Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pencil Holder (from Salvation Army Find)

Okay, I picked up the small box that I found from the Salvation Army... remember it from a previous post
Anyway, I decided to make it into a pencil holder.  So, here are the pictures of the process.

I gathered my materials... Mod Podge, paper cutter, Tim Holtz embellishments, 
jute, burlap, scrapbook paper, and of course.... the box!

This is the bottom of the box, but I will use it as the side.
I think this was a small drawer for jewelry before it found its way to
the Salvation Army.  I am going to turn it upright for my project.

I measured my paper and cut it in a strip to fit around the box.  
To make it easier to Mod Podge, I folded the paper around the box 
first so when the time comes to wrap it, it will go on with ease.  
The blue flowered paper you see is actually the backside of the 
paper I am planning to use.  

When I applied the Mod Podge, I sponged it on the box rather than the paper.
I do this because if it is on the paper, it makes it more difficult to make adjustments once 
I lay the paper onto the box.  Also, applying the Mod Podge to the box prevents the 
paper from having wet spots go through (which will cause tears in the paper).

Once that is on, I cut a small rectangle from my second paper choice.
Then I cut an even smaller rectangle from burlap.  I pulled a thread from
each side of the burlap to make it have a fringed look.

Then I took the jute and put it in the holes of my embellishment so 
that the jute would be on the underside of the embellishment.

Once the jute was on the numbered metal plate embellishment, I wrapped it 
around the box and tucked the knot under the embellishment so it would
not be seen.  I applied Mod Podge on the jute (not on the embellishment)
and the burlap and paper once again to make sure it would stay in place.

After that, I wanted to hide the blue inside, so I cut more paper to
fit inside and Mod Podged it into place.

On the inside that would be seen from the front, I applied the same paper that 
I used as the accent paper on the front.  I thought this would make it tie in nicely.

It it still drying here, but you get the idea.

Once, it is dry, add your pencils and pens and display on your desk.

There it is!  

I hope this inspires you to find unconventional items
and transform them into items you love.

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Until next time, be blessed!

:-)  Tonya

* P.S. - I linked this post to Tip Junkie and {Primp} and Full Circle Creations.

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  1. I love how your little box turned out. It looks really great. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  2. Wow, very cool! I love that!


  3. Love how you layered your materials! It looks so much better and I'm sure it is much happier in its new attire :~)

  4. This turned out so cute! I love anything with burlap!