Hello dear friends! Today, I’m joining my Trash-to-Treasure girls and sharing how you can upcycle an old flatware box for Christmas!
I went to a craft show this past weekend and seeing all the festive holiday decor for sale made me want to have a little fun with Christmas too!
And, this gives me the opportunity to share all the fabulous holiday transfers I have in stock for all you makers out there!
Here is what I started with:
I picked this old flatware box up at the thrift store for half off of $3.75…a steal! For that price, who cares if I messed it up, right?
I started with a good cleaning with White Lightning and then a quick rinse.
Remove the innards
Then I needed to tackle the least fun part of these flatware box makeovers, removing the insides!
It looked like this to start:
The red actually would have been perfect for a Christmas makeover, but I removed it before I knew which direction I wanted to go…
Don’t worry about removing every last bit of glue, paper, etc on the interior since it will be covered anyway.
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It took two coats for each.
Once that was dry, I reached for Gold Digger, one of the Moonshine Metallics and added a stripe all the way around the bottom.
It took three coats, and I removed the FrogTape (my favorite painting tape) as soon as I applied the third coat:
Embellishing the top
Then it was time for the fun part…the embellishing!
Barn Red is a perfect holiday red!
Once that was dry, I used a little bit of Gold Gilding Wax to highlight the details.
Then, I pulled out this Xmas Tag Transfer that I just love:
As the name implies, it is perfect for Christmas Tags but also the perfect size for many other small projects!
For today’s flatware box turned Christmas Box, I used a few together!
I laid them out how I liked first…
(The painted moulds weren’t glued in place yet.)
Then I used the included burnishing stick to burnish the images to the top:
Once that was good and dry, I attached the moulds with E6000 glue (They have a no stink version now!!) and let that dry for several hours.
Then I added a pretty pull to the front that I had left over from redoing my Mom’s Oak Dresser, and the cutest feet ever!
Here is how this plain thrift store clearance flatware box got a little fancier for the holidays…
The stripes are bit bold, but I love it for Christmas!
I enjoy lots of color in our home at the holidays!
Isn’t that pull gorgeous??
And you can really see the sheen of the gold paint so much better in that photo above.
Let’s get a look at the top…
I wanted to add a little something with some dimension to the top and that’s where the moulds come in…
You can see how easy they are to make HERE.
I also found this pack of gold keys in my stash that I picked up at Michaels forever ago:
I thought it was a cute addition to the top with a little added ribbon…
I just hot glued the ribbon to the box to hold it in place.
And did you notice the cutest feet ever??
I hit those and the pull up with a little Gold Gilding wax as well to brighten them up a bit.
The inside was lined with fabric I found at Walmart…
The choices were very limited, but this did the job.
See how I line boxes with fabric in my simple tutorial HERE.
This box would be perfect to hold holiday cards!!
I still send cards, do you? I always love getting them in the mail, especially since it is a dying tradition these days.
These boxes are so fun to redo! And by redoing this one for the holidays, I got to play with colors I don’t usually use throughout the year.
My elf was so excited to be out of storage…he thought it was Christmas already!
Here are a few more holiday transfers I carry that you might like:
My favorite might still be the Xmas Tag Transfer though!
I don’t do a ton of holiday makeovers, but Christmas will be here before we know it! At least I’m ready to collect those cards!
My friends have four more fabulous Trash-to-Treasure projects for you to enjoy today:
That’s another makeover complete from this haul!
See anything you might have missed at these links:
I’ll be back with this sweet chair on Thursday:
UPDATE: I’m still amazed at what a simple paint job can do! See what it did for this chair HERE now!
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