Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Done with time to spare!

All finished with plenty of time to spare!  I'm super happy with how they turned out.  Two boxes have a green base coat and two have a red base.  All four have different trims and all the linens are different.  I lined all of them with a hand made marbled paper in green.  I also went to a glass artist and made a glass ornament to put in each box.  :-)  I'm confident that my family will love it.  I'm sad however, two of my siblings are saying they are done with our tradition.  We've done this for over 20 years and it's been a lot of fun.  We decided we would take a vote on Wednesday but I'm pretty sure I'll loose but we did agree to circle back in a year and take another vote 







I had a question last week regarding the waxing of the paper mache boxes.  I follow the steps from a box that Blackbird Designs did in 2006 called Secret Garden (it was a Loose Feathers).  I take a paper mache box and paint it with two coats of a base acrylic paint then give it a third (and maybe fourth) coat of the top color.  After it's all dry I buff off enough of the top color so the base color shows through.  It also gives it a nice smooth finish.  The I wax it all with brown shoe wax and buff it until is shines.  I use Kiwi Wax.  You can see in the photo below, it totally enhances the final look of the box. 


11 comments:

marly said...

Beautiful gifts. Great job on the boxes!

Rugs and Pugs said...

What a lovely gift. I'll be your sibling :)
Merry Christmas.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Ann said...

They look wonderful--and thanks for the tips on finishing the boxes!

Hazel said...

These are beautiful! Great job. X

Karen said...

Your boxes are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Debbie said...

Wow, they look amazing! I'm going to try your box finishing.

Merry Christmas!

Jannie said...

Perfection! Absolute perfection! Merry Christmas!

Melody said...

Great job on getting those projects done for Christmas! They turned out beautiful!!

Kristen said...

They're gorgeous Margie! I suspect that these boxes are going to sway the vote. :)

I had asked about the waxing; thanks for explaining. I have that Secret Garden chart and I'm going to pull it out. The Blackbird ladies always have great finishing ideas.

Bonnie said...

The boxes are beautiful can not believe they what to stop this tradition.

phann son said...

They look wonderful--and thanks for the tips on finishing the boxes!

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