Friday, November 27, 2009

Flocked Treasure

Seems like forever since I was here to post, so sorry for that ..... but I have lots to share over the next few days.

Our demo group was having a Yankee swap of hand made 3D items for our Christmas get -together( it was so yummy....Turkey, Ham and all the trimmings) the Yankee awap was fun too!
This is the project I took to swap....

I had picked up this cute wooden box at a local dollar store and knew I would use it some day, so.......
I used the Flocked red paper from the Christmas Cocoa DSP pkg and covered it. It was very easy to do; cutting the DSP the same width as the box and wrapping it around, adhering it with Tombow multi purpose adhesive. Then I thought to sponge the edges with Real Red ink. Next I used my crop-a-dile and punch three holes through the DSP exactly where the elastic cord and wooden knob/button was on the original box. Next I inserted three red circle fire brads into the holes. I needed to create a fastener for the flapof the box so I took the metallic elastic cord from the Mini catalogue and crocheted a silver chain. I tied the ends to the two brads on the bottom side of the box and stretched it up and over the brad on the top, perfect!
On the inside of the box I lined it with the striped DSP from the same Christmas Cocoa pkg.
The treasure on the inside is a "Washer Necklace/pendant" created using the same DSP's and Crystal Effects. It was really beautiful, if I do say so myself. It was reversable with the Flocked paper on one side and..........
The striped paper on the back; the satin cording is just looped around the washer so it can be easily reversed.
To create the pendant I went to the hardware store and purchased several washers, very inexpensively. At home I matched up the SU circle punches with the washers and punched the shapes from the DSP. These were adhered to the washer using a small amt of Crystal Effects; and when dry I used a sanding block and sanded the edges. The centre was sanded with a small metal file I have for putting DSP onto intricate chipboard cutouts. Once I was happy with this I placed the washer on a cutting mat and applied a thick layer of Crystal Effects, let dry over night or longer and then turned it over and applied it to the back side of the washer. Let dry again for a good 12-24 hrs. I went back and applied another coat of the crystal effects to both sides because I really wanted it to have a bevelled, rounded facade. After I was sure it was dry and hard, 2 days later I took a length of satin cord and looped it through the washer and just tied it in a knot at the ends.

Once I was ready to pkg the jewel I took a piece of Real Red CS and scored it on all sides then cut diagonal slits in the upper corners and punched 1/8th inch holes at the end of the slits for the cording to it in them and inserted it into the box.
Next I decided it didn't need to be wrapped so I made a tag from the Christmas punch set and tied it onto the pkg after wrapping it with a white organza ribbon and bow from SU.

I think it was a hit! .
I got the idea for the washer pendant from this website:
I've made several others that will be gifts for somebody this year.
Hope you like it it was my favorite of them all.
Thanks for looking!


  1. Well this is just fabulous I am so glad I stopped by - thank you for showing us at LNS!
    I sure love the box and the washer/pendant is amazing - I have tried to make these and found the same thing as you - took a long time to dry
    I wasn't never happy with my results, but I think I need to fly to eastern Canada to learn how you did it, cause this is sure beautiful!

  2. Great job Sharri, I love what you did with the box and the pendant. Pretty packaging to top it off is wonderful.

  3. YES--this was a BIG hit!! Thank you for the detailed tutorial of the necklace; so well described, but much nicer to see, and the box...stunning! Such a delightful gift for a fraction of the cost at a store & a one-of-a-kind! Your work gets nicer & nicer; thank you for sharing! SUE~~

  4. What a FANTASTIC project...both that beautifully-covered box, and the necklace! Thanks for sharing!
    Chris in Calgary, AB Canada

    PS. I found your blog from Kelly Mayou's blog finds!!! Am I ever glad I did!