Sorry for the blogging hiatus! There’s been so much going on and I have been not been in the crafting mood lately. Now that the sun is starting to shine more and Spring is here, I am getting that itch again. Barn sale season is upon us! In the mean time, here is an easy little project that I was experimenting with, and REALLY like the results!
You may remember these little snowman boxes that I did for my winter craft show:
Well, I decided to play around with stamping some of the brown paper mache boxes that were found in the same area as the white ones above.
I got all my supplies ready to go…
And I quickly found out that larger stamps work better for this project, and I’ll show you why!!!
I tried stamping on the tops like you normally would, pressing the stamp down on top of the surface. The paper mache boxes aren’t perfectly flat on the top – they are warped, have raised edges, etc. Every time I stamped them, parts of the image would be missing, like this:
So, I found out that it worked much better to lay the stamps down on their backs, and press the paper mache surface onto the stamp. That way you can press down all the way around and ensure an evenly stamped image. Hence, the larger stamps work better!
Here are some of my favorites:
I think they would be a good Christmas craft show seller, maybe $1 a piece, to use as small gift boxes. I’m gonna make more because they were just plain easy and fun to make. I’ll let you know how they do!
I categorized these as a “dollar store craft” because the paper mache boxes, at $2.50 per 6 pack amount to around $.41 cents a piece. That’s not including the half off coupons that you can always find online for the major craft stores. Also, I have had a lot of luck finding really cool stamps for $1.00, like these ones from Michaels:
So have at it! Send me a pic if you give them a try! In other news, I HAD to share with you the “find” of a lifetime…this 35 drawer catalog/apothecary unit…for FREE…on the side of the road!!! That just doesn’t happen! I about died!!!
Every drawer was there, with this AMAZING original hardware…
I was all gung-ho to sell it in my booth but upon cleaning it up, I decided to keep it. After a little soap and water, voila! Isn’t she a beaut? The bottom right have drawer is there, it’s just darker than the rest. It gives it character. 🙂
Well, hopefully I can get my butt up and moving with some craft projects and find some inspiration in this beautiful sunny, Spring weather. Hope everyone had a great weekend! BBS!