upcycled box

Converting a waste mobile box to a Keepsake box

Ever since I have started quilling, I have been learning many other crafts. Most of the new forms of crafts I have tried have been with respect to recycling stuff.  With all the issues with garbage we are facing in Bangalore and the ever growing emphasis on recycling waste, I have decided to do my share of the job. It has almost become a habit for me to carefully preserve any kind of boxes and packing material for upcycling. I have almost filled one whole cupboard with paper cuttings, cardboards, small carton boxes, packing material, bubble wraps and whatever I feel could be reused.

After newspaper weaving and cardmaking with invitation cards, I tried my hand at decoupage.I tried converting a empty box of my Nexus phone into a cute keepsake box . I was more than glad with the outcome-  Not very bad for a first trial.

  • I used two patterns of  scrapbook paper which I had bought from Itsy Bitsy and the metallic acrylic paints to get the antique/gold tinted look on the box.
  • The reddish or rusty tint in the edges of the box is achieved by dabbing and smudging some metallic paint in the colour rust.
  • I applied a thin coat of metallic gold acrylic paint on the paper to get that extra elegance.
  • For the lace/border, I used a MS punch which I had received as a prize from Lulupu.
  • I made the tiny white flowers using the small floral punch.IMG_20150927_102545IMG_20150927_102456IMG_20150927_102342IMG_20150927_102321IMG_20150927_102245IMG_20150927_102150IMG_20150927_102126IMG_20150927_102057

It was fun working on this project.  My first trial has yielded beautiful results and has motivated me to make more of such upcycling projects with decoupage. Decoupage is one such craft which does not require great skills. All you need is some pattern paper and modpodge and you are all set to go. So, why wait?  Wear your crafty hats and start transforming boring stuff into interesting masterpieces.

Happy crafting!


Upcycled with Quilling: Wooden Mystery Gift Box..

Hello all..

Here is a up-cycled wooden box  which I made using quilling technique. I had a wooden box lying at home from many days. it had some prints on its sides and It was looking very dull and awkward. I couldn’t use it for display as it had no aesthetic appeal. I converted it into a beautiful mystery box by embellishing it with some mixed media:  quilled designs, glittery paper (brown), sequins and beads . This makes a wonderful birthday present.

As I say birthday, how can I forget to mention that  Lulupu- The Craft Longue has turned 3 this month. I wish you a very happy birthday Lulupu.

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This is my entry for the Indian Quilling Challenge #14   Beyond Grey Challenge #66 and  Lulupu challenge #47.

Techniques: Quilling and upcycling.
Materials: I used a old wooden box, brown glittery paper from an old invitation ( to cover the sides and the top center portion of the box), The acetate stiff which comes along with a new shirts collar ( used it to make the flowers and butterfly pop out as the box is opened)
Embellishments: glittery sequins, quilled swirls, flowers
Shapes: Square/Cube
Twist 3: I have used flowers in triplets to emphasize the number 3.
Colors: I used the pastel colors which are so soothing and mild on eyes.
Mood board: I have scripted the word “life” using quillography to depict that Life is a mystery box which never fails to amuse us as it unfolds.