Memory Glass Gift Box Tutorial

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Those of you who know me well know I'm frugal and hate to waste anything.  Okay, so maybe the truth is I'm a bit of a hoarder and can't part with anything.  At any rate, I was cleaning off my desk this morning and couldn't bare to throw this Memory Glass container for Memory Frames away.  I thought I could certainly make something out of it.

Here's what I did:

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I started with my trusty Un-du to remove the stickers and create a nice smooth surface to work with.

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I painted the bottom and lid with two coats of gesso.  This primes the plastic and prepares it to take the acrylic paint.  Try not to glob gesso and paint in the closure because it will make it difficult to close.

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I applied two coats of acrylic paint.  I used a heat gun between coats to dry the paint, because I'm just impatient that way.  If you use a heat gun be careful not to get too close with it because it can melt the plastic and bubble the paint.

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Embellish!  I added Magic Mesh, Prima flowers, lace, and pearls.

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I think it would make the perfect gift box for jewelry, or a travel jewelry box for short trips out of town.  Also, you could store buttons, brads, charms, or small hardware in it. 



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13 responses

  1. You know what would be TOO CUTE? Make a lil’ box for the tooth fairy out of it! Ya know instead of having them keep it under the pillow. =] I think it would be adorable! LOVE ur project. So smart and beautiful!

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! I came to your blog from the Two Peas gallery just to see if you said what you used as the box base! What a great idea.

  3. Loved the colors you picked for this. So soft and pretty. It would make a cute little gift box as well if you didn’t mind giving it up. I usually make gift bags/boxes and used to feel uncomfortable about how others would accept the handmade idea. However, even months or years later, I found people don’t pay attention to the gift, but are still going crazy over the little box or bag I thought would be thrown away.

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