My name is Kerryanne and I blog at Shabby Art Boutique.
If we’ve not met before, let me tell you a little bit about myself… I’m an Australian artist who lives by the sea, on the east coast of Australia. My blog Shabby Art Boutique follows my creative adventures and my desire to put homemade and home baked back into everyday living… infused of course with my love of shabby, cottage and vintage style decorating.
Today I’m sharing with you a quick, easy and inexpensive shabby craft project. These are definitely my favourite kinds of projects.
I’ve made several of these gift boxes now. Some that I used for gift giving and a couple that simply live on my studio shelves to hold sweet little things.
Gift wrapping needn’t be expensive to make a big impact and I think you’ll be surprised at how quick this sweet 3 drawer gift box is to make.
- 3 x large matchboxes – see note.
- 1 x sheet of double sided scrapbooking paper,
- Kaisercraft mini door knobs,
- 4 x small acrylic or glass faceted beads,
- Craft supplies – scissors, craft knife, ruler, pencil.
Note: I used the larger sized matches, so each matchbox measures 3” long x 2” wide x 1” high.
1. Empty the matches out of the boxes and then glue all 3 boxes together to form a little chest of drawers.
2. I cut a strip of pretty scrapbooking paper 3” wide and long enough to wrap around the outside of the set of 3 boxes. Leave a small excess, so the ends overlap underneath when you glue the paper around the box.
Each drawer front and inside the drawers were also covered with a coordinating paper. Glue in place and sand the edges with a nail file. To make it easier to pull the drawers in and out, I recommend the use of tiny handles sold in scrapbooking stores. Mine are by Kaisercraft.
3. The box looks far more interesting with little feet, so I glued 4 pink acrylic, facet cut beads to the bottom of the box. To embellish, I added a long piece of seam binding ribbon…. because every gift box needs pretty ribbon!
4. The final touches on this particular box were a tiny vintage postcard, a mini crochet doily and a handmade satin peony flower. I have a tutorial for making fabric peonies here.I’m sure this pretty gift box would frill any recipient… but it is equally as nice to keep just for you. I use mine to store mini crochet flowers and pretty crafting embellishments and I love how sweet it looks sitting amongst my crafting pretties. If you enjoyed this easy crafting project, please come on over to Shabby Art Boutique to see more of my DIY and crafting tutorials. Happy crafting, Kerryanne