Good morning!  I hope y’all have had a good week so far and are looking forward to the weekend.  My plan is to spend the entire weekend in the studio and try and get ahead of the game a little.  There’s so much going on and in the midst of it all, I’ve been having a few medical tests.   I have another test on Monday and I’m hoping to be somewhat prepared for next week by getting a few things ready in advance.

My project that I have to share with you, is also being showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog today.  It’s all about Graphic 45 and wood so I hope you hop on over and visit to see what the other designers have created.

Y’all know I like to junk store and search for things to alter.  For this project, I started with this wood recipe card box:


I had already sanded the box when I took the photo, and you can definitely see the rooster detail that had been there before.

The box was then painted black and embellished.


Of course I had to do some sanding after I painted it, just to give it that well-used worn look.  Just for the fun of it, I added a Graphic 45 Metal Tag.   The sanded areas were covered with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.


The flowers on the top were die cut from the Steampunk Debutante Collection – Fantasy Floral, Victorian Transformers and Steampunk Debutante papers, using Spellbinders™ Grand Peony and Carnation Creations.    The leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Spellbinders Foliage, than painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.  The flourish was painted with Peeled Paint and once it was dry, Peeled Paint Distress Stickles were added.


The edges of the flowers were sponged with Antique Linen then shaped and assembled.  A corsage pin was inserted in the middle to work as a handle when dipping the flowers in UTEE (Faux Porcelain).


The original hinges on the box were replaced with Graphic 45 Metal Hinges.


Graphic 45 Metal Button were placed on the bottom for feet.

I guess that’s all I have for today, except don’t forget to visit the Graphic 45 Blog to see what the other designers made!

Thanks for stopping by!


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13 Responses to “Upcycling Old Boxes!”

  1. Love the box; it’s absolutely stunning! I went back and checked out your video, again, on faux porclein flowers. My flowers aren’t looking anything like yours and I found out why; one of the petals wasn’t being cut. Will try again this morning to see if a flower will turn out as beautiful as yours, Sherry. Thanks so much for posting your videos; you’re an excellent teacher who makes it easy for me to learn, if I pay close attention the first time around…lol Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. wow another stunner. everything you make is gorge and so inspiring. i’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and hope all the medical issues turn out to be nothing much.

  3. Sherry, Love what you did with this box. I have some boxes to remake, I’m going to try the utee dip with my flowers. Great look and sturdy! Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  4. Sherry…you have inspired me so much! I now have one eye open at all times in case there’s something wonderful that can be upcycled. Thanks so much! And good luck with your tests. I pray everything turns out well.

  5. Aahhhh! Sherry, a gal after my own heart! Yep, there’s nothing like a box that needs some paper and ink to get my pulse-rate surging!
    Have a great Holiday,

  6. Love how you repurposed this box, your flowers as always are a wonderful addition to anything!

  7. Wonderful idea for me to squirrel away! Hope all is well with you; if I need to worry for you email me and let me know! I’m a good worry wart!

  8. What a great idea! I love what you did and girl your flowers have always been a favorite of mine you do them just perfectly!! I hope all went well today. My Mom had to have some tests today too. Praying all went well.

  9. Wow-eee Sherry, just beautiful! I haven’t been commenting much lately, but I still think your work is stunning!! Even if I don’t say so :o) <3

  10. Great Job Sherry! I also am in the midst of redoing/updoing some older recipe boxes that I got from my grandmother. You are a great inspiration, you work is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Blessings!

  11. I like the simplicity of the box, with the flowers as the focal point. I always love your work. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow, I luv this box and the flowers are fabulous. I’m assuming you did them by dipping in UTEE? I really need to get me a melting pot and play. Great work!

  13. Great project and again those wonderful flowers. I wish you well with your tests. Prayers and Love sent as this medical stuff can wear on one. May the Magic of Christmas start early for you.

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