Sunday, May 6, 2012

Shabby Chic altered balsa box

Hello and Happy Sunday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  So I wanted to share a present I made for my mom  this weekend for Mother's day.  This was the very first time I altered one of those $1 balsa boxes from Michaels. I've been hoarding these boxes and wanting to alter one for some time now!  I watched several vids on You Tube to get the techniques down so I was happy that it turned out okay!   So I first painted the box with Martha Stewart's "Sky Blue" acrylic paint.  I then heat set it to speed up the drying.  I then added crackle medium and also heat set that.  I added some MS "Wedding Cake" acrylic paint last and when I did that, the paint did it's thing and "crackled"! :)  This was my first time trying this technique out and I loved the effect! The paper I used to cover the box is from the $1.50 bin at Michaels also which is from Shabby Chic Treasures.  The blue butterfly is also part of this collection.  I haven't done a lot of Shabby Chic projects so I thought this was also a good way to try it out! :) I added a bunch of flowers/white leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts & I am Roses to coordinate with the paper and sprayed them all with Tattered Angels "Dazzling Diamonds".  The blue leaf sprays are from Karla S001 on Etsy. I replaced the original brown rubber band closure with some stretchy blue trim from my stash.  With the knob, I covered it with part of the paper collection and added glossy accents to it to give it that epoxy look.  Well hope my mom likes it and I will add her gift card inside the box.  Hope you all like it also and thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week ahead!:)


  1. Hi Marcy! That is so pretty. I have never altered something like that. You are inspiring me to try. The colors, the crackle and the great closure you made are awesome. I hope you get the little boy stamp in time for your son's communion. Have a good one!

  2. Hi Marcy,

    I love your altered box! So pretty and elegant.

  3. That is beautiful! I love the soft colours.