This project has made the rounds a bit. I first wrote about hat box makeovers as a guest blogger for Lucky Star Lane last month. This week, Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks has selected my hat box makeover as Project of the Week. Since the project was never actually posted on my blog, I decided I should resurrect it and plop it here!
If you visit flea markets, estate sales, antique stores, or even garage sales this summer, you'll eventually come across some hat boxes. If you are lucky, they might be covered in wallpaper like one of my examples below. Other times, they might be striped or have the name of the hat maker on them. Other examples might just be dull. Since these boxes can be so useful for storage, why not gussy them up so they can be displayed on top of an armoire or shelf in your bedroom or craft room instead or hidden in a closet?
Besides hat boxes, you will need:
Mod Podge or Collage Pauge
Brayer to roll air bubbles out of applied images
Images you wish to ad to your box.
Embellishments such as lace, fringe, or ric-rac
Hot glue gun to attach embellishments
I keep a stockpile of laser copied paper ephemera for decoupage projects, including perfume and soap labels, Victorian trade cards, and old advertising. I've even color copied packages of eyes and hooks and cards of buttons because I like the pleasing patterns. Of course, you don't have to use copied vintage stuff. Other suggestions would be sheet music, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper.
Apply your Mod Podge to the back of the images with a foam brush, position them on your box in a pleasing configuration, and roll out any extra glue and air bubbles with a brayer. You can use your fingers if you don't have a brayer, but it gets a bit messy! Then, apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of your image. Wait an hour or so, then coat the entire box with the Mod Podge. This is just to give the surface an even appearance.
When your box is dry, add some fun trims. I used blue pom-pom fringe, brown lace, and gold Dresden trim. Using a hot glue gun, apply your trim wherever you want. That's it!
You can see I used the golden Dresden trim to frame the ladies' fashion print, and the lace that I glued around the rims of the box lids:
Here are a few tips:
If you elect to use Mod Podge, consider if it is gloss, matte, or satin. The different finishes will affect your finished project. Personally, I don't think gloss looks good on most paper projects. I used the matte version on my boxes.
I filled in some empty spaces with rose stickers from a simple sticker sheet purchased at Michael's.
If you have an ink-jet printer, buy some spray fixative and coat your images at least once, otherwise the colors will run when you apply your glue. Spray fixative is available in any art supply or craft store in an aerosol can.
Of course, you don't have to use vintage hat boxes. You can buy papier-mache stacking boxes at any craft store that are ready to paint or decoupage.
I hope you have a chance to pretty up some boxes of your own!