Monday, February 07, 2011

Simple Expressions of Love...

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, a dear friend of mine dropped off a sweet little gift -- a small box of assorted chocolates and a little birdie that I love! I wasn't home at the time, so she put it by my front door and sent me a text to let me know that a little something was waiting for me when I got home. Don't you love small and simple expressions of love? I know I do. Sometimes a two-pound box of See's candy fits the bill, but most times a little container with three chocolates is all you need to let someone know they are well thought of and loved.


Along this line here is a simple and inexpensive gift from the heart that you can give this Valentine's Day to someone you love or admire. It combines a paper mache box ($.99) covered with scrapbook paper ($.50) and Mod Podge.You can add a beautiful removable flower made from synthetic fabric scraps to the top of the box and (of course) some chocolate and you have yourself a lovely gift. Let's start with the box...


You can buy these paper mache boxes at any craft store. This one is about 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches tall. It's just a little squirt -- perfect for jewelry or some chocolate pieces. For a more complete tutorial on how to cover a paper mache box, go to this tutorial I created last Spring. This isn't rocket science though, so most likely you'll be able to get the gist of things from looking at the photos below! To cover the bottom of the box: Cut your paper so there is at least a 1/2 inch overlap on each side...


Then paint Mod Podge on both the paper mache box and the scrapbooking paper and adhere the paper to the side of the box. Slit the "overhanging" part of the paper every 1/2 inch, apply Mod Podge to the paper and the box, and glue the paper to the inside of the box. Do the same to the overhang on the bottom of the box. Then apply Mod Podge over all the scrapbooking paper on the box to give it a little sheen.
 

To finish the inside of the box I cut a strip of paper to cover the edges of the scrapbook paper on the inside of the box. Apply Mod Podge over that as well...


To cover the lid of the box just place your lid on the underside of your scrapbook paper and draw a circle around the lid. Then measure the side of your lid (mine was 1/2"), multiply that by 2, and add that amount (1" for mine) to the edge of the circle.


Cut the paper out and apply it with Mod Podge to the top of the box. All that's left is to slit the sides and Mod Podge them to the side wrapping them around to the inside of the lid much like you did the bottom part of the box.

Now all you have to do is make a gorgeous flower...


The flower pattern that I used is one I created about a year ago. Go here to read the post. This pattern is now for sale in my Etsy store. Go here to buy it!  Once the flower was created, I taped it to the top of the box...


I used three different types of fabric for this flower. The first was a soft pink poly satin, the second a white poly satin, and finally a white shimmery organza. I think it's one of my favorite flowers ever because of the different layers of color and texture...


I chose to tape it to the top of the box in case the recipient might eventually want to take the flower off the box and use it in a different way.


I then added a little soft pink crinkle paper and some chocolate kisses.  A Valentine's gift isn't complete without a little chocolate...


This little gift could be considered 3 gifts in one. A little box to hold treasures, a removable flower to be used however the recipient would like and, of course, some chocolate. It's not an expensive gift, but sometimes those small, simple gifts from the heart are the best of all.



Linked to:
Show & Tell Saturday @ Blue Cricket Design
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS Day @ Just A Girl
20 Below Thursday @ Christina's Adventures
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Linky Party @ Love Stitched
Meet Up Monday @ The House Creative

47 comments:

Susi said...

Ohhh...I love this. That flower is absoultely beautiful!

Jan said...

Oh you have out done yourself this time. The box and flower are absolutely beautiful. Love your blog.

Staci said...

Seriously pretty - I'm thinking it's perfect for a Valentine teacher's gift. Once again thank you for the inspiration!

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Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

Lots of great stuff here, I enjoyed my visit. Thanks!

Devonay said...

Love it! The flower is AWESOME! I would love to have the tutorial for it. Thanks!!

Lindsey said...

Love this flower - it's so delicate and beautiful! Pattern please!

Julie Harward said...

That is the sweetest little box..I just love it! I would so love to receive something so sweet! :D

Melissa said...

It is a beautiful little box and I think the flower is fabulous the different textures and colors really add to it.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous flower! I would like to make these as gifts for my daughters. Emailing you for the pattern! Thanks! :)

Denise said...

Love this! It would make a great gift!

Shandra said...

What a cute craft! What a lovely Blog!

Typical Suburban Family said...

Love this! I'm always up for fun and easy projects like this. Thanks for sharing!

Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life said...

Those are so sweet! My girls would love to have one of these for themselves.

I'm keeping this as a fun project idea for them to do one day!

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is so pretty! I love it and I want the candy in it too. :D

Brook said...

So cute! Love the flower-gorgeous!

Room to Inspire said...

What a super sweet gift - I love the addition of the fabulous flower! What a great Valentine project.

Chelsea

Shannon @ Creative Catalog said...

I love that flower! What a great gift idea for Valentines Day! So glad you linked up for the Meet up party! Hope to see you again next week.

Maggie said...

This is a beautiful Valentines Day project. I am so glad I found your blog this morning.

Leslie said...

Your flower is incredibly beautiful. I need that pattern!

Adam said...

Your flower is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have the pattern.

Vicki said...

I love this flower!!! It is elegant. Vicki

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love everything about this one! :)
so precious!
gail

Anny Meng said...

Beautiful this box, but i love your flower..kisses rom Brazil...Ana

Jillian said...

What a cute box and way to show someone you appreciate them!

Mandy Fritsche said...

Love it!

Christina said...

so pretty and girly!! great job!

Thank you so much for linking this to "20 Below Thursday"!!

janet said...

This flower is so gorgeous!! I'm hoping to make corsages for several little ladies at the nursing home we visit for Mother's Day! We would really appreciate the directions!

The Gray Family said...

Gorgeous flower! I just love this project. What fun, easy presents. This has gotten the wheels turning for me.

Janel said...

Beautiful!! I will email you for the pattern as well. Thanks SO much!

GSGC StrongFamily said...

I LOVE the flower- it is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!

chaun said...

Your flower is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have the pattern.My Granddaughter turns 2 in March and I would love to make these as favors.
From: One not so crafty Grandmother

elle said...

Love the rose! Can you send me the pattern?
Christine

Tracy said...

You m-a-d-e the flower? Oh My! I just love how beautiful and full it looks. Sending you an email for the pattern. Thanks again!

barb said...

This is really gorgeous! Thanks!!

Maria Cristina said...

The flower is soo gorgeous! Pattern please? =)

Maria Cristina said...

The flower is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Pattern please? =)

elle said...

Beautiful flower!

elle said...

Love the roe, can you send me the pattern?

Carolyn said...

Does you friend want another friend--I'm applying for the spot if she does. How fun is that. Thanks for sharing.

chezmarie1 said...

love the box and flower and would love the pattern. thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Marie

Natasha said...

I'm a first time visitor to your blog and I'm hooked! Thanks for all of the great ideas. I would love to get this pattern from you!

Trish-Ladybug said...

First time to visiting your Blog
it's awesome..came over from
The Magic Bean Blog...
Love the Box and Flower..Would
love having the pattern from you...
Please...
Blessings
Trish-Ladybug

jazzo said...

Your flowers are gorgeous! You are so creative, love all that you do.

jazzo said...

Love your flowers. You are so very creative, love all that you do!

Tena said...

The pink fluffy flower is beautiful! Will you please email me the pattern. My email address is tenalee_5@hotmail.com Thank you so much. I just found your blog today. I am also going to make some of your. Ute owl heating pads. Thanks for sharing! Is it ok if I pin you on Pintrest? :-)

Tena said...

I love you fluffy pink flower! Will you please email me the pattern and how to's? My email address is tenalee_5@hotmIl.com. I also am going to make your cute owl heating pads. Thank you so much for sharing! Is it ok if I pin you on Pinterst? :-)