner, I added a little bow with a charm that reads "Made with Love."  It actually helps hide where the trim was joined together.

Last but not least is a photo of the inside of the box and lid.  It was a bit tricky trying to get that tiny trim to adhere to all the edges and corners.  My fingers didn't have a lot of room to work in!

This box was made for a swap with a sweet friend.  I wanted to make it extra special as she has been so kind to me.

I know this post was a bit longer than usual, but I hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!


  1. what a beautiful shabby chic box! Love all the trims, lace, flowers and bling! I know your sweet friend will love it!

  2. Oh my goodness Patty, this is adorable and so very pretty. Loving all the lace.
    Hugs, Julie x

  3. Oh yes August here already, now sure where the days are going!! hehe.. Your little box is oh so pretty, love all the lace, and love the butterfly too.. a very feminine keepsake! I hope you are having a great day!

  4. Oh wow Patty! So beautiful! What an elegant gift box! Love all the lace and shabby detail!

  5. Wow, this is gorgeous! You do shabby chic so well!

  6. Oh Patty, this is spectacular! It's perfectly frilly and soft... the amount of lace is just stunning. You have designed this so beautifully. Gorgeous work. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. Love, love this sweet girly vintage box, my friend! All the trims are soooo pretty! Love your flowers, too! <3
    And happy birthday week, this week! Hope you get to celebrate big!

  8. Oh, how very lovely, Patty! So shabby delicious with all the pretty trims, flowers, butterfly, and resin piece! Your friend will treasure it I'm sure!!!

  9. Oh wow Patty!! This is just scrumptious!! I think I would love about a hundred of these all around my craft room full of buttons and flowers! What a shabby beauty with all the soft tones and yummy laces! This is one of my favs for sure!! hugs :)

  10. Wow Patty! This is beautiful shabby chic box! I love it!
    hugs -Peninia Art

  11. Wow...Beautiful project,love this shabby box !!!