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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!


Altered Art Necklace: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Unsinkable Molly Brown… I loved her in the Titanic movie. From the Molly Brown House Museum:

Margaret, though sore, tired and cold, began to take action. Her knowledge of foreign languages enabled her to console survivors who spoke little English. She also rifled through the ship to find extra blankets and supplies to distribute to women who were sleeping in the dining room and corridors. Margaret realized that many women had lost everything- husbands, children, clothes, money and valuables- and needed to start a life in a new country. She rallied the first class passengers to donate money to help less fortunate passengers. Before the Carpathia reached New York $10,000 had been raised. (source:

Molly is an inspiration for me and I wanted to represent her in my wearable art. For this project, you will need:

  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Plastic facet pendants
  • Jump rings
  • Cord (for necklace)
  • Assorted scrapbook paper
  • Paper decals
  • Printed photos from your computer

Assemble your photo, decals, and other cuttings and glue them on scrapbook paper which serves as your background. For added effect you may submerge the computer printed photos in water to smudge, and blur the image. Select which portion of your art will go onto the facet by laying the gem down onto the paper. Once you have selected the composition, trace around the gem and cut out the gem shape. Place a few drops of glue onto the gem and press the paper face down on it. Be sure to “poke” a hole in the paper so the jump ring can be used, then coat the back of the gem with Mod Podge; I used a piece of scrap paper to smooth the glue out. Allow to dry, add additional baubles, and a cord.

It’s been a fun adventure today with Molly and I look forward to taking her reminder with me.


Glow in the Dark Bottle

For a quick party idea, or unique recycle decor, take bubble liquid (cheap at the Dollar Tree) and Glow Sticks (available there too!). Pour the soap into a bottle, then crack the sticks to activate them. Carefully cut off the top of a stick and pour it into the bottle. Cap, shake and watch the glow. These don’t last for long but afterwards you can use a blacklight to keep em glowing or refill them if you are hosting a party.

Thanks to Emi and Jana for inspiring me to recreate their bottles!













Sunday-Funday Suncatcher Project

After work Friday I wandered around my local Dollar Tree and on a whim I went through the collection of suncatchers they had in stock. Located all the way in the back, was a rose pattern, and after checking the other racks for the design, I resorted to tearing the suncatcher from the back of the rack. Two of the paint pods appeared dry so I purchased a second one with full paint.

The paint bubbles and “shrinks” as it dries so if you purchase these kits for the kiddies you may want to help them fill in spots. You can also mix colors with this kit and luckily it can be done with a small dab of paint.

All in all I’m satisfied with the project and here’s my results:

The Cute Little Owl

Tonight’s artistic adventure took me into Photoshop land, where I digitally danced with trees, leaves and then settled on an owl. Now I will share that I’m not a bird person, however the owl fascinates me lately and I think in addition to my collection of Hello Kitty (did I mention I’m a HK addict????) I want to start collecting owls. Check out my design:

Owl Design by Heather

If you enjoy the design, it is available in my store as a shower curtain and a wall poster.

Doodling a Tulip

This weekend I dug out my pencils and charcoals and scribbled my way through several frustrated attempts at remembering my art classes in school. Finally giving up I Googled some online instruction sites, and tonight completed my first hatching project in years. The shading can use some work, but for a first attempt after years of downtime, I’m okay with the result. At least it wasn’t a stick figure…

The project: