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Day 16: 31 Day Challenge – Treasure Box

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Today I am going to go teach a craft Birthday party at collage, which is something DIY Lounge has been doing for years.   At this party we will be making treasure boxes. I needed to make up a sample for the party and I thought it would be wise if I made a gift for my friend Astrid, who has a Birthday coming up.

I buy cigar boxes from time to time so that I can host this type of party.  It’s great because you can get cigar boxes from various tobacco shops for next to nothing and some of them, as with this one are completely beautiful!  I think I paid either $.50 or a $1.00 for this one.  I can’t remember, I’ve had them a while.

The first thing I did was remove the stickers.  Usually I leave them on or collage over them with Mod Podge and interesting paper ephemera, but I wanted this one to be really clean with buttons as the detailing. You can see here that I made an “A” out of the buttons on the top and the front.  I adhered the buttons to a piece of felt cut in an oval shape to hide the lettering on the box.   I used hot glue on the high temperature to attach the buttons to the felt and then to attach the felt to the box.

Day 16: Treasure Box

Here you can see that I removed the lid so that you can see the detailing of the buttons better.

My thought was that I would find out when I will be seeing my friend next and then fill the box with cookies or biscotti or something.  What is nice about this size box is that if Astrid wants to she could use this as a recipe box , a jewelry box or a box for randomness.

Happy Birthday, Astrid!  I wonder if you will find this post before I give this box to you?  Let’s find out.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!