Monday, February 7, 2011

My First Attempt At Decoupage

I had a baby shower to attend for my niece who is having a baby girl.

So that means… gift giving time!

I knew immediately what I wanted to do… or… well… try to do.

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Hobby Lobby sells these wooden alphabet boxes in all different sizes.

The top is actually a lid that is hinged in the back… so… you can lift it up.

My thinking?

What a great container and something that can be used for simple storage.

As you can see in the pic above…

I bought some shabby chic scrapbooking paper and some lace.

Her nursery is decorated Shabby Chic style.

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The first thing I did was paint the box pink around

all the edges that would be showing.

Next…

to cut out the letters and the inner and outer part of the framed panel…

I just laid the paper over each panel and ran my finger

along all the edges so it would indent my paper with a pattern to cut from.

Then…

I glued each piece in place, sanded all the edges

and applied an acrylic antiquing stain to it.

I had a HUGE problem with air bubbles in the piece of paper around each letter.

I managed to get some out and had to leave the others.

But it was minimal… you could hardly tell.

I did let my niece know it was my first decoupage experience!

After sealing it with my glue, I sealed it again with some polycrylic sealer.

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Here she is!

I had planned to add the lace trim around the top… just below the lid

but

it was too busy and I think it looked better without it.

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I painted and added some floral appliques to the top of the lid on each corner.

Next…

I filled it up with items from her baby registry and wrapped it in cellophane.

I tied it with the lace and added a pretty bow around the tie.

And Ladies… I forgot to take a picture of the final basket!

The finale…

totally forgot… and it was so cute!

Ahhhh!

So you will have to use your imagination!

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I’m thinking… it’s not too “SHABBY” for a my first decoupage project.

Everyone seemed to love it so… I guess it turned out good!

 

Thanks For Stoppin’ By!

 

23 comments:

  1. Kendra I think this turned out beautifully!

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  2. Very Cute! Love it! So did your niece love it as well???

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  3. this is so cute would bake a great baby shower gift if you new the sex

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  4. Kendra that turned out so adorable!! You did an amazing job for your first time!

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  5. OK, BFF, you could SELL these! It's gorgeous!!!! Just stopping in today from the Emerald Isle..it's pouring down rain and cold!!!!!

    xo
    ~Kolein

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  6. That is simply gorgeous. I love the colour combo you used. You did a fantastic job on that. I bet your niece was thrilled, I sure would be.

    Hugs, Deb

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  7. Wow, that was really nice.
    I've never tried decoupaging.

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  8. That is too too adorable!!! A lot of work but love the result.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  9. This is just 'precious'! I've hit the 'follow' button here on your blog and the 'like' button on your facebook page....anxious to spend some time here. Debra at Deja Renew is how I found you.. :-)...I'm very grateful she told her fans about you....you are VERY talented.

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  10. How ADORABLE!!! You did an amazing job!!!
    Thanks for sharing...
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  11. found you on DeJa Renew, I'm loving your work. Wish I was half as patience to get some crafting done =D
    I'm not following you and would love it if you would return the "follow luv" YAY

    http://bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  12. Did you hear me gasp when I saw the after picture?! I am so amazed over the transformation. I know your niece is just loving her gift!!

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  13. That is adorable!!! I love it - fantastic job!

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  14. Hi Kendra!
    Is this really your first decoupage project? It is Amazing!

    I keep on (trying to) sewing and I did a cushion!!! If you can, take a look at my blog (not only for cushion...) but because there is a little gift-stamp for you there. I hope you like it!

    Kisses and have a nive weekend! Zazá

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  15. Oh my gosh how cute is this! That little baby is one lucky little girl. Seriously, so dang cute!

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  16. so cute! i have pink nursery on the brain (check out today's post on my blog!) so this is awesome!!!!

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  17. I love this, Kendra!! I love the paper and all the details!!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  18. love the box.
    I AWARDED YOU THE STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD PLEASE STOP BY AND ACCEPT... LOVE YOUR BLOG..

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  19. Oh my goodness! I can't believe you came up with something so sweet from something so... plain!! I love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Tania

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  20. How adorable! And what a great job you did on it. Way to go girl! Your blog is full of cute creative things, thanks for sharing. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your very sweet comment. I so appreciate it. Hugs, Karie

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  21. Holy Toledo girl! That is beautiful! Perfect, absolutely perfect!

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  22. What an amazing box. Very cute!!!

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