Working here is great; when a birthday comes around the tools are on hand to make a personalised, unique gift. This is exactly what I’ve made for one of my good friends Katie, it’s her 21st this week so it was an opportunity to make something special and all I needed was a plain box which I bought from Paperchase.
Decorating the box didn’t take very long once I had decided which stencil I wanted to use. After a few experiments I chose a pretty stencil called F3 Moroccan, it has corner pieces which when put together makes a circle, in the centre of the circle I stencilled numbers 2 and 1 from the F22 numbers stencil. Both stencils are part of the Stencils for Furniture collection
Whilst experimenting I noticed that when the stencilled circle was completed it was slightly too big for the lid so I masked off a small area on each end of the design making sure it was still symmetrical.
I would advise making sure the separate quarters of the circle are completely dry before positioning it again otherwise you might smudge the paint! So, the lid took around 10 minutes to stencil. To put the numbers in the centre I measured the height of them and found the centre point of the circle and placed them accordingly.
To give the box that little extra decoration I took the same stencil and used it round the sides of the box.
The main concern about this kind of project is not the difficulty it’s just about basic housekeeping, so things like making sure paint is dry before re-applying the stencil and turning the box. So that’s it, really simple, but the result is something completely unique to Katie and something she can keep and use for whatever she likes. The thing I like most about this kind of gift is that it’s something no one else will have, it’s not a box that you’ll see in Clintons or even Paperchase and I’m fairly certain it’s something she’ll like very much (if she doesn't she may no longer be my friend).