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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Treasure Boxes

The kitchen floor (and most of me :)  is currently covered in glitter.

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This year I had several small gifts (jewelry, soap, candy…) to give and I wanted to present them in a special way.

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The small papier-mâché boxes were found for 99 cents each at the craft store.

I tried two methods of paint and I actually preferred using acrylic craft paint over spray paint.

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Using scrapbook paper I punched three circles out ~ one for the inside lid, one for the inside bottom and one for the outside bottom. I then cut a long strip to go around the outside of the box.

TIP: You could also use craft paint to create an original design on the boxes ~ a great project for kids!

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All of the paper was then mod podged onto the box.

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Vintage elements were hot glued onto the tops of the boxes. All of the tops were then covered in craft glue and a layer of glitter.

TIP: Check the miniature section for small trinkets to adorn your creation.

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Some of the boxes were glittered on the bottom too.

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True fact: I once lived in North Pole, Alaska.

On Christmas eve in 1994 the Fashionista and I returned home from a candlelight service and found a moose in our front yard.

(Yes, I know this is a deer/elk. :)

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A dear friend, who has really been an angel in disguise, will receive this treasure box filled with her favorite chocolates.

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I couldn’t resist glittering her wings.

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These wee treasures would be perfect as place markers on a festive holiday table. The boxes really are quite inexpensive and easy to make. The large selection of scrapbook paper and miniatures make it possible to customize to any personality or theme. 

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Would the gift of your dreams come in a large or small box?


Linking to:

The Charm of Home, Common Ground, StoneGable, Today’s Creative Blog, Someday Crafts, SSS,The 36th Avenue, Jennifer Rizzo, Craftberry Bush, Centsational Girl, Pink Saturday, Atta Girl Says


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwww Laura! These are truly magical!! I am in LOVE!!!!

Susan said...

Gorgeous! My dream gift would come in an envelope telling me I am retired.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

ohhhhhhh how cute are they.. so creative too...

Julia C. said...'s really gorgeous !! I' ll try to do it...

Teresa said...

Oh, I need Mod Podge in my Country... I don't think we have it and it seems to be a secret ingredient to all successful crafts and DIY.

My gift would comes in a small box but with lots of glitter. Girl! Love your boxes...

And I was just thinking in adding boxes to my Christmas Eve's Tablescape. You gave me the final prod.

Coward as I am I was thinking in similar shapes and sizes but I'll take a page from your AMAZING book and Innovate. Really loving the box wth the angel.

Laura! You NEED to start thinking in editing a book. No, Really!!!!

Thank you for sharing! And Inspiring!!!

Teresa _leaving_to_buy_gallons_of_glitter

Denise said...


These are amazing and magical!!! They're some of the prettiest craft creations I've EVER seen! I should think the boxes will be treasured as much as the gifts inside.

I think my favorite gift could be in a small box or large; good things come in all sizes. :)

Have a wonderful day, Laura.

Denise at Forest Manor

Ms. Redo said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and I wouldn't even need a gift inside to make me happy - these are so beautiful! Mary

Ms. Redo said...

I pinned the last picture, giving credit to your blog in the comments section! Mary

blushing rose said...

Good golly, Miss Laura ... I'd love to be gifted with boxes like these. What a WONDERFUL idea. You are s creative ...

Merry Christmas ~

ImagiMeri said...

Simply stunning, just like you! There's just never enough glitter, is there?

Love ya

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laura, your boxes are just gorgeous! Who wouldn't love a gift packaged in one of these? What a beautiful idea!

Shelia said...

Oh, Laura! These little boxes are gorgeous! I love how you've used the scrapbooking papers and the little figures. And of course all of the sparkliness! :)
Your header is so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

openid said...

Your little Christmas trinket boxes are the perfect packaging for sweet surprises! They also make a beautiful display. I'm especially fond of the deer standing in front of the tree.
Your Friend,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are just beautiful, Laura! I love all the different ways you've decorated these. The box itself is a lovely gift and something that the recipient can bring out as a decoration year after year.

Kelley Highway said...

Key word "Treasure!" These are precious!

~ Kelley

Perfectly Printed said...

What lovely gifts!! Love all the embellishments!


Jennie Larsen said...

These are simply adorable. Love them all. Hugs, jen

the cape on the corner said...

these looks amazing! you'd never think they'd started so plain and boring.

martinealison said...

Une merveilleuse publication... Des sujets simplement divins...

Gros bisous.

Vicki said...

Your treasure boxes are so precious! I enjoy your creativity so much Laura, and am glad I found your blog. I've enjoyed reading it the past few years and can't wait to see what 2013 will bring!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The boxes are all stunning Laura. You are so clever and create the cutest things. Can't wait to see you tomorrow. Hugs, Marty

Bente said...

Oh, the boxes are soooo beautiful. What a fantastic job.


Debra said...

Those are really beautiful. Such a great gift idea.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Oh! They are great!
I really love these little boxes.
They are so delicate and cute...
Besos, Silvina

Auntie Em said...

What a pretty display! I love the snowy glitter and the wee little miniatures. These will be on display long after the chocolates and other goodies are all gone. It's sort of like the BOX is the gift and the stuff inside is just an excuse to give the box.
Glitter does travel around the house but it is pretty dirt, if there is such a thing. My nephew told me it was the herpes of the craft world. lol
Enjoying your decorating and crafting posts. Your house must be beautiful! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

The gift of my dreams would fit in a shoe box and came to earth about 2000 years ago as a baby. Can you guess what the gift of my dreams is? It's Jesus. He is the best gift anyone could ever hope to have! His love and friendship would require a box that is bigger than the world, even the unvierse and beyond, and no box can contain it.

Now, if we are talking gifts here, I really don't know. I love surprises and boxes of all sizes. That rhymed, didn't it?

Those boxes you made are precious, and I know your friends and loved ones are going to love them, Larua. How could they not? Look who made them!



Hartwood Roses said...

These are fantastic!!! (we visited North Pole this summer while we were in Alaska)

I smile at being covered with glitter at Christmastime.

Donna Wilkes said...

What joyous gifts these will make!

Donna said...

Your boxes are amazing, Laura! I love each and every one! Thanks so much for the inspiration and great tips. The glitter and embellishments you used were perfect. What great gifts they will make!! So funny about the moose!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Oh. My. Goodness. These boxes are amazing and lovely! Pinning immediately!

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original linky party is open

Myna Kay said...

Those are beautiful and the glitter just adds to it! You did a great job and whoever receives a gift from you will be very blessed. I know you made them with love!


E. Charlotte said...

These are really cute! What a great way to package a gift. :)

I've been to North Pole, AK too!

Maria Elena said...

Oh, Laura! Your gift boxes are amazing! Just beautiful! You did an amazing job!

Renee said...

I just love these! Especially the glitter and the vintage elements you used to decorate. These are going on my list of Christmas crafts to make!!

WendyBee said...

Wow! I want to make some of these!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

These are sooo cute! And I have a few of those little Santas too! :) xo Holly

Tina said...

wow - these are stunning!

happy holidays

one crafty mess

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lovely boxes that are sure to be as welcomed as the gifts inside.

The gift of my dreams didn't come in a box...he walked up to me and has been making my dreams come true ever since.

Jen said...

Oh I absolutely adore these! Such a creative and useful gift to share. Thank you!

Craftberry Bush said...

Magical ...xo

Kit said...

Oh these are fantastic! You did an awesome job. :) Kit

ferrellgraph-x said...

These are so fabulous!
Kindest regards,

Ann said...

Now those are the prettiest boxes I've ever seen!!!!Being frugal can be the best thing ever. Wonderful creative little boxes.

Lorraine said...

Hi Laura!! I just love your boxes, you found such cute little things to top them with, and the glitter at the end is so pretty!! Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said... love with these!! The glitter is the perfect accent!!

Maureen Wyatt said...

These are really inspired so I'll pin it for all to see!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

These are so adorable! I love them!
A friend of mine just had a b-day party for her 4 year old. She had all kinds of fun crafty stuff for her and her friends to make stuff with all afternoon. I think an adult craft party with all kinds of this kind of stuff you used would be a blast! I'm thinking maybe next year in October - before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season hits! Need to stock up on fun Christmas stuff now!!

Karen said...

Laura they are so gorgeous, the boxes are gifts themselves.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Laura, I love your glittery treasure boxes. They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful creative things you do. Hugs, Karie

Blue Creek Home said...

How sweet to receive a gift in such a special handmade box. It's really two gifts in one.
I hope you got my name!!! : )
They are magical!

Sherry said...

Adorable! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

These are so detailed and beautiful! I'd love to have you stop by my weekly link party and link this up.

Suzy said...

These are hands down the cutest thing ever! You made it sound so easy, that I just might give it a try. I'll be featuring them on the Worthing Court Facebook page tomorrow. Thank you for linking up to The Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations Party.

Babiole de Windsor said...

These are so beautiful! You've inspired me to get creative & make some this weekend. Cant wait :)

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