Yeah, I know, winter is nearly gone. Spring will be here soon! But there are still several days left to enjoy some hot cocoa!!
I'm sharing the tutorial for how I created this container. I use it to store hot cocoa mix packs and K-cups. This is a hybrid project that I did using digital papers and elements. But you can do this with traditional papers too.
I found a set of 3 nesting round wood boxes with lids at a craft store. The digital kit I used for this is Frosty by WM Squared Designs. Aren't the colors great? And those elements are so cute!
Items you will need:
- wooden container
- lite sandpaper
- trimmer, scissors, craft knife
- ink, paint (if desired)
- glitter (if desired)
- edge punch (if desired)
- ribbon (if desired)
Start by lightly sanding and cleaning the surface of the box. I painted my box with acrylic paint in a light beige shade and allowed it to dry.
Next I applied crackle paint medium. This stuff is kind of gooey and thick. The thicker you apply it, the bigger the cracks you get. I didn’t want too much texture to my surface so I went with a moderate coat. As it dries, you’ll see the surface start to crack.
When the cracks start to appear, you can hasten the process using your heat embossing tool or a hair dryer. It’s really cool to watch the cracks form. Here’s a closer picture of the cracks:
Once the crackle paint was dry, I rubbed some distressing ink into the surface and gave it time to dry.
While it was drying, I created my design in Photoshop. I wanted a nice wintry scene with rolling hills. I saved the design as a .jpg and "print-and-cut" it with my Silhouette.
Look at what a great job the Silhouette did cutting those itty, bitty, tiny snowman arms!
To add some sparkle to the snowy hills, I painted on a bit of Glossy Accents and coated them with fine glitter. I also applied the glitter to the snowflakes, snowman and penguin that I cut out.
I used Mod Podge paper adhesive to adhere the scene and snowflakes to the box. Once that was dry, I used Mod Podge Hard Coat to seal the project. I like to use the hard coat as it dries non-tacky and will eventually become water-resistant. This is really nice for projects that you will want to be able to wipe with a damp cloth to clean. I apply several coats of the sealant (4 to 5). Allow plenty of time for drying and sand lightly between coats.
For the lid, I created a decorative edge using an edge punch, then covered the lid in papers. I then applied the sealant coats of Mod Podge. Then I trimmed it with some ribbon. I used my ATG gun to adhere the ribbon.
Now I've got this really darling container for storing our hot cocoa packets.