Can it be done? Yes it can! This year I am on a misson to make handmade gifts for my family and some of the most difficult people to make gifts for are the men and the teenagers.


My nephew loves Halo and he is one of the most difficult people to buy for in our family. He has expensive taste and likes hard to find items. I thought about things that he likes. He has some jewelry, loves the video game Halo, and likes unique, one-of-a-kind items. This altered wooden card box brings those three things together in a compact, thoughtful, unique gift.


The image on the box lid is printed on Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film and adhered to the lid of the box. Then I accented it with ICED Enamels, chain, snaps, metal buttons, and arylic paint. Inside the box, I made little felt “pillows” to fit in each section. This Walunt Hollow Card box is made for playing cards – I made the pillows removeable so my nephew can use this to put jewelry and trinkets in or he can remove the inserts and use it for playing cards.

The distressing on the lid was especially fun and scary to create – it invovled taking a craft knife to my beautifully shiny ICE Resin finish! Gilder's Paste brings out the details as a final touch.


Here's how to get started:

Generously spray the entire box with Smooch Spritz in Black Velvet to cover. This allows the wood grain to show but gives the wood a great color with a touch of shimmer. Print the image you want onto Craft Attitude Film and let set for several hours. Now, you're ready to work on the box:


What do you think about this project? Are you creating handmade gifts for the men and teens on your list this year?





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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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