Happy Easter Everyone! We actually celebrated Easter last weekend since family was in town. Also needed to finish up this Easter project early since the recipient was going on a trip and wouldn't be here for Easter. I knew the only person who would appreciate it here in Hilo is my friend Debi, so I designed it just for her.
While surfing YouTube, I stumbled onto this cool Easter Explosion Box Mini Album by Kathy Orta. She is a whiz at coming up with cool projects and sells kits/teaches online. By the time I saw this video, it was over a year after she originally published it. I bookmarked it for future reference and found it just in time for this Easter.
I didn't really want to make the box an explosion box, so I decided to just make it a regular box instead but decorate the cover similar to the video- like an Easter Basket... only mine is more Shabby. Here's what I came up with...
Here's a close up of the box cover. The box was made using the new Prima Fairy Rhymes paper. Love love love that paper! You can't tell cause I covered the cover up, but it has an amazing butterfly pattern on it. I think you can see it on the box bottom.
After making the box and cover, I attached the handle on with some brads. Kept it simple since I wanted the cover to stand out more. To decorate the cover, I stared by adding some tulle to the bottom. Then added some of my home made burlap leaves that I colored using my distress stains. Then added some I Am Roses roses and some gems/pearls. Then I used some mini plastic eggs I found at Walgreens (yep, I searched several stores to find the small size and they were the only store in Hilo that carried them). I decorated them using lace and flowers. Then I found this chick from my Easter posts last year. It made a cute addition to the lid.
Around the edge of the lid, I added some ruffled trim and then on top of that added some flower beaded trim. I wasn't sure I would use this trim I got from Craft Supply, but I'm glad I picked it up.
On the side of the basket, I added some sheer ribbon and made a bow. In the middle, I added a Wild Orchid Crafts rose.
I took a photo from this angle to show you that I had also added one of my home made stick pins to the rose. You can also see the lace on the eggs too.
And inside the basket, I added in a small notebook I altered. It was originally a plain kraft recycled notebook I picked up for $1 at Ben Franklin. With some of the scrap from the box, I was able to cover the notebook. Then I added some flatback pearl trim along the edge of the book. This was the first time I've ever done that, so I wasn't sure if it would work, but it seemed to work out ok. Then I decorated the cover using a MS doily (from Debi), handmade flower, and some Petaloo flowers from my stash. Also added a Pink Paislee buttefly (love!) and Doodlebug heart pearls. I'm linking these even more than regular pearls! And finally, I used one of my coveted Melissa Frances lock and key resin pieces. Love this look!
Here's a better look at those embellies...
Debi seemed to like these projects a lot! Glad I decided to give it to her. :)