Plain to Pretty: A Wood Trinket Box Makeover

 Have you seen the little boxes at the dollar store?  They're about 4" x 2" x2", solid wood, and great for storing small items.  
They don't look like this.  As a matter of fact, they're actually very plain.  
But, before starting this project, let me welcome you to the Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather.   If you just came from Sara's blog, welcome to the Cottage.  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed.

Now, let me show you how this plain box was transformed in just a few steps!

It all started with some leftover napkin scraps and Mod Podge.
I slid the part of the skewers I cut for the Pizza Peel Wreath between the top and bottom so they wouldn't get stuck together.
A little Mod Podge was brushed on.
Remember to separate the layers of napkins. 
Gently flatten the napkin to sides of the box and let it dry.  
An exacto knife was used to cut the paper and separate the top from the bottom.
Another layer of Mod Podge was applied and smoothed with some plastic wrap.  
I have a few 'decoupage tips' to share.  
If a decoupage project is in your future, you'll definitely want to read them.

The excess paper was removed by sanding the edges.
The same procedure was followed for the top.
Now that the entire box was decoupaged, it needed a 'little something' to finish it off, so I cut a felt flower on my Maker.
Naturally, I forgot to take a picture of it as it came out of the Maker, but here are the remnants:
A small pearl was glued to the center.
Two leaves were cut from green felt.  Here's one:
It was folded in half and stitched to give it some dimension.
All the pieces done:
They were glued to the top.
The box was done!
What's that?  You're wondering what is stored inside such a small box?  
My silicone finger guards.  They're a perfect fit and now they have a pretty place to live!

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Remember, this is a blog hop and next on the hop is Donna. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration!  Here's the list:

Comments

  1. Great tips Ann! Everything should have a pretty place to live like this. Beautiful makeover!

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  2. Ann what a beautiful box. Those napkins are so pretty they look like fabric! Love the rich colors.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I love them, too and wish I could find more of them!

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  3. Gorgeous! I am smitten with your peacock napkins! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  4. I’ve not tried decoupage yet but want to. Love how this turned out!

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    1. You must give it a try, Zenda. It's a game-changer!

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  5. Ann, you certainly have a keen eye on spotting great items to update from the dollar store. I always seem to have a problem imagining what to make! Your wooden box turned out so pretty! Decoupage is one of my favorite techniques and you really created a beautiful piece to hold your finger guards! Great job!

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    1. Oh, I don't know about that, Gail. You make some amazing things! I love decoupage, too, it such an easy way to transform things.

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  6. So pretty Ann! I love to decoupage, it's like magic! Your felt flower is adorable, the perfect finishing touch!
    Jenna

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    1. You are so right, Jenna. It is like magic...and it's fun to do!

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  7. This looks so high end Ann. Love the coloring you added to the box. Very cute.

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    1. Thank you, Terrie. The napkins did all the hard work!

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  8. I have seen these boxes but have never thought about making something so pretty with it. You definitely created a special item. Enjoy it.

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  9. That's so pretty - I have a small box like that and I think mod podge is in its future.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina. Mod Podge is such a great way to transform things!

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  10. That box is so pretty. I never would've guessed it was a napkin decoupage project. At first sight, I thought that it was a velvet fabric, it's so rich looking. Lovely job! xo

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    1. Thanks, Kim. You know how I love decoupage!

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  11. Tuned out so cute! I love the colors on peacock themed items. Almost makes me with I had a place where their colors fit in. Great tips for using Mod Podge! Happy hopping with you!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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    1. Thanks, Niki. My craft room furniture is painted in a teal color called 'Peacock' so this fit right in!

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  12. This is a gorgeous project! I love the paper that you used for decoupaging. And the felt rose is the perfect embellishment to finish it off. Thank you for linking up at Talent-Sharing Tuesdays.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I love decoupage and this is one of my favorite papers - glad you like it!

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  13. The pretty peacock napkin looks like fabric on your pretty decoupage trinket box!

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  14. How sweet! You did a lovely job of it!

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  15. Very pretty! I'm loving the peacock napkin design and colors. Looks great mod podged onto your box.

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  16. You really performed magic on this little box! I love how it turned out.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I think the napkin did all the work though!

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  17. LOVE the colors! I need to visit the dollar store :)
    hugs,
    Rachelle

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. You just never know what you'll find there!

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  18. What a gorgeous transformation! Love the choice of napkins. Wish my Dollar Tree had those boxes! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. You just never know what you'll find there!

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    2. Thanks, Kathleen. It's so strange how each dollar store has its own unique inventory.

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  19. Ann,
    What a cute project! When I sold Victorian style crafts on EBAY, I used baby wipes container, covered them with fabric and lace and them embellished them with ribbon roses and cameo's.They were very popular at the time!! Where did you get your finger guards...I have no fingerprints left after all the burns I have sustained from my glue gun...So much so that when I worked, I had to use my thumb for fingerprint ID as it would not pick any upon my fingers...LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I'll bet they were pretty, Debbie! My husband bought the finger guards for me from Amazon. Many years ago, when applying for a new teaching position I had to be fingerprinted. It took 3 tries before they got good ones. My husband told me I missed my calling as a jewel thief! LOL

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