Friday, March 8, 2013

Vintage Peter Rabbit Box

Mom sent me some Prima wood veneer embellishments, and as soon as I saw the little wooden box that they come in I knew I'd have to alter it! I'm not alone in this emotion: one of Mom's friends has been making the sweetest vintage curio boxes out of them.

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I distressed the box with Vintage Photo ink, and then covered the inside of the squares & the outer box with a patterned Vellum tape. This was time-consuming & exacting work, but totally worth it! I sorta sealed the tape by painting the front of the frame with Crackle Paint.

I used two double-sided papers, both by Graphic 45: Fairy Folk from the Once Upon a Springtime Collection (so bummed that this is discontinued!), and April Cut-Aparts from the Place in Time Collection. I inked the squares with Vintage Photo distress ink and coated them with Crackle Paint (Ranger).

For the shrinky-dinks and the sentiment, I used my Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter Stamp Set by Crafter's Companion. I stamped the images with black Staz-On ink and colored them with stamp markers. I also made them into little buttons by punching holes with my Crop-O-Dile. I shrunk them in my toaster oven, and sewed them onto lace flowers (originally a ribbon) with white thread. 

The sentiment was stamped in Aegean Blue chalk ink (VersaMagic) onto manilla paper. I distressed it with Antique Linen and put it in a metal frame. Using Glossy Accents as an adhesive, I dipped the piece in Microdots for a little something extra.

The satin ribbon roses, yellow lace, and daisy are from my stash, and the wood bird is from Prima (not from the set I used for the box, though). I Colored the bird with Copics to make it match with the other bluebirds.

I pierced the top of the box with an awl and strung the ribbon through with a needle to make a hanger. I finished the box with some copper Liquid Pearls and chipboard corner embellishments from Make It Crafty (actually part of a freebie I received with an order, which was part of a prize). I covered the chipboard with more Vintage Photo ink and Crackle Paint.

A Gem of a Challenge: Button it (Shrinky-dink buttons)
Come and Get It Challenges: Anything But a Card
Crafter's Companion March Challenge: Vintage
Kaboodle Doodles: Anything But a Card
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything But a Card
QKR Stampede: 3 of something (3 buttons, 3 roses)
Sarah Hurley March Challenge: Recycle 
Sassy Studio Designs #167: Recycle

This isn't my usual sort of project, but I'll definitely make another one. I have a collection of tiny shells that would make a cute beach-themed box, so stay tuned! This one is going to Mom & Dad as an early Easter present, so I made them a little gift card, signed by all us including their grand-animals!

I also made a gift box and matching tag:

Thank you for visiting,


  1. WOW this is so beautiful! What an awesome gift. Love the recycling!

  2. Love this! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Come and Get It this week!

  3. This is gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us at a gem of a challenge.
    Hugs Kelly

  4. This is such a great project. Thanks for playing this week at Come & Get It.
    Karal GDT

  5. Such a sweet image with lots of detail. Thank you for joining us at PCJ Challenge.

  6. Beautiful!! Your parents will love it. Thanks for joining in on the vintage challenge at Crafter's Companion this month!

  7. I love your altered item, it is so cute :D Thanks for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges this month, Carol x

  8. I love the Peter Rabbit box,it's gorgeous and the vintagey paper looks fab!Thanks for sharing it at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog


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