How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box

Vintage Inspired Memento Box

This Vintage Inspired Box is the perfect place to store special mementos for years to come.

For this project,  I started with a Unfinished Cornice Box from Walnut Hollow*

which I lightly white washed with a soft gray chalky finish, stenciled and slightly distressed,

for a warm vintage-feel home décor piece with a soft timeless finish.

The Vintage Inspired Memento Box was sponsored by Walnut Hollow and DecoArts.

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Supplies Used on the Vintage Inspired Memento Box…           (*affiliate links)

How to Create a Vintage Inspired Memento Box…

Directions:

    1. Paint the Cornice Box* with Relic Chalky Finish Paint* (inside and out).
    2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
    3. Add a small bit of water to Everlasting* paint and give the box a quick white wash.
    4. Rub excess paint off the box with a clean soft rag for a slightly distressed look.

5.  Position The French Inn stencil over the top of the box.  Secure the stencil in place with the     painters tape to prevent slipping.  Use stipple brush to apply a mix of Relic, Romance & Everlasting paint to the decorative element in the center of the stencil.
6.  Stencil the remaining open stencil areas with “Relic” paint.
7.  Position and stencil Old French Script pattern onto the sides of box.
8.  Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
9.  Apply Clear Crème Wax onto the inside and outside of the box.  Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.

10.  Spray the brass knobs with black spray paint.
11.  Rub the knobs with Champagne Metallic Lustre Wax and buff.
12.  Glue or Screw knobs in place.

13.  Measure decorative scrapbook paper or wallpaper scraps to fit inside the box.
14.  Apply a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the paper and stick to the sides and bottom of the box.

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Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box

Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box

I am a guest blogger on the Walnut Hollow Blog sharing my Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box.  Make to stop by their blog to check out the full tutorial here.

Supplies Used on the Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box…           (affiliate link)

*The Vintage French Inspired Keepsake Box was created for and sponsored by Walnut Hollow and DecoArts.

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How to Create a Wedding Memories Card Box

I am honored to have had my Wedding Memories Card Box featured as a special project in

DIY Wedding Magazine’s Holiday Issue.

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The Wedding Memories Cards Box is a dual purpose box to hold cards at the Reception

and then to be used later to store the Wedding Memories to be cherished for years to come.

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I started with a plain wood box from Walnut Hollow and Chalky Finish Paint from Deco Art to create a soft timeless finish.

Supplies Used:    (*amazon affiliate links)

Finished Size: 9” x 12” x 3 1/2”

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Directions:

  1. Paint the top portion of the cornice box with “Vintage” Chalky Finish paint and the bottom portion of the box with “Timeless” Chalky Finish paint. (inside and out)
  2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
  3. Position “Mod Quatrefoil” stencil over the top of the box. Secure the stencil in place with the painters tape to prevent slipping. Use stipple brush to apply “Whisper” Chalky Finish paint inside open stencil areas.
  4. Remove stencil.
  5. Position and stencil “Mod Quatrefoil” pattern onto the sides of box.
  6. Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
  7. Apply clear crème wax onto the inside and outside of the box.
  8. Wait one hour and buff box using a soft clean rag.
  9. Measure and apply decorative paper onto the inside of the box.
  10. Tie a long length of Antique White Satin ribbon around the top of the box, tying a bow on the top.
  11. Cut cream cardstock into five 2 1/4” x 3 1/2” pieces.
  12. Stencil the letters to spell “CARDS” onto cream cardstock using the 3” Simple Script Alphabet.
  13. On the inside of the box: Clip the letters onto the ribbon using the mini clothespins.

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This project was sponsored by Deco Arts and Walnut Hollow. 

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Colorful Chalkboard Frame for Kids and grownups

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A simple paint and stencil project, fun for kids or grown ups.

I decided to finish painting this colorful Rustic Pallet Frame* that I started working on

yesterday evening.  As the name suggests, the frame is rustic and somewhat rough.

Because I was planning on stenciling on it…  I sanded the front of the frame to make it smoother.

I wasn’t worried about making it completely smooth.

The Colorful Chalkboard Frame would be a great project to make with the kiddos.

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Directions to make the Colorful Chalkboard Frame:

  1. Sand the front of the frame.
  2. Paint the frame with white acrylic paint.
  3. Paint the top of each pallet section with different acrylic colors.  Sort of a modified rainbow.
  4. Because the stencil had four unique patterns, I decided each color needed its own pattern.
  5. Mask off each section of the wood before stenciling.
  6. Stencil using a stipple brush and white acrylic paint.
  7. Allow to dry completely
  8. To mute to colors:  Lightly sand the frame with a sanding block.  (optional)
  9. For an added sheen:  Apply clear crème wax to front of frame, allow to sit for one hour and buff.
  10. I added a small chalkboard to the inside of the frame.

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*Thanks to Walnut Hollow and DecoArt for providing the materials used on this frame.

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DIY: Mini Crate Make-Over

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DIY Mini Crate Make Over…

Because sometimes a girl changes her mind.

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It all started with this…  My Sweet Earth Day Tea Party Crate. (←original post)

A cute cream and pink crate with a pretty pink flower.

It was perfect for what I wanted at the time.

But… always resourceful, I decided to reuse the mini crate* (*affiliate link) in my work space.

Because my work space has a vintage vibe… a mini make over was in order.

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I took off the flower embellishment and gave the mini crate* a light sanding.

Then I painted the crate with FOLKART Home Decor Chalk, Imperial*.

Being an impatient crafter, I was tempted to start my next color right away.  Make sure to wait.

Allow a couple of hours for the piece to dry before adding the next color.  (trust me)

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Next, I gave the crate a light coating with Black Home Décor paint.

Use a small paint brush to get into those corners.

With a soft, damp, clean cloth, wipe off the black paint to give it an aged distressed look.

I used Tattered Angels Décor in Ebony*.

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If you start to think it looks to dark, just add highlights with the red paint directly over the

ebony paint.  If you like a matte finish, you can stop right here.

I wanted a little more sheen, so I applied FOLKART Plaid Clear Home Decor Wax*.

With the wax, you apply a thin coat, wait one hour and buff with a clean soft cloth.

I’ve always loved furniture with that aged red finish and wanted to give it a try.

Now that I’ve started with something small, (which is always a good idea)

I’ve got my eye on a couple more pieces I’d like to refinish.

FYI:  If you’d like a mini crate like mine you can get it at online at Amazon* or Walnut Hollow.

This project was sponsored by Walnut Hollow, Canvas Corp and Plaid. 

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More Eco Friendly Projects

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My project yesterday was part of a Blog Hop sponsored by Walnut Hollow and Kunin Group.

Our teams are sharing projects that pair both Kunin Group felt and Walnut Hollow wood products to create practical and beautiful home decor, organizing solutions, and entertaining items. You can make these projects all year long, not just for Earth Day. To see more inspiring projects, continue on the hop using the list below:

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Sue Eldred  (that’s ME!)

Beth Watson

Debra Quartermain

Sabrina Alery

Abby Davis

Jennifer Priest

Marilyn Gossett

Laura Kelly

Steph Ackerman

Laura Bray

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Eco Friendly Projects with Walnut Hollow and Kunin Felt

Eco Friendly Projects with Walnut Hollow and Kunin Felts

Today, I’ve teamed up with Walnut Hollow and Kunin Felt, both eco friendly companies,

with some fun projects for Spring.

For my projects I used Walnut Hollow’s:     (*affiliate links)

Earth Day Step Out Collage

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I added Eco-Friendly tableware consisting of Bio-degradable cutlery and Bamboo plates.

Did you know?

Walnut Hollow has always been a huge advocate of environmental sustainability within the art, craft and hobby industry. Walnut Hollow has a strong commitment to environmental initiatives by preserving natural resources through their raw material consumption practices, production processes and recycling activities as well as maintaining an active involvement in the community.

Kunin Felt is made from Eco-fi,® a high-quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled and BPA-free plastic bottles.

Earth Day is April 22nd.  Let’s make a difference.

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