Whew! I thought I was going to have my first real Pinterest failure tonight. But I pulled it out in the nick of time with the quick thinking of Big Daddio. This just goes to proves that you should never give up – even when American Idol top 10 results are on and you really just want to lay on the couch!
Today’s project started because of the new baby in a couple of ways. First, I brought home a box from my daughter’s house. It was from a gift that Jay got her as a birth present. She couldn’t eat unprocessed foods while she was pregnant and he ordered her a whole assortment of wonderful cheeses – brie, blue cheese and some others I don’t know the name of but were really good (Jordan shared with us).
Anyway, it all came in a box that was cute and could have been reused as it was. But I had bigger ideas! I brought it home and got to work. I found a can of pink spray paint – my new favorite. I sprayed it several times to cover the red lettering. Then I started thinking about how to decorate it. I’m not really artistic which is too bad, because I had a great idea to freehand draw an Easter Bunny and write the baby’s name and birthdate in beautiful handwriting. Unfortunately, I know this wasn’t going to look good if I did it myself so I had to search Pinterest for alternatives.
I found a really cute pin with a downloadable print from The Velveteen Rabbit. This was my youngest daughter’s favorite stuffed animal when she was young. She carried a ratty and deteriorating Velveteen Rabbit that she called “Bun-Bun” everywhere she went. Anyone who knows her has a story about Bun-Bun. So this definitely has a special place in my heart.
The link is for a download you can buy on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/86886971/digital-download-image-vintage-velveteen?utm_campaign=Share&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_source=Pinterest. Now I have to be honest – I’ve heard about Etsy but was never really sure what it was. I had to set up an account and then purchase the download for $1.oo. Once I got into my account, I quickly discovered a whole new world of things to want! There’s a million unique and handcrafted things! It’s probably a good thing I didn’t have much time to look around – yet.
My first attempt was rather unsuccessful. I tried using my spray glue and then Mod-Podging the print to the top of the box. I don’t think I’ve really mastered Mod-Podge, because it kind of buckled and wrinkled like it did the last time I tried it on the wall hanging for Brooke’s room. Anyway, Big Daddio took one look at it and said “Why is it so wrinkled? You should tear it off and start over.” Which is what I did!
The second time I decided that simpler might be better. I just glued the print to the top with my spray glue and then got really crafty. I sprayed a little glue around the top and sprinkled on some glitter. Voila! I added the cute little stick-on jewels I found down in the basement and it turned out really cute. Now I have a box for the baby’s first Easter. I can’t wait to start looking for things to fill it with.
Glad I didn’t give up on this one!