Of course, I HAD to embellish mine a bit. I think this was an old set of scrapbook stickers from DT, back in the day when they carried scrapbook stuff. They had the ‘foam stickies’ on the back. That stuff does NOT stick to glitter! Pull them off and apply tacky glue to the back of the items you want to add.
The gold embellishment on the front of this one is part of a DT ornament.
The silver embellishment on this one is the other half of the gold one above. And actually the tiny silver flower on the first crown came from that same single ornament too! I just broke it apart to get flat pieces to use on my crowns!
Very simple and sweet. I have to sometimes STOP MYSELF from adding layer after layer after layer of papers and embellishments. While “I” love the look of ‘lots of stuff’; it’s not for everyone. And it IS oftentimes MEN who are looking for Valentine gifts, so less is more!
Completely covering would be a LOT of work, so I kept the original color as my background and used that for my color inspiration for the make over. First I added a hand torn piece of vintage sheet music.
I hunt for empty used heart shaped candy boxes throughout the year at thrift stores. Then I do a bit of collage work on the lids and sell them on etsy and in my booth at the antique mall. These two are the smaller size heart shaped boxes.
First I covered the lid with vintage sheet music, then a red metallic paper doily, then a tea stained white paper doily, then this ready made heart tag. There’s no real method or system to what I layer on top, or when. I just ‘play around’ with the assorted papers that I have and select what I think works best.
Trying to decided whether or not I need to ‘pretty up’ the side of the box too. What do you think? Is just decorating the top enough? Or should the sides be done too? Maybe just the vintage sheet music on the sides?
NEXT several post with be VALENTINE stuff!
Oval ones this time, which are a bit more involved than square boxes.
The initial steps are the same. Cut paper long enough to fit the circumference of your box, with a bit of an overlap AND extending a bit over the bottom of the box. Apply glue to the box and place the paper on it. Glue down the overlap. Where the paper extends past the bottom of the box, cut slits about every inch or so.
Apply glue around the edge of the base and gently folk over the tabs. Be careful along the edge if you are using OLD paper, as it may be fragile and break easily. You may or may not want/need to do this at the open end of your box and lid. Just depends if there is color for the original paper that you want to cover up.
Cut a piece (or glue together 2 pieces) long enough to complete wrap around the box with a tad bit of overlap; and extends past the top and bottom of the box by about 1/2 -1″ (so an inch or so TALLER than the box itself.) The red paper extended to the inside rim of these boxes, so I had to cover that little bit of the inside too.
Completely cover all four sides of your lid with a thin layer of glue. (I use Aleen’s tacky glue; not as ‘wet’ as regular white glue so less ‘puckering’ of the paper) Then wrap your paper, side by side by side, smoothing each side carefully before going on to the next side. Apply glue to the overlap and glue it down.
Make a single cut at each corner where the paper extends beyond the box on the bottom and top. Apply glue to the inside of those ‘tabs’ and very gentle fold them over. I’m using OLD paper so it’s very delicate and cracks easily when you fold it over.
Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and be sure corners are smooth.
Flip lid over and glue down the inner flaps of the lid. The corners will require a little extra dab of glue and ‘smooshing’.
Follow the same steps with the box.
The print on these old dictionary pages was so FINE that I didn’t really need to worry about ‘matching designs’.
*****VERY IMPORTANT***** Be sure to let your glue completely DRY before putting the lid on your box. I recommend letting it dry overnight. Otherwise you will destroy the edges of your box and top! The added 2 layers op paper where the lid and box meet CAN make the fit very tight. Keep this in mind when selecting your boxes to re-cover; look for boxes with slightly LOOSE fitting lids. And when choosing your paper, keep in mind how much thickness it will add to the ‘fit’ of the lid.
All done! Just testing to see if I like that bird house on top.
Yep! Decoded to put a bird house on top of each box, and fill the hole with a pinch of moss! May still add some additional embellishment to the boxes. Do you think they need ‘something more’??
Now I’m ready to do MORE boxes!
These were actually very cute little gift boxes that I TOTALLY would have used ‘as the were’ from Dollar Tree.
Since this set of boxes had a ‘white border’ along all the edges of the boxes, I decided to keep the borders and just cover the colored parts. Which meant I needed paper that would go with the white borders, so vintage book pages and sheet music were out because they are too yellowed. I settled upon this kraft wrapping paper from Dollar Tree.
WHEW!!!! Cutting all those squares and little rectangles to just the perfect size and individually gluing them on was a lot more labor intensive than I had anticipated! After doing the three smallest boxes, I went back to the ‘wrap around’ method for the other two!
The fully wrapped two bigger ones turned out just fine too. I did these the same way I did the Christmas boxes; EXCEPT the design did NOT extend to the inside of the box or lid so I didn’t have to do an overlap on the edges of these. (just the bottoms!)
So don’t toss out any gift boxes you get this Christmas! Save them to re-cover the re-use!
*****EDITED TO ADD*** Since one commenter said she’d never seen the paper I used at her Dollar Tree store, and I just saw it on their website, I thought I’d show you and share the link:
As is the case with many Dollar Tree products, the wrapping paper ships to the stores in a ‘mixed case’and the most popular styles seem to sell out fastest. IF you’ve seen ANY of the above papers in your Dollar Tree store, that means they do stock the same paper I used on my boxes; but may just be sold out at the time.
It never hurts to ASK the manager about ordering in a case for you, and letting you pick out the ones you want; and they can just put the rest out with their stock. ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR look for the plain brown paper with the shipping supplies and use some rubber stamps to print your own designs!
The pink and brown dots style was one that I would buy to re-sell back when we had our own shop, and it was very popular; but nearly impossible to ever find IN the DT stores. Whenever I did find any, I bought it ALL because if I didn’t, it would be gone the next day! I really like ALL the different colors and prints!
Yep, I start my Valentine crafting BEFORE Christmas! And I am in the habit of putting my Valentine stuff out in my booth at the antique mall the DAY AFTER Christmas. I know that seems like ‘rushing things a bit’ . . . but when I have been working on Christmas stuff since July, but the time Christmas gets here, I am OVER it!
I started putting my Valentine stuff out right after Christmas ‘back when’ we had our own shop. The week between Christmas and New Years was soooooooooooooooooo slow that I mostly did it just for something to do! Surprisingly, I sold MORE Valentine stuff the first two weeks in January than I did in February. I guess shoppers are ready to be done with Christmas that early too!
So, I had Valentine on my mind the last time I went to Dollar Tree, and look what I found:
Thought it might be a good idea to show ALL the gift boxes I’ve made this season, all in one post together. So, if you’re thinking you already seen all of the following pictures; you’re right! So this post is really more for future reference and for posterity!
Dollar Tree gift boxes, topped with DT nests and eggs (I glittered the eggs and added some reindeer moss to fill out the nest) The bow on the was on top of the box when I bought it. Just pulled it off (since it would have been covered by the nest anyhow!) and put it back on where it was visible!
White fabric covered boxes; tea stained; topped with a tea stained crepe paper rosette and DT feather birds with a glitter crowns.
A couple more of the same boxes, just different ‘toppings’ that the previous ones shown. These are topped with bundles of vintage frosted glass ornaments; some ribbon, a glittery snowflake and a tiny ‘joy’ tag. (tag was printed on vintage dictionary page)
This is just one of those ‘little extras’ that I like to do. I add a handful of paper shred inside all of my gift boxes. This is my own ‘recipe’ for paper shred; a combination of store bought kraft shred, hand folded and cut book pages and sheet music shred, hand folded and cut tissue paper, some bits of leftover gold ribbon cut into tiny pieces . . . you get the idea. A little bit of everything!
Another DT box topped with a pair of white bottle brush trees and little ceramic house; all also from DT. I just added glitter and glue! (and paper shred!)
These are ‘use up those leftover snowmen from the store’! Just plopped a snowman on a box and done! (priced super cheap to get rid of them PLUS an additional 40% off for my downsizing sale!)
Another one of the tea stained fabric boxes, this time topped with a gold resin bird wearing a vintage sheet music crown. I placed a crepe paper rosette rimmed with gold glitter on top of the box and glued the bird into place in the center of that. The sheer bow on top of the bird’s feet (hiding all the ugly glue!) is the bow that came on the box originally again. Just pulled it off and made better use of it!
I should have made more of these, as they sold the fastest. Now I’ll know for next year. AND I’ll be able to easily find my ‘gift box post’ to remind me when the time comes!
Happy Gift Wrapping to all!