Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2015 - Day Three

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2015 - Day Three

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 8th 2015

Thanks for joining us on the third and final day of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We've had such a blast and we have one final tutorial for you, links to the other blogs participating in the hop, and instructions on how to enter the MASSIVE giveaway!

Give the gift of art all year long with an elegant art supply gift box using Americana® Acrylics. It's the perfect gift for your artist friends!

Items Needed:


Sand the box surface to remove any rough edges. Wipe away any dust with a paper towel.

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Crumple and un-crumple pieces of tracing or tissue paper large enough for each side of the surface. On one side, use a 1" flat brush to cover the side with Americana Paper Decou-Page. Apply the tissue paper, being sure to leave some wrinkles on the surface. Apply another coat of Decou-Page on the tissue paper and remove any bubbles. Let dry. Use a piece of sandpaper to sand off excess paper on the edges of the box. Repeat until all sides are covered.

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Quickly paint one side in Khaki Tan with a 1" flat brush. Before the paint dries, wipe back with a paper towel, leaving some of the paint behind. Repeat until all sides are covered.

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On each side, position a different area of the Americana Decor Postcard from Paris Stencil. Using a cosmetic sponge, apply Lamp Black to the stencil. Let dry. Once dry, sand the stenciled areas.

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Mix Americana Staining/Antiquing Medium with Burnt Umber according to packaging instructions. Paint one side of the box with the mix and wipe back with a paper towel while it is still wet. Repeat for all sides. Save mix for next step.

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With the same mix from step 5, use a cosmetic sponge to lightly apply on the corners and edges of the box. Do not wipe back.

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    Seal the box using Americana Matte Spray Finish.

Cut out a strap for the top of the box as desired from leather or other desired material. Cut half circles for the corners to the desired size. If needed, cut the ends of the brads off so it will not stick through the container. Hammer in the leather pieces with hammer and brads.

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Add a few art supplies inside before you wrap things up for an extra surprise.

While you're in the hopping mood, hop on over to Atta Girl Says to check out how Amy created a gift for the Star Wars fan in your life!

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Thanks for joining us on our final day of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! It's been so much fun sharing awesome projects that'd be the perfect gift for the holidays.

Finally, we'd like to thank all of the sponsors and bloggers that made this hop possible. Make sure you check out all of the other participating blogs below and keep hop-hop-hopping along!

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We've also teamed up with the other sponsors to put together a MASSIVE giveaway that includes over $600 in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade. Enter to win using the widget below:

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