cardboard / recycled box
gold spray paint
various patterned paper serviette
white and gold ribbon to decorate
If you want to make your own box you can see Ellie’s Victorian crafting Series: Bon Bon Boxes where she gives a tutorial on folding a box from cardboard.
I decided to use a recycled box instead of making one from scratch. It appeals to my Earth-care values. I then spray-painted it gold. I did three layers. It took a while as I had to wait for it to dry. I was tired when I started this project and I felt flat. I guess it is because of the state of the world. I kept thinking, ‘I am making a bon bon box for who? I am in lock down – who can I give it to?’ So as the gold was taking time to dry it gave me time to process my feelings on a deeper level; I often find that being creative helps me to process.
After the gold dried I glued on the ribbons to attach them on the inside; the white one was a tie, the gold one was a handle. To finish the box I met with Ellie from Elliementalist . I layered patterned paper serviette, using clear glue; one for the black lace effect and the other for the leaves. If you are interested in this process I encourage you to view the discussion of how I do my layering process here on my other blog site, Journal extracts .
Here is the finished image. In the end I was very happy to have made the box and want to make more in future. It was fun and I can use them as gift boxes or bon bon boxes when we get to the end of this lock down. I am sure you are also looking forward to being able to move about freely.
Take care – Life is a gift, be inspired and make it happen. – MN
You can also view Victorian Craft Series: Monograms and Cyphers