Shabby Chic Gift Box

When I give a gift to someone, I like to have the wrapping do double duty.  If it’s a larger gift, I always try to use a fabric shopping bag instead of a paper one that people will eventually throw out.  (Walmart has some really pretty ones for only 88 cents in their accessories section)  When I give a smaller gift, I try to make sure that the packaging is as useful as the gift.  That’s why I decorate so many small wooden boxes.  Call it an Altered Box or a Shabby Chic Box, it’s just something that I like to decorate.

Here’s my latest Shabby Chic Gift Box that will be perfect for a piece of jewelry.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

I started with a little wooden box that I got at the Dollar Tree.  I like theirs because they have a small magnet (to hold the lid closed) built in.

Shabby Chic Gift Box supplies

I base coated the box with white acrylic paint first, just so the color of the paint that I was going to use was true.  I didn’t want the wood tones showing through.  Then I painted the inside with a pale pink first:

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then I painted the outside:

Shabby Chic Gift Box

When it had dried, I added some glitter paint to the inside, just to give it a little something extra.  (you can see the magnet in the next picture)

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Once the glitter paint had dried, I started to decorate the top of the little wooden box.  I gave it a good coat of Mod Podge:

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then I cut a piece of lace that would fit the top of the box.  I laid the lace onto the Mod Podge.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then I added a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the lace to seal it to the box.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

After I’d finished that, I added some pink lace trim to the side of the box top the same way that I did the top.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Shabby Chic Gift Box

When that had dried, I used the glue gun to add a string of pearls to the top edge of the box. (I don’t know why the glue looks yellow in the pictures)

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then I cut a piece of ribbon to make tails & glued it to the center of the box.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then I made a Yo-yo from the same ribbon & glued it to the center of the tails.  A white pearl in the center of the Yo-yo finished it off.  Then I added some small ribbon roses to the corners of the box.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

I wanted the little box to look more like a jewelry box than a simple box, so I added feet to it.  I got some small wooden finials

Shabby Chic Gift Box feet

Painted them the same pale pink that I’d painted the box

Shabby Chic Gift Box

Then, using a toothpick, I used wood glue to attach the finials to the bottom of the box.

Shabby Chic Gift Box

After the wood glue dried, I could turn it right side up, and it was done!

Finished Shabby Chic Gift Box

Easier to make than it looks, and it makes a lovely jewelry box for a special lady.  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial & I hope you’ll give it a try for a special lady in your life!

Happy Creating everyone!

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