Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mini Hat Box Tutorial

Morning folks...I hope you're enjoying your weekend...I've been swinging the lead a little bit since I got home from Stitches...crikey the old body takes longer and longer to recover from these fun trips away...with the Fiskars Workshops at The NEC only a few weeks away and the kits still sitting on my workdesk waiting for the magic "put everything together" fairy to fly in and wave her magic wand I should be putting on my work hat today.  But a visit to see the gorgeous grandkiddies is far more tempting and who's to know if I bunk off from cubbyhole duties for just one more day...I'm sure my secret will be safe with you.
In the meantime...I promised I would share the HOW-TO for the cute Mini Hat Box I made for this month's Colour Challenge over at The Ribbon Girls...I've definitely got the altering bug and it never fails to amaze me that with a little bit of paint you can turn a twee little Christmas box...
into something a little bit more sophisticated in a few easy steps...
 paint each box with a coat of Gesso and allow to dry thoroughly...
then paint with acrylic paint...in my experience Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or Paperartsy Fresco Finish will cover in one coat...most other acrylic paints will probably require 2 coats...again leave to dry thoroughly...when you are painting a paper based product...the surface may bubble a little...don't worry it will flatten out again when it dries.  Now for a little bit of stamping...
A crafty tip...to stamp onto a round surface....ink up your stamp and roll each box over the stamp...reink and roll again until the surface is covered.  You are unlikely to get the stamping absolutely perfect but because it's a shabby chic project...it doesn't matter too much...gives it a great distressed look...
Voila....now for the fun bit....fix some seam binding ribbon around the lids and glue the boxes in place...
a ribbon bow...flowers..tulle and hat pins to finish off

I'm sure you have something in your crafty space that you could alter...have a go it's great fun.  See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Oh Kath, omgoodness wowzers hun!!
    that is just gorgeous! I am so going to have to have a go at that one...though knowing me the rolling the box on a stamp will result in some terribley messy disaster....and I will explian to Scott that we neeeeeeed to go the the craft shop again because Kath said do...:) :) I need some gesso and paint....:)
    huge hugs Lou xxx

  2. It's gorgeous Kath I love it. The recycling gets addictive tho doesn't it? I specifically bought twilight mints at Christmas cos they came in a gorgeous hexagonal box!!!


    Amanda x

  3. Thanks for the tips and tricks on how to make something FAB-U-LOUS! You're a star Kath. xxx

  4. Loving your altered shabby chic style boxes Kath. :)

  5. OOh these are gorgeous. Thanks for the tips and tricks :-) S x

  6. Fabulous Kath, thanks for the tutorial and tips, Just love your creation, Hugs May x x x

  7. omg this is so wondeful love the shabby chic..it got me thinking...now thats dangerous lol !!!i had some boxes somewhere..and as yours look divine i might go for a rummage for mine..stunning project and thanks for sharing *How too* you make it look so simple..the end result is perfection hugs sassyx

  8. Stunning creation Kath. You make it look so easy too. I am sure its not though. Linda x

  9. Morning Kath.Love your shabby chic box you clever woman.
    Have a good day.
    Kathleen x

  10. Great tip to roll over the stamp Kath, would never have thought of that. Don't think my stripes would be so straight though as your lovely result.

  11. Fab project! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.
    Suze x

  12. Just like that - Bob's your uncle........ Absolutely great.
    Um......."putting everything together" fairy grounded on a hillside in Brecon having mislaid her wings & unable to fly north to help.
    Have a lovely day Kath.
    Paula (PEP)

  13. This is absolutely beautiful hun xxx

  14. Great tutorial, got all the stuff in store but.............HELP, no round boxes lol!!!!! Your boxes look stunning!!!!

    Hugs, Irene

  15. Hi Kath
    Fabulous ....Stunning work ....gorgeous ....did you buy much of Tims Stuff on QVC...I DID...

  16. This is a fantastic tutorial and the boxes look fabulous.

  17. Oooh pretty! I love that it looks like a magnificent wedding cake :) jen@madeinminch

  18. WOW Kath this is amazing!!! Absolutely love it! Thanks for the how to and the rolling on the stamp tip. You've inspired me to give it a try, sure to make a mess but nothing ventured nothing gained.
    Blessings Bernie

  19. This is absolutely lovely Kath what a super idea you would pay a forune for that in the shops, really nice . Aud x

  20. Your work is absolutely amazing!!! I'm hosting a handmade card swap on my blog and would love it if you would join us!

  21. those are simply fantastic. I love how you stamped it and thank you very much for the tip on how to stamp round things. I always have a hard time with those.
    So glad I found your blog today. Now you'll never get rid if me. hahahha

  22. Hey there!
    This looks really BEAUTIFUL!
    I would love it if you share this at my link party going on right now for others to check out :)



Thanks for taking the time to visit us in the cubbyhole...your lovely comments make our day...hugs Kath & Buddy xxx


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