I’ve been in a crafting rut lately. Life has me pulled in many directions right now and on top of that this last and coming month are crazy hectic. It doesn’t help either that I’ve been caught in a whirlwind love affair with a new author and have yet to put down a single one of her many books in the last few weeks. I’m to about a book every two and half days.
Then, when I was worried about just how I was going to fill my blog this week (it’s already Friday for crying out loud!) I was flooded with inspiration and ran with it while I could. My favorite thing this week was these little keepsake boxes. Personally I love having boxes to store precious memorabilia and often time it is hard to find the perfect box for that special something, so I decided it was nigh time I create one of my own.
1. Stone Mosaic Tiles ( I got my tub from Michael’s)
2. Painters Tape
3. Paint Brushes
4. Keepsake Box (This can be made from stiff cardboard or wood, whatever you prefer.)
5. Gloss Paint (Gloss because you need less coats and it creates a nice sheen when dry.)
6. Tacky Glue (If you can find it use the kind that comes with a brush)
7. (Not Pictured) Liquid Gold Leaf *optional
To get started I like to lay out my tiles before gluing. This helps me have an even spread of color, find the choice pieces and make sure everything lines up. When designing my boxes I found that the tile size didn’t allow for full coverage of the lid. With the suggestion of one of my besties, Kat, I kept a board around the edge for gold leafing.
Once all my tile were laid out I taped off my border with painters tape. This helps you remember where your edges are when gluing. Be gentle so you don’t knock your tiles out of alignment.
*Tip: For keeping you color placement at the ready I used a large flat object and placed it over the top of my lid. Very quickly I flipped the lid over, transferring the design to the flat surface, leaving the taped lid free to work with. Sometime I had to re-arrange a few of the tiles but this is the best way for moving them off the surface while retaining the design you spent time creating.
Begin gluing in segments. If the box is small you can cover the entire surface then place your stones. But if the box measures than, say, 4 inches across, work in sections so your glue doesn’t dry before you get to it.
*Tip: Don’t put down too much glue. Too much will cause the tile to slide out of place as others are pressed against it. Be mindful to stay within your tape lines (if doing the gold leaf option)
Once the glue set, remove the painter’s tape and paint your box. To get the fine edge between my paint and gold leaf I used painters tape to mark off the section I wanted my leaf. I recommend taping off first, painting the box, THEN going back and doing the gold leaf. You’ll want to tape twice. Once will block off the section you want the gold leaf. When the paint dries, remove the tape and tape again, this time along the paint edge and even along the stone so you don’t get any leaf on them. Remove when dry and touch up!
I love the colors of these stones and with the gold leaf they have this Art Deco feel to them. The weight of the stone tiled lids gives these boxes some heft and thus add to their appeal. Play around with different tile types (I’m working a glass tile box now) and even with different paints. I found gloss to be the best final look, but there could be something even better out there! You never know. Happy Making!