Oh, hey there! Today’s Kelly’s Korner goes perfectly with a warm cup of tea or if you’re a little saucy (like me), maybe a hot coffee with a shot of Bailey’s.
If you plan to make one of your very own, here’s what worked for me:
I pre-sprayed all pieces with white matte acrylic paint.
Before assembling, I papered the entire back panel. The paper was faded with white Prima Chalk Ink. I like the faded look on the right way more.
I pre-painted all interior surfaces before the assembly using pretty Prima Chalk Paint in Robins Egg Blue.
I wanted to hide all the joints so covered the sides and top exteriors with balsa wood. It’s inexpensive and easy to cut to size with a craft blade. The exterior was then crackled, including the add-on base I made with a piece of custom cut lumber (holla Andrew) and mitred trim. It adds extra stability. I was inspired by Katie’s Advent design.
I used construction adhesive to affix a tiny music box on the back. Don’t you just love music box chimes? I really do, they’re so whimsical and sweet. I used several different finishes on the box interior’s before they were assembled with glue. So much easier when they’re flat.
Once all the interiors were done, I used white glue to assemble, then wrapped with a tiny elastic to dry overnight.
To paper them, I cut a strip of 12×12 paper the right width and glued it around the box. Then trace the bottom of the box onto the same paper and cut that out.
Once all the boxes were papered, it was time to decorate. Each box can be the same if you want, but I went for variety. Not all my boxes have numbers either. Say what? Yes, shocking, I know. I didn’t follow the usual drill. But that’s how I roll. I’m such a rebel….snicker. Some of my little boxes ended up with these cool buttons from the MME collection.
I used white texture paste for snow and sprinkled clear glitter into it while still wet. It dried looking like pretty sparkling snow. I love how it glitters under the lights.
The actual decorating of the box is a very personal affair. I decided to use the chipboard from the MME collection, Tim Holtz pine garland and bottle brush trees (a few I custom dyed), a chipboard picket fence from Blue Fern, and lights from Prima.
Even though I whined a bit to Lori that it was a pretty big project, (insert silly face and blowing kisses here). I do love how it turned out. Lori has a way of pulling the best out of you with fun and creative challenges.
If you need any help at all, please do call Urban. I’d be happy to help. We have a few Advent Pros’s around, including our very own Katie. She built 10 of them for her class. OMgosh, I can’t even imagine the madness. Yet she seems so sane doesn’t she? Just kidding Katie, you’re adorable and you should know it.
Remember, “what doesn’t kill you makes you,
cranky, stressed out, tearful, insane, stronger. Yes! definitely stronger.
Happy Holiday Crafting my dears,
for The Urban Scrapbook