Have you ever woken up on a Sunday morning with nothing to do? That’s what happened to me recently. Saturday mornings are easily filled with things to do, but Sundays are a little harder since the thrift stores are all closed and the few yard sales that are open are usually picked pretty clean by Sunday, so I don’t usually bother. Also, my daughter (and partner in creating) is not usually here on Sundays so I’m on my own.
So this particular Sunday morning I was feeling crafty and rather than work on something to sell, I decided to practice my decoupaging skills. I haven’t done decoupage since I was about 10 or 11 years old and I have a project coming up that will require decoupage, so I thought I’d try it out on something for me to keep.
We have a diabetic in the house and so we had just found ourselves with an empty syringe box. Rather than throwing it into the recycle bin, inspiration came to me on what to use it for. I realized it was the perfect size to store my hot glue gun and the glue sticks in it (which both have been without a home for quite some time).
I went rifling through my supply of scrapbooking paper. I always keep my used pieces of paper because you never know when you can use them with paper punches, etc., so I decided on the color scheme I wanted and wound up with a nice stack of scraps that would easily cover the entire box inside and out.
I started by cutting the top off the box and gluing (with Modge Podge) the side flaps down on the inside. I the cut off the front flap of the top and glued that extra piece of cardboard down on the inside bottom for extra support.
Next it was time to get to work on gluing all the pieces on. I started with the inside and worked my way out and around until the entire box was covered, including the bottom.
Then I went hunting through all my paper punches and I went into scrapbooking mode. I cut some fern leaves and 2 different types of flowers out, and then used a pair of my decorative scissors to cut out some green leaves. I then decoupaged all the foliage onto the box.
Once all the layers were dry, I gave the entire box 2 coats of Modge Podge, inside and out, including the bottom again.
And now I have a cute little box for storing my hot glue gun and glue sticks, along with passing the time on a lazy Sunday morning! I have to say I am quite pleased with the results, too!
- Empty box
- Scrapbooking paper scraps
- Modge Podge
- Scrapbooking scissors
- Scrapbooking paper punches