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  • Introduction
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If you have a gift-giving occasion coming up, this one might be a winner for you. When my Dad saw this in my house he said "Is this for giving? Can I have this?" That's the reaction I want when I make something! For this project you can either purchase an undecorated wooden box from a craft store, or look through thrift stores to find one to repurpose.

Tools and Materials

Scraps of paper with interesting images
Faux beach glass in light colors or clear (look in the florist section at craft stores)
Liquid Laminate
Flat paintbrushes
Small wooden box with lid
Dust mask
Rags and/or thick, fluffy wall painting brush
Acrylic paints - black, metallic copper, brown
Medium brown cardstock
Self-healing cutting mat
X-Acto knife
Metal ruler
Open design strip stamp from the set Border Stripes
Black StazOn ink pad
Tacky Glue or other craft glue
Bone folder
Gem-Tac glue

    Mosaic Box
  1. Glue glass pieces to interesting pieces of paper with Liquid Laminate. Brush Liquid Laminate on top of glass pieces to make them more clear and less frosty so you can see the paper better.

  2. Put on dust mask and prepare the wooden box by sanding. Use a damp rag or wall-painting brush to remove sawdust.

  3. Put some black acrylic paint in a cup and water it down a bit. This is so the paint will soak into the wood of the box and result in a matte or semi-matte finish instead of a shiny one. Add a little metallic copper paint to the mix to add a subtle touch of sparkle. Paint the box inside and out.

  4. When box is dry, sand edges so that the wood color shows through. Once again, clean off dust with a damp wall-painting brush or rag.

  5. Mix up a light wash of water and brown acrylic paint. Brush this mixture on the outside of the box to stain the exposed wood on the corners.

  6. Sponge some brown and metallic copper acrylic paint onto the Medium brown cardstock to give a mottled appearance.

  7. When cardstock is dry use an X-Acto knife to cut out 1/4 inch wide strips from the cardstock. The length of strips to cut depends on how big your box is. These strips will be used to create a border around the edge of the box lid.

  8. Mosaic BoxStamp the open design stamp from the set Border Stripes Unmounted onto the cardstock strips with black StazOn ink. This stamp has turned out to be one of the most versatile designs in my collection!

  9. Mark strips with pencil to indicate where to cut. By cutting the ends at an angle, you can miter the corners. Glue down strips around edge of lid with Tacky Glue or other similar craft glue and rub with bone folder to make a tight seal.

  10. Once glass pieces are all the way dry, use scissors to trim paper right up to the edge of the glass. Arrange on top of box lid, and when you have an arrangement you like glue the pieces down with Gem-Tac. You're done!


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