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Altered Art Trinket Box Tutorial

 

I found small wooden trinket boxes at my local Dollar Tree, and scooped up 3 of them. The first one, I decided to make a vintage/altered art design for it and make use of some peacock feathers that a coworker gifted me. For this project I used the following:

  • Unfinished wooden box
  • Distress paint, 2 colors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper tissue (for rubbing alcohol)
  • Glitter pen (gel)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Random vintage art downloaded from the internet, sized for the trinket box
  • Peacock feathers
  • Scissors
  • A penny coin
  • Bottlecap

This project is a 2-day project for drying times. Paint the unfinished box using 2 layers of distress paint. As the box is a porous material, the first layer will not crack.Once your second coat dries, take a penny and begin to randomly scrape at the paint to give a weathered, antique look. Apply your second color of distress paint to accent corners of the box. Dry overnight.

The next day take tissue and apply some rubbing alcohol on it. Dab the tissue around the box to lighten and distress the paint further. Next apply globs of glitter around the box and smooth the gel out to accent the cracked paint. Dry.

Now you’re ready to decorate the box. I used scrapbook paper to make 2 thin strips like old vintage suitcase straps. I cut out a vintage lady and placed her portrait into a bottlecap and doused it with glue. I let it soak up and wiped the excess glue out with tissue.

Let me know how your vintage trinket boxes come out! Enjoy!

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