These plain oval gift boxes are from YEARS ago! Not sure what I was saving them for; but I am still ‘on a mission’ to use up what I have on hand and only buy what new supplies I absolutely NEED. (like more birds!)
These paper mache birds and chicks were from Michael’s last year. Bought the chicks on close out, specifically to save and paint up for this year. The birds were a ‘panic purchase’ last year when I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to find any more ceramic or resin birds.
The boxes actually cane with matching lids and bases, I just decided to mix them up a bit for more interest. The chicks were painted then varnished with ‘pixie dust’ varnish. You can buy the pixie dust varnish already made; or make your own. Just be sure you use the most super fine opalescent glitter you can find and add it to GLOSS varnish. If you use flat or mat varnish you’ll lose some of the glitters glitz. Just mix together in your varnish bottle and brush on like any other varnish.
Chopped up some green crimped paper that I had into smaller pieces. Applied a good layer of tacky glue to the entire box top them ‘poured’ my grass on and smushed it into place. Let dry. Trimmed away what hung over the edges.
Then glued on the eggs with hot glue.
Didn’t have as many boxes for the birds as I did for the ducks. At least not ones that were the right colors. Was a bit ‘stumped’ when it can to what to do with the bird boxes after I glued the birds on?!?! So, on this yellow one I simply tied on a pretty ribbon.
I was on my way home from my booth at Stars today, and just decided to pop in to the big DT in Beaverton (since it was on my way)and see if they had any of the spring stuff out yet. Normally they don’t start stocking them until after all the Valentine stuff is taken down, but there they were!
And while I love the ones with the wire feet like they had last year, I can actually DO more with the flat ones. Glue them onto candle bases to make finials, glue them on top of boxes etc. AND they would sit more sturdily when used as wedding cake toppers. (which is something I do with them to sell in my etsy shop)
Here’s a side by side of last years and this years. Considerable difference in size. I still have a few of the wire footed ones left from last year. Over the next few weeks I will be ‘on a mission’ to buy out all the birds at every Dollar Tree in my local area. Yes! I really do go through that many!
Here are some of the ones I painted over the last year.
You CAN glue the wire legged birds on top of gift boxes, but it’s a bit trickier than the flat bottomed ones.
Painted, stained and given a crown!
These are wire legged ones from DT a few years ago. A bit more of a ‘carved’ and rustic look.
But they still painted and stained up nicely. See! There WAS a time when I didn’t put crowns on my birds!!!
Remember these from last year?
That’s as far as I got at the time. Have been hunting for some ‘smallish’ fish bowls to put them in.
See the one on the left above? That is what I wanted to do with a sand castle in it. Alas, my search for such small fish bowls ahs been to no avail! So, I decided to look around at what I have and see if I had anything that the sand castle would fit into.
Ah-HA!!!! This thrifted apothecary jar has a wide enough mouth for the castle to fit through!
Took a lot of trial and error to find ‘just the right size’ starfish to fit in the jar! Wanted to use the biggest one possible, so that it would show above the castle when viewed from the front; but was limited as to what would fit in the jar!
A few assorted small shells tossed on top of the sand and my little beach memory jar is done!