Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sprucing up a Store Bought Container

Recently Mom bought a paper mache type container that she is going to have filled with flowers for her secret sister (at her card club).  It was nice but I thought it would be fun to spruce it up a bit.

So, here is what it started out as....

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Since it's going to be holding flowers we're going to first get rid of the tiny ribbon handle. 

Next, to give it a more vintage feel I applied Sepia Ink using my Ink Blending Tool to the entire container...even over the image.

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I thought about adding a layer of clear micro beads to the image (because Mom LOVES them) but I figured since it was going to be filled w/flowers and handled quite a bit I'd go with something a bit more durable.   So I applied a layer of Stickles Glitter Glue to the image to give it a bit of pizazz. 

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After the glitter was dry I decided to frame the image up by adding a bit of Dresden Trim around the edges. 

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Really sets it off and makes it pop huh?

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Remember the very inexpensive garland that I salvaged from the Big Lots Easter Decoration?   Well I thought the purple would make the violets in the image really pop so I added it to the top and bottom edge of the container using double sided sticky tape.
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Then since it's going to house flowers I thought it would be nice to make a matching bow to add to them once it's finished.  I pulled out my Distress Stains and a bit of seam binding. 

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Wet, ink and crinkle and I now have a pile of fun ribbon to use.
Notice the flowers - those are tiny white flowers that I used to soak up the excess ink left over on the craft mat.  Those will be great to use on another spring-y project!

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And here it is ready for flowers...

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I'm going to see if Mom won't take a pic of it filled before she gives it to her SS.   If she can I'll be sure to share it with you :)
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So, if you're in the store and see an "average" decoration
remember you can always take a bit of time and spruce it up a bit to make it beautiful!

9 comments:

  1. This is fabulous Roni! I love the touch with Stickles, really makes it look vintage!

    Elaine Allen

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  2. Much improved! SS will love it!

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  3. Really fabulous Roni! And thanks for reminding me to check BL for the garland!

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  4. This is a wonderful improvement on a store bought piece. Your creative touch is priceless. Creative Hugs...

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  5. Wow Roni, the SS will love this.
    Amazing how much of a change you made to a seemingly little pot. TFS.
    Lesley

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  6. Your last two posts--plus the 80-degree weather in Boston today--have me totally unpacking my summer clothes! What a glorious time!

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  7. Isn't it amazing what a little "sprucing up" can do?!

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Thanks for your thoughts and comments!