Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whitman's Candy Box Remodel

I've been busy creating and getting inspiration from blogland.

Here's a project I finished last night. I found this Whitman's Valentine candy box at the St. Vincent de Paul. I had gone there to buy books and sheet music for altered art projects. Who knew they would have a little Valentine's display?

I thought about it and thought about it. You know how it goes.

What should I do to make this box really special? Maybe even special enough to stay out all year, not just fopr Valentine's Day. After all, don't we love hearts all year round?

I embellished it with rose and leaves that I made from wool sweaters that I had felted for a Christmas ornament project that really didn't get off the ground this year.

I used the Elmer's spray adhesive to cover the top of the box with some wonderful vintage fabric scraps I picked up last year in Portland at the Motnicello Antique Mall.

I have the lace trim on hand, but found it to be too light in color...SO...I stained it with some instant coffee from a spray bottle. Perfect shad of "aged".

I used some wired burlap ribbon to run horizontally across the box. It turned out to be the perfect "foundation" for the roses.

I added a bit of glitter to the brown leaves (also a felted wool sweater).

For the final detail, I tucked in one of my vintage keys to the knot.

There you go!

A great Valentine box that started with a 55 cent thrift store find and everything else I had in my stash.

I've got several more projects that are "almost" done...stay tuned for more dreary weather chaseaways!


  1. G*a*S*p!!!!! CORI!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!! Girl...this is so beautiful to me ~ GORGEOUS! You inspire me to create Corie! And those lovely coffee and cream colors are wonderful together ~ I can't wait to see more...hugs and love, Dawn

  2. Wow! What an amazing transformation! It looks gorgeous now!

  3. What a is very elegant looking and can be used year round...great job. Come say hi.

  4. Oh my goodness, Its beautiful Cori. I,m sure it will be beautiful where ever you display it. Mom

  5. What a transformation! I love it! Great job!

    ~ Tracy

  6. How pretty - you did a great job. I have several heart shaped boxes that I keep saying I am going to do something with, but never have.

  7. So pretty! I love the creativity in this!!~

  8. This is the most beautiful Valentine's candy box I've ever seen!! I just love your little burlap roses! I've been creating with some burlap too, isn't it fun!?

    I hearted your Etsy shop too, can't wait to see more stuff!!



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