Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter Pillow Boxes for Magenta April Challenge

It is an Easter Challenge over at Magenta for April.  My DT take on it was to upcycle a paper towel roll and turn it into pillow boxes.  I cut it in half which made for 2 - 6 inch pillow boxes.  Perfect size for putting jellybeans, chocolate eggs and/or other Easter treats in.

I started by flattening the rolls, thoroughly gessoing them and scoring the end with a semi circle for the end flap.

Supplies: stamp, stencil, patterned paper (Magenta), gesso and molding paste (Golden), gelatos (Faber-Castell), multimedia gel (Ranger), alphabet die cutter (Tim Holtz - Sizzix), glitter (Doodlebug design and Recollections), jewels (Dollarama)

On this one, I then used a flower stencil from the first of the Spring Flowers Trio of stencils with molding paste and once dry, I coloured it with a Snow Cone gelato. I used Lime Gelato on the Tapestry patterned paper, covered it with gel medium and then die cut the letters using a Tim Holtz Alterations Typeset Sizzix die.  Once adhered, I covered the whole box with a thin layer of gel medium to seal it. The bunny was stamped on cardstock, glitter glued for the carrot, ears and tail and, once dry, fussy cut and adhered it to the box. Lastly, a little touch of bling added in the flower centres and it was complete.

Supplies: stencil, "Life is a Beautiful ride" sentiment stamp and "Adventurous Bird" sentiment stamp, chipboard (Magenta), gesso and molding paste (Golden), gelatos (Faber-Castell),  multimedia gel (Ranger), Baker's Twine (Maya Road), marker (Fibracolor)

For this one, I used the butterflies from the Nature's Elements stencil with molding paste.  When dry, I coloured it with Bubble Gum, Tangerine and Lemon gelatos. I blended and lightened the colours using a baby wipe. Then, I replaced the stencil back over top the butterflies and, again using a baby wipe, I removed the colour on the butterflies.  They were not as white as I wanted them so I added a light layer of gesso to whiten them up even more. To seal it all in, I brushed on a thin layer of gel medium.

For the sentiment "Easter Blessing", I actually used the font letters from two sentiment stamps.  Nothing like getting more uses out of your scrappy supplies! For "Easter", I markered up the letters that I needed from "Life is a Beautiful Ride" sentiment stamp.  For "Blessing", I used the "Adventurous Bird" sentiment stamp.  I cut the letters out in rectangular shapes and adhered them to the chipboard tag. Next I dragged the edge of the chipboard through a thin bit of gesso in its lid. Then when dry, I sanded it to distress it up. Lastly, I punched a second hole in the tag, strung it with Maya Road's Pink Lemonade Baker's Twine and tied it on to finish it off.

Fun crafty upcycling with great results. Can't wait to give these as gifts at Easter.

Note: You can use toilet paper rolls instead but they make a smaller 4 inch box.



Chantal Vandenberg said...

What a clever idea!!! Great way of up cycling those cardboard tubes! Love the ombre effect of the gelatos that you created. Wow!

Maria said...

Cute pillow boxes all decorated for Easter! So creative and colorful!

Denise Price said...

Super cute, and great upcycling!

Missy Whidden said...

Omg!! These are just adorable! I LOVE your mixed media on these...awesome job with the paste & gelatos!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Stunning! This is such a fantastic idea and perfect for Easter treats. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Sandy Ang said...

wishing you a very happy easter