Sunday, July 8, 2018

Shabby Chic Embellishment Box

Recently, I tried my hand at altering a small plastic tool box (measuring about 5x7 inches) for a swap.  I must admit I was a bit intimidated by it; however, I gave it a whirl!  Here it is.

First, I gave the lid a coat of off-white paint and crackle paste.  After it dried, I couldn't see any crackling.  On to Plan B which was to cover the lid in a lacy fabric.  I then went through my stash and pulled out various trims, appliques, flowers, etc.  The flower to the left of the beige center flower was made by me using some trim and a pretty pearl cluster for the center.  I added a glittery bird for a touch of whimsy.  Here are some photos of the box from various angles.

Inside I added an assortment of trinkets and do-dads that can be added to different kinds of projects.  If you click on each photo, you can get a larger view of things.

Well, there you have it--my first altered embellishment box.  It wasn't quite so intimidating once I got started!

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each one and enjoy reading them.  Have a wonderful week ahead!


  1. I love altered boxes Patty and this one is so pretty for holding all these trinkets.
    Julie x

  2. Wow I think your plan B worked so well! Love how pretty it looks, and what a handy box to have with all those goodies inside it too!

  3. Your box is beautiful, Patty! Plan B with the fabric looks amazing, and I LOVE the assortment of flowers and the bird! So love how the bird pops up from the box! And filled with sweet treasures, too!

  4. Oh, my! What a stunning altered tool box! Lovely lace, fabric, and bird! A wonderful way to keep all your craft treasures!

  5. Patty, this is just sooo sweet! I'm so happy to see you break out of your comfort zone and alter this box! Just in case you want to enter it, we have a "B" Happy challenge over at Frilly and Funkie this would be perfectforHugs!

    Sorry about the cat was keyboarding!

  6. Great and beautiful work, wonderful atmosphere :)Box is beautiful, Patty! :)

  7. Holy cow, this is freaking gorgeous!! I've always wanted to make myself a trinket box, and I would swoon if I could do something this dreamy! WOW!!! What a transformation from a plain plastic container to this!!!

    It's been quite the busy summer for me so far. I've had a baby Sparrow, a baby Grackle, a baby raccoon, two injured squirrels, a family of sick red squirrels and the last of the hawk attack victims!! I'm almost thankful for the sweltering heat outside, makes me feel like I'm not missing much when I'm stuck in the house all day. lol. The patio does make a great place to spend 5 minutes when I have it though! I do hope you have been enjoying your summer and having nice weather. Sending hugs and wishes your way!