"How did you like the tapes from yesterday, did you make some? I bet you now have colourful spools rolling all over the place, so lets make a storage box for them".
I took a delivery box and removed one side. I then cut some really stiff card and glued it to the insides to strengthen the box sides.
Now to decorate it. My inspiration comes from the old boxes and crates that you might find in an old shed. They are a bit grungy and have paint rings on them and old labels. So this is what I set about recreating.
I laid out 4 pieces of paper, dabbed on some French Roast and Taupe.
I then used a brayer to add some Stone Fresco Paint. When brayering on a layer of paint it is very important that the previous layer is completely dry, other wise the brayer will lift off the paint and the surface of the paper too.
I then added paint rings using Baltic Blue and Squid Ink, using a lid from an old jar.
I just love this shabby look.
I took an old drinks can, cut it open...carefully, this will have very sharp edges...
From the metal I cut a handle using PaperArtsy Die, Hardware #1
I didn't want my metal to be quite so shiny silver, so I tarnished it. The easiest way to do this is to hold it over a naked flame. Be VERY careful, use appropriate tongs to hold the metal and do not touch it with your fingers. I have a gas hob, so I switch that on and dipped the metal into the flame, literally for just 2-3 seconds.
This is the result, you can see the difference from the original colour.
I attached my handle with a couple of chunky brads.
Here is the covered box and drawer in place.
I used a baby wipe to swipe some French Roast onto the wood, this is perfect as it looks more like a wood stain than a solid colour.
Make sure your rods have an extra bit outside the box for the end pieces to go onto.
Why not get together with friends and swap lengths of decorated tape to increase your stash. Don't forget, if you want to join in with any of my challenges, simply click HERE to upload your projects.
Leandra Says: That is too funny! I want one on my wall, gotta get an elf to do this for PA HQ ASAP! We might have an elf tape competition. LOL This idea could be adapted to all sorts!
Gillian Says: Darcy you rock .... this is such a genius idea. Visually it looks stunning and would grace any craft space. Love it.