Hello lovelies!! I have been working on our Halloween decor all week and I think my display is finally complete! Today, I’m pulling out one of my favorite Halloween makeovers, a DIY Halloween Box that you can make out of an old flatware box!
This flatware box I picked up at the thrift store for less than $2 was the perfect candidate for a spooky redo:
It was marked $3.25, but all yellow tags were half off, so for $1.63, I just couldn’t leave it behind.
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I didn’t even remove the insides for this one. I just started painting! I gave it one coat of Caviar:
You can also see that I removed some of what was on the inside:
I found some sparkly glitter black spray paint in the garage and decided to hit the parts of the insides that would be showing with it. (I would skip the sparkles next time.)
To cover the ugly insides that were left, I cut a piece of fabric to fit from top to bottom. I cut it the exact width but left it a bit long so I could trim it the right size as I was finishing.
I just hot glued it all in place with my hot glue gun.
Adorning the Top
Then I moved on to the top of the box.
I gathered several items that could possibly work to decorate this box, but in the end, I kept it pretty simple with these letters I picked up at Hobby Lobby and some dollar store skeletons:
The skeletons aren’t supposed to be posable, but I was able to manipulate the plastic enough on one of them to give it a different pose. I used Gorilla Glue to adhere everything to the box. The four corners got nail heads that had I removed from another project, and I replaced the pull on the front with a vintage one I had in my stash.
When the pieces were secure, I added a layer of matte Mod Podge on the top only using a chip brush, working in sections:
I placed black tissue paper right over everything, lightly tapping it into all the crevices with my chip brush and adding more Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper…
This was to mimic the look of leather. It’s not looking so much like leather here or like anything really lol.
I wanted to “embed” the skeletons into the surface with the tissue paper.
I allowed it dry before trimming the edges with a razor blade.
When it was completely dry, I gave everything a light coat of Rustoleum black satin spray paint.
Highlighting the details
Then to highlight the letters and other details, I applied Dixie Belle’s Gold Gilding wax with my finger:
And that was it!
What a fun Halloween prop this turned out to be!
I just love Halloween! Can you tell?
Every lady needs a place to keep her jewels, right?
This was really fun to make. I used a similar technique on this pumpkin I redid WAY back in 2013!!
Wow, 2013 seems so long ago, doesn’t it? See more of this pumpkin makeover HERE.
And a peek at the inside…
The pattern hides any imperfections since this was a quickie liner job lol.
I used Gold Gilding Wax to highlight the skeletons and some of the texture made by the tissue paper also:
It really brings out the details and adds dimension.
I also hit up the pull I added to the front…
It does kind of look like leather, right?
This really was such a fun project to work on!
Halloween not your thing??
Here’s another one that I gave a more respectable makeover:
See how pretty it turned out HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this night table that turned out to be the sweetest night table ever:
UPDATE: No need to wait…see how sweet it is now HERE!
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