Monday, September 12, 2011

Don't Forget Link Party Moved

Don't forget the link party has been moved and is over at So Creative from now on. If you haven't yet go link up over there.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Laundry Detergent Box to Storage Box

I didn't do a tutorial for these because it is so simple!

Another item we go through a lot of at my house is Laundry Detergent. I did try the home made laundry detergent, but for my smelly athletic boys, I didn't feel like it was cutting it so we went back to our trusted brand.

One day I was getting ready to throw out the box and noticed how sturdy it was. I thought they would make great storage boxes, so I started saving some. I had just planned on storing things in closets and not decorating them but I had a shelf on my computer desk that needed some storage and I measured the detergent boxes and they were the perfect lengh and width but were too tall. So I cut the top and lid off and cut notches in the front to make it easy to pull them off the shelf. Then  Modge Podged on old book pages and scrapbook paper.

Then glued coffee filter flowers to the front.

The shelf on my computer desk looks much better. Organized with cute boxes! And another nearly free project. I already had everything on hand.

Note: I also covered the inside to keep stray laundry detergent from coming out onto the items in the box.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Link Party Moved

In case you have missed it the link party has been moved to my other blog So Creative and is now So Creative Party Time. Make sure to go check it out and link up all your crafty projects!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Faux Vintage Key Art

I love all the vintage/skeleton key art out there, but I didn't have any keys. I know that you can find them and they aren't too expensive but FREE is even better.

If you would like to make your own Faux Vintage Key Art here is what you will need.....
  • Acrylic Paints in Red, Orange, black and gold
  • Salt
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Thin Cardboard box (cereal, cracker, I used a swiffer refill box).
  • Picture frame
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Bone Folder or pen
  • permanent marker

Trace out the templates onto your box. I just use a pen to trace around the dark areas, then draw the mark on the box with pen and cut it out with an X-Acto Knife.

Mark at least 1/4 inch around the key plate and score around it with your bone folder, or use a pen to make a score line. Flip your piece over and do the same thing on the back in between the outside of the key plate and the score line from the opposite side.

Fold the inside line up and the outside line down around the whole key plate.

Pinch together all the corners.

Get your key plate paints ready, red orange and black (the black I used was metallic).

Paint the key plate black.

With red and orange on your brush, brush and pounce on your paint randomly continue until you have a rusty looking key plate or the desired look you would like mixing some of the paints together for more rusty colors. When you have the look you like, set aside to dry. When dry refold your folds if necessary.

On the keys on the rounds on the key fold your box down on the top and bottom so the round part stands above the rest of the key.

Mix salt in with your gold paint, not too much you want your paint to still be runny but enough to add some dimension.

Paint your key gold and the pounce some of the black on top.

With a permanent marker add lines to your key on the rounded area.

For the frame, I just glued a piece of old newsprint scrapbook paper to a piece of cardboard cut the size of my frame then glued my Vintage Keys and Key Plate to the top and placed in the frame.

On the framed piece I made, I shortened the key plate.


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