Monday, February 27, 2012

{Turtle Box + Moss Sheet = Spring}

I am so happy to have a new project to share with y'all!  I normally would have posted something Friday, but I was busy creating my project for round two of Creative Bloggers Got Talent.  Round two voting starts tomorrow.  The projects are anonymous, so I can't tell you which project is mine, but I hope you will take a moment to go vote for your favorite(s).  
Anyway, back to this project!  My mom and dad gave me a box of Turtles for Valentine's Day--you know, the chocolate kind that is just to die for!  The box was really sturdy, and I hated to throw it away.  So I combined it and a sheet of moss from the dollar store (and a few other supplies) to create a piece of art in honor of spring.


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.  :)

Photobucket

34 comments:

  1. Amazing!!! I want this for my house! Found you from Tip me Tuesday!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my! This is so so adorable!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea:D

    ReplyDelete
  3. LOVE this--it's so sweet! I need one for my home! Thanks so much for linking up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is really pretty and makes me so excited for spring!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm in love with this project idea! Super super cute!

    Wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award! :)
    http://thelittlewaffleflower.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Simply adorable :-). Thanks for sharing - maks :-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. So cool :)

    Love for you to share it at my "Made by ME" Linky Party Wednesdays :)
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love this little bunny! gulledjr@dhec.sc.gov

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is so cute! What a great idea! Love that it didn't cost much either!! I would LOVE to have you share it on my "Homemade By You" link party tomorrow (Wednesday)

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is precious....who knew there is a benefit to eating turtles!! crafting supplies..yea!! I love the little moss bunny! ;) Would love for you to link up to our "Uncommonly Yours" link party!!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the moss bunny ... you are one talented, crafty lady.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very cute..Love all the ideas, can't wait to have grandbabies someday so I have an excuse to do this sort of thing again.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a super cute project! It's so beautiful and unique. ~ Megan your newest follower via The Shady Porch Link Party

    ReplyDelete
  14. These are too cute! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is so cute! I would never have thought to use moss! Thanks for sharing! :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Stopping by from the Weekend Wind Up! http://queenofsavings.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi there! I'm visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I'd like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-13.html This would be a nice addition to our list of Fabulous Fun Stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I ADORE these!!!!!!!!! So glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com
    P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! http://www.bearrabbitbear.com/2012/03/ummcan-i-get-zumba-dvd-to-this-review.html :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Look at how cute!! I love this! You did a great job. Thanks for linking up this week!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Super cute! I kinda laugh that while I'm trying to get moss out of my grass, the rest of the world is decorating with it ;)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks for linking up, I just featured this project on my fb page: http://www.facebook.com/seevanessacraft

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh I love, love, love this project! Gotta get me a Silhouette. (and a box of Turtles!) Nice job. Saw you over at Gingerbread and I'm a new follower now!

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is so creative and cute! Just became your newest follower - your blog is great! Hope you'll follow back!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh wow I love this! Great job!!

    xoxo
    twentyfour7

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is fabulous! I love it! I would love for you to share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-31_07.html

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank you for linking up a fabulous project...

    hope you will stop by and link up another great project..

    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_10.html

    Claire xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh, I LOVE this! And I love Turtles too....an even better reason to buy them now.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I featured your bunny today! Thanks again for linking up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/03/springtime-bunnies.html

    ReplyDelete
  29. Found your feature at Michelle Paige. Adorable. Im sharing and pinning ;) New follower. Just stinking cute!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Cuteness alert! I love this project. I have some leftover sheet moss, thanks for some inspiration!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to leave an awesome comment! :)