Kimberly J Tilley

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Jeans turned into Treasure box

I usually stash away the kids clothes that they ruin with holes and stains to save for reusing in crafts or for when I find a local establishment that will recycle them.  Well, today was the day that I decided I will change that store gift set box into a useful box.  I took my daughters old jeans cut out the embelishments and back pockets and some of the belt loops.  I first turned the pockets into little hanging bags.  I figured, get the easiest part done first. 

First thing to do with the treasure box is to lay out the jean on the box to see where the pieces will fit together.  I glued on some batting on the cover and in the bottom of the box.  I did not have enough of the jeans to cover all the box because size 5 toddler are not very big jeans.  So, I cut up a onesie to line the inside bottom.  I used one of the belt loops as a latch, with a jewelry toggle to hold the box closed, and so the littlest one does not get into the box so easily.  I used a spray bond to glue the materials to the box, and as you can see I used a little too much in some spots.

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My daughter also wanted to do this project.  So we decorated a tin box that holds her beads.  She also got a new headband out of the project.  The pants we used for her box had an elastic waistband.

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Plain box to Jewerly holder

I have a few store gift boxes from samples of lotions and body sprays.  This one box I was contemplating on using for a shadow box, a table top jewelry box or a hanging box.  Because this is the only open top box, I chose to go with a hanging jewelry box.  And because I could not find clear plastic to use as a cover for a shadow box filled with seashells.

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Here is what I used

  • acrylic paint
  • picture hanger
  • hooks
  • glue; hot glue, craft glue, Elmer’s spray adhesive
  • decorative craft paper
  • cardboard box – I always do my crafts on a cardboard box to minimize messes

To achieve the color I wanted to match my different shades of  brown velvet and silk bedroom, I mixed gold and black paint for a shiny bronze color.  I painted the gold hooks white to better match the craft paper I had picked out to use as a background for the box.  After the paint had dried, I glued the paper into the box.  Because the paper was multiples of scraps, I first glued them together, carefully lining up the pattern.  Then using the spray adhesive, I glued the paper to the box.   After the glue dried,  I screwed in the hooks.  You are going to need to apply great pressure and steadily turn the hooks just as you would into a wall.  Depending on the size of hooks you use, you may need to shave off the ends if they protrude too much out of the back.  Next,  I glued the top to the box.  I lined the inside of the cover with hot glue and pressed  the box  down onto the cover until the glue dried.  After the glue dried, I turned the box over and glued the picture hook with the hot glue gun.

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