Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cutlery Boxes made into Sewing Boxes or whatever!

Hello Everyone!
Today I am talking about Cutlery Boxes.
We have all seen them, used them and
then disposed of them when we finish of them.
Because basically
our styles change or we just tire of
them. Or maybe they broke.
Well, these are nice sized boxes. I took
the pictures of these wooden boxes
back in 2009 with the intention of making
something out of them back then. I completely forgot
about these boxes until about a month
ago when I found them again. Anything
can get lost at my house.
You can make these boxes into anything
you desire. I happen to love sewing boxes,
thread boxes, any kind of a box really.
These boxes can be purchased at thrift
stores or perhaps you already have
1 or 2 of them hanging around in your
attic. Oh, another thing - some of
these boxes have a cardboard bottom.
That is okay, some boxes are all
Should you get one of these boxes
just be careful when you paint or
strip stain from the bottom of the box
of the cardboard. Some of these cutlery boxes
are stained in nice colors.
I have 3 of these cutlery boxes and 2 of
them have cardboard bottoms.
No biggy!
The pictures you see is one of these
cutlery boxes made into a sewing
box. I made this Shabby Chic box for my
friend Catherine. I made it so she
could put it beside her sewing machine and her
Serger machine to hold scissors, threads, pincushions.
These things would be within arms reach and hopefully
would look nice on her table. But really, Catherine, you
can use this box for whatever your heart desires.
You should be
receiving it soon. This is part of her surprise.
I did put other things in the box for her, that I
am not showing, hope she likes it all!
So - now start looking at those
cutlery boxes!!!
 These cutlery boxes are about 14 to 15 inches wide,
10.5 inches long and 3 inches deep. Both are different
colors. The top one is a reddish color while the bottom
one is an old brown color. My 3rd box not pictured here
is a pretty brown. All of these boxes will be painted or
papered inside and out.
Look inside of these boxes and strip out all of the
dividers and or felt that you see. Clean her up!
I have painted this one white with ordinary craft
Here is the front of Catherine's box. I used empty
thread spools for the feet. I wrapped white lace
around each spool and topped it off with some sheer
pink ribbon. The box is papered with
shabby chic scrapbook paper that I downloaded
from the internet.  This paper is so pretty! It is one
of my favorites.  The good thing about having
feet on this box is that it gives her a place to store
some cross stitch leaflets for future projects. Or she
can store her sewing machine books there.  I glued
a cute pink sheer ribbon with a ribbon rose in the
indention of the box on the front.
To decorate the top of the box -
First, I glued down
another shabby chic paper and trimmed it with lace.
I put 4 pink sheer bows at each corner.
Second, I dyed some cheesecloth with
Kool-aid in pink and blue, mixed in some
white cheesecloth and glued it to the top of the box. 
Third, I used 2 cream colored cherubs that hang
on the wall! Included with them was the pretty
flowers that you see here. They are so
sweet but a little heavy. They are glued down good, but
still be careful when opening the box.
Fourth, after letting the cherubs dry and that took
about 4 days to do so. I then added some craft pearls and
bunched up the cheesecloth around the cute cherubs.
I also added little pieces of cheesecloth here and
there between the flowers.
The pink sheer bow you see has a white button in the
middle of it. 
I cannot even begin to tell you how
pretty the top of the box is. It turned out lovely. I am
pleased with the overall look of it.
Here is the left side of the box.
I thought that this was the right side - but it is not.
I must have thought that I was looking at the right
side. Sorry.
Here is the back of the box where the hinges are.
This is what the inside of the box looks like. Catherine
loves pink, white and red. I did not use anything that
was red. I used a pink flannel to
line the box and then put lace around the sides
on the top of the lid and the sides of the bottom half
of the box. All of the lace inside and outside of the
box are the same lace.
I glued on white pockets from Aida cloth and
glued on sheer pink bows. These pockets are a
little tight. I forgot to give each one a little slack,
so please be careful if you put something in them.
In one of the pockets I gave her a cherub magnetic
needle holder for her cross stitch.
We cut some pretty bright white string. My hubby
screwed each string into the box on each side
so the lid could stay up and the box not topple
over because of the weight of the cherubs.
I gave her some surprises on the inside of
the box which I hope she likes!
Have a lot of fun!!
Thank you for visiting me.


diamondc said...

I am just ready to cry what a lovely sewing box I am excited to recieve it, I truely will use it, I want to thank-you from the bottom of my heart, it is amazing how the blogging world is so friendly, I have gained so many friends here you are th jewel of them all.

Blessings to you.



Hopblogger said...

Thank you. I hope that you like everything that I am sending. Enjoy sweetie!
mini smiles and blessings to you as well.

Hopblogger said...

Catherine, you are truly welcome!