As soon as I finished eating my yummy Turtles, I cleaned any chocolate crumbs from it and got out my $1 sheet of moss.
I painted the bottom of the box with gesso, a primer. Then I coated the bottom and sides of the box with antique white paint.
After it dried, I rubbed my black and brown ink pads over the box. Because I applied a thick coat of gesso to the box, there were brush strokes that were raised and attracted the ink, creating this neat wood-grain-looking effect. When the outside of the box was to my liking, I covered it in a layer of Mod Podge to protect it. Then it was time to decorate the inside.
I layered half circle book page cutouts on the inside of the box. I coated the pages with a layer of Mod Podge, lightly inked them, and then coated them with another layer of Mod Podge. I wanted spring or Easter decorations for the inside, so I used my Silhouette to cut a bunny pattern from card stock.
I used the card stock bunny as a template to cut a bunny out of the sheet of moss. I attached a bit of lace to the bunny's neck with hot glue and attached the bunny to the box with more hot glue.
I further embellished the bunny with fabric and felt flowers and a button in pretty spring colors. And since I believe that more is more, I wanted to add one more embellishment to the box.
I used my Silhouette to cut out a fancy label with the word spring on it. I inked the edges of the label and put a piece of pattered scrapbook paper behind the cutout. I embellished this with felt and flower roses as well. Now I have a piece of art to welcome spring!
Since seasonal decor can only stay up for so long, I love that this project cost me next to nothing. I only paid for the sheet of moss; I had the other supplies on hand.
The art has a vintage look because of the distressed box and the book pages.
It's just the touch of spring I was looking for. :)