Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Altered Candy Box


Since Christmas is over, I feel okay about sharing this project that I made for a co-workers' daughter for a gift. This was one of the most fun projects that I have done for a while and it turned out so cute and sparkly!
The story behind this box is that my co-worker is taking his young daughter to Disneyworld to have breakfast with the princesses. . . this gift was what he gave her to tell her that she was going. Can you imagine the amount of SQUEE that ensued? I wish I had it on film. :)

First, I totally stole an empty candy box from work. Someone nice left a box of See's truffles for us at the nurses' station. The candies made a quick disappearance, and I later found this box in the trash - I rescued it as it was way too pretty to discard. Candy boxes are always fun for decorating.


I used my Cricut cartridge called Storybook for all of the accents on this box. I cut the crown out of some gold foil paper in three layers - the background, normal cut, and accent layers. I added lots of bling for the crown gems. The crown was put together using dimensional foam squares. The letters for her name (Isn't Aurowyn a beautiful name?) were also cut in three layers - Shadow for gold foil, normal in pink cardstock, and accents again in the gold foil. The layers were glued together and I added some pearls to further embellish each letter.

The crown and letters were added to white cardstock which was added to the top of the box. A light dusting of clear acrylic spray paint gave the top of this box a little extra staying power. Then, I added dots of stickles and glitter gel pen dots to the outside edges of the paper. I also cut four corner flourishes on the gold foil paper. I creased these in half using an embossing tool and added them to each corner of the box. The bottom of the box was covered with a pink glittery paper that I found in a DCWV stack - garden party I believe. This was done by measuring the sides of the boxes exactly and cutting the strips to match. I think that I also even covered the bottom of the box - but I did not need to do anything to the inside of the box as it was already covered with a pretty brown paper.

It only seemed right to add the "wish came true" sentiment cut on gold foil to the inside of this box. I hope that maybe later, this little gal will get to keep all of her princess mementos inside this box. Inside the box I made a card from the princesses to invite Miss Aurowyn to come and see them. I did a google search for Disney Princess clip art and came up with a million results. I printed and cut this one to size on my printer and added even more glitter, flowers and embellishments.

I am a font collector of sorts - each of the fonts shown on the inside of the card here were downloaded for free. I tried to match each princesses' name with a font like the one used in the movies - there is even a font called "Walt's Hand" that looks like the writing in the body of the letter.

Best wishes to Aurowyn and her family - I hope that the vacation is great - and I want photos! :D
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7 comments:

Celeste said...

I love this.... Very pretty

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Candy boxes are wonderful for decorating and turning into something fun, smell good too! :) Love your project Nancy!

Dolores said...

You're absolutely right .... that little girl must have squeeled when getting this box. Such a great idea. TFS

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