we three kings gift boxes

December 24, 2009

We Three Kings Illustrated by Olga Zharkova

We really enjoyed singing this book this Christmas season. And even though we returned to the library a few weeks ago, Juliet has been on a big three kings kick after watching a community presentation of The Little Drummer Boy.

To make our own three kings gift boxes, I grabbed some empty boxes from our recycle box. I think the one on the left is a nut container from Trader Joes, the middle is a Prune carton, and the one of the right is a Babybel cheese box.

Then I set about covering them in this wood grain contact paper. I just traced the shapes of the lids, cut out the shape and stuck them on. The contact paper is very forgiving--several times I misplaced or or set it down crookedly and I was able to pull it up and try again. I also mis-measured several spots and remedied it by cutting a "band-aid" piece and just sticking it over the uncovered part. It blended fairly well. (Sorry for the dark picture.)

I covered all three boxes and think the end result is sort of a faux bois effect (or a "fake wood paneled station wagon door that my parents drove around in the 80s" effect--whichever you prefer.)

And what does Juliet bring to baby Jesus in her fancy new "wooden" boxes, you ask?

Bottle caps...

airline eye masks...

and Mardi Gras beads.

Frankincense, gold, and myrrh are overrated anyways...

This post kind of reminds me of a fun blog I just found called blah to tada--she takes ordinary objects (that's the blah part) and transforms them into lovely new things (tada!) I like stuff like that. Thought I would share it with you.

1 comment:

Ana said...

Merry Christmas Vanessa! I love this craft :)

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