Friday, January 14, 2011

Paris Junk Box

I found a sturdy, large box, about double the size of a shoe box, at an estate sale for 50 cents.  I am always looking for additional creative storage solutions for my tiny house and this box is a perfect addition.

I printed tons of black and white clipart from The Graphics Fairy and got ready to decoupage! There are so many amazing graphics to choose from on this site, but I settled on all black and white because I do not own a color printer.  I printed old, French postcards, scripts and embellishments on creamy card stock and vintage book pages.

This is what I started with - an ugly, but sturdy Christmas box.

I printed some of the labels on my vintage book pages.

I painted the backside of all the pages with Modge Podge and then pressed them onto the box to make a collage.  I finished by painting a thin coat of Modge Podge over the entire surface to protect it.


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Takin' time to smell the flowers! said...

OH I ♥ it! The graphics fairy rocks! Great job:)

Renee {Shabby, Chic and Charming} said...

Absolutely LOVE THIS!!! You are so talented and I am SO going to copy it!

A Vintage Vine said...

Great project! It will go on my to do list! It would be beautiful on a desk/work area!

Passionate for White said...

This box is simply awesome - worth way more than 50 cents now!!

Barbara Matson said...

What a great idea. Darn, I just gave away a few boxes, I thought to myself as I gave them away, maybe I can do something with them? I will have to remember your project next time I find a great box!

Lisa's Creative Home said...

Love the box. Its so pretty! I dabble with decoupage and LOVE vintage papers.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I'm in love with your box!!! I need to make me one now.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a huge transformation!! It is so beautiful! I have several of these mismatched boxes. I'm going to have to get busy transforming them!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Fabulous! I've had ugly boxes like those and now I'll look at their potential now. C'est magnifique!

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Nicole@thiscreativeadventure said...

Looks great. I think I will have to give this a try! I am always looking for good storage solutions at my home too. Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

I really love the box! I cannot believe how UGLY it was before your magic touch transformed it! I especially love the bird. :)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

It looks fabulous! I love all the images you chose! So happy I stopped by!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, it's perfection! I love what you created---it's so beautiful!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

What a fabulous decoupage project! Love how your box turned out, and love all the black and white images you used.

Tania said...

wow - really beautiful!

Priscilla said...

Beautiful, very nice.

Nan said...

It looks beautiful! I'm looking around my house for a box I can fix up! Another great project, Amanda!

MiniBinoy said...

wow amanda!!! what a great idea.. you have completely transformed it!!looks very stilish too!!

Linda said...

What a great project! Boy you gotta love Graphics Fairy.

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