Altered Tin Box Tutorial


Here is a tin box that I altered to make a sewing box for my sisters birthday.

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Here is the original box:

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First I rubbed Treasure Gold onto the tin box all over, and let this ‘cure’ overnight.
Then I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Grunge Paper to fit the top of the lid, and embossed it with several different dies. I coloured this also with Treasure Gold to age it.

I cut a long piece of Kraft-Tex paper for around the sides. (this is very much the same as grunge paper but comes in a long roll so probably is better value. You can also paint, distress and emboss it as you can Grunge Paper)

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Then I started to decorate the top of the box by sticking things to my grunge paper. I stuck lace and ribbon around the edges of the grunge paper. I cut out some XCut Haberdashery dies, and coloured in some Bare Basics cotton reels in Treasure Gold. I used my trusty glue gun and some silicone molds to make flowers and letters. I used  Artiste Spray Ink  on the flower mold shapes (leave to dry thoroughly)  TIP: when using the glue gun, make sure you lift any excess bits that are trailing or sticking out from underneath once glued, whilst the glue is still soft, otherwise it looks awful! Had some trouble with this!
I then made a rolled up flower from some Bare Basics peach frill, and dipped into spray ink on edges for effect. I tied and stuck down a lace bow. For the felt flowers, I die cut the felt flowers, then used my heat gun on them to harden and curl the felt a bit, before sticking them together with hot glue.

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To make the strip around the sides, I embossed my Kraft-Tex paper and coloured with Treasure Golds, then stuck it with a heavy duty glue around the sides. I cut a ‘V’ into the ends to fit around and up to the carrying handle of the box. I then used my Haberdashy Dies again to make embellishments; coloured these with Treasure Gold and stuck them on with the same heavy duty glue. (I used E6000 that I bought in the USA). I placed my sisters initials at the front either side of the handle hinges as shown.  The letters were die cut with XCut ‘Alice’ alphabet dies.

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For the inside of the box, I cut two pieces of Papermania Sew Lovely adhesive fabric paper. This was very tricky to get it stuck into the box without the fabric creasing, and to get it to fit into the corners, hence I had to add the tape measure ribbon to hide the bare corners! (Papermania also). I used the same Artiste Spritzing Ink in Ocean Blue on all the things I inked, the flower molds, the tape and the fabric. TIP: It’s messy! I sprayed it over my wall! It took two or three coats of paint to remove! So either do it outside or use a HUGE box as I did to catch all the spray!)
Spray the fabric and the tape before inserting into box. Again, the tape was a bit tricky to fit inside the lid, as you have to make sure the box can still close!
I then die cut oval for the bottom of the tin from the Madame Payraud papers by Papermania with the word ‘Costumer’ in the centre of the oval!
For the last detail, I used Treasure Gold on some linen buttons I picked up at a car boot and placed these around the rim of the lid and onto the sides.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try something yourselves! If you do, please send me photos or a comment with your blog link so that I can come see your work! Thank you!

About Denise Fletcher

I have been creating cards for about ten years now, and still get a kick out of it. Ive learnt a lot of techniques along the way that are fun to try! I am a former member of Design Team (2014) which I did for a year and loved it. At the moment I'm just creating for my own pleasure! I create the odd mixed media piece but at the moment it's mainly Cards. I hope you enjoy my work.

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