Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Oriental Box and Frames Set

Here's the first of this year's Christmas presents, a dressing table set.

"Oriental Box and Frames Set"

These upcycled wooden items are all covered in papers from Graphic45's BirdSong collection using glossy accents. The edges are sanded then gone over with a gold aquamarker.


The top of the box has diecut concentric layers of patterned papers and antique gold cardstock with an acetate frame in the centre. The edges are adhered with foam tape, but the top is left open to slide a picture or photo inside. I've added an image from one of the patterned papers. Some diecut flowers and a tiny butterfly are added, cut from scraps of the patterned papers.

The sides of the box are covered in antique gold cardstock and decorated with gold twigs and cherry blossoms diecut from the patterned papers, with tiny pale pink gems in their centres.

"Inside box"

Inside the box, the base is left fairly plain, with a lining of antique gold cardstock and just a couple of diecut papers adhered with mat multi medium. It needs to be left very flat so as not to catch on any of the contents.

"Inside lid"

The inside of the lid can have more decoration, and is layered with images cut from the patterned papers, with some diecut flowers edged in gold aquamarker and shaped with an embossing tool for extra dimension.

"Larger frame"

Both frames were charity shop finds that I paid £1 each for. The front of both frames has a base layer of patterned paper; the edges sanded and coloured to match the box.

"View showing sides"

The sides are coloured with gold aquamarker and rubbed to give a distressed effect..


Images are cut from the patterned paper, shaped with an embossing tool, and stuck onto the items using Pinflair for added dimension.

"Hanging Frame"

The other frame is decorated in a similar way, but has a little butterfly in place of the swallows. The ribbon is coloureed with gold aquamarker to match the frame. Both frames have matching pictures inserted from the patterned papers.

I'm not sure who is going to receive this present yet. Of the ladies, I have older women, 40 something women, a 22 year old woman and teenage girls to make for. Who do you think??

Empty crystallised ginger wooden box
two old small picture frames from charity shop
Graphic45 8x8" paper pad - Birdsong
Spellbinders: Cherry Blossom, Decorative Labels One
antique gold cardstock
adhesives: glossy accents, Pinflair, Matt Multi Medium
small pale pink gems
gold aquamarker


  1. WOW! These are stunning Maddy. Gorgeous designs and the colours are so beautiful.
    I think they would be a lovely gift for any age.

    Hugs Sue

  2. Fabulous creations, a wonderful set.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Maddy any one, any age would be lucky to receive such a lovely gift xx

  4. So wonderfull - I am sure of that everyone would be more than happy to receive these fantastic gifts. I would really want to be able to make such things like you do.


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