Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Here’s my Heart mini crazy quilt candy box

I admit it. I love quilts. I have them on beds and I hang them on walls. My favorite of all quilt patterns is a crazy quilt.  Some say that I can be a bit loopy so maybe that is why I gravitate to that particular quilt.  In reality I just like the rich colors and the fact that anything goes. What sets these particular quilts apart from others is the fancy embroidery stitching that usually adorns all the seams.

One of my antique crazy quilts

In honor of one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, I have created a little crazy quilt heart box, and you can too!

You will need:

White Mini paper mache heart box available in craft stores

Scraps of scrapbook paper in pink or red prints

Tracing paper

Graphite or carbon paper

Ruler, pencil, scissors

Tacky glue

Decoupage glue

Small paintbrush

Black dimensional fabric paint

Scraps of lace for trimming edge

1.     Place the top of the heart box on the tracing paper and trace the shape.

2.     Using the ruler, section the heart you just traced in random shapes for a total six sections. Number the pieces.

3.     Use the carbon or graphite paper to trace each section onto a different piece of scrapbook paper and cut out.  Put a corresponding number on the back for easier placement. 

4.     Brush some decoupage glue on the back of each piece and attach to the top of the box.  Continue until all the pieces are added. Don't worry if the pieces do not abut perfectly.  Any imperfections will be covered with the dimensional fabric paint.  Brush a coat of decoupage glue onto the top to seal.  Let dry.

5.     Using the photo as a guide and the dimensional paint draw stitch lines on the seams.  Practice on a piece of scrap paper before working on the box top.  Be creative and invent some of your own.  Let dry.

6.     Spread some tacky glue on the edge and add some decorative lace.  Let dry, fill with candy, and present  it to your favorite Valentine.


Lee said...

Great little project! Neat way to deliver a few candies and some handcrafted jewelry :^)

Liz Revit said...

Crystal, I love this project. The dimensional paint really makes everything pop.

Leovi said...

Preciosos diseños, Muy bonito. Dado que tu blog es muy plolifacético lo voy a situar en mi blogrollaen la sección de Miscellaneous

Anonymous said...

How sweet and lovely Crystal. A little box for small it!

Heather said...

that looks like so much fun! I love those little boxes...perfect for the little things!

Magic Love Crow said...

I love this! Thanks so much Crystal! I will be making some!

Franz said...

That beautiful,i love it!


Anonymous said...

Really like this idea...if I can round up all the materials I'll try to make 4 to give to the kids and g'kids for Valentines Day! Thanks for sharing.

Wanda said...

Adorable, adorable, adorable!

We need you to be in charge of crafts at our Vacation Bible School...The kids would love your creativity.

Happy Valentines Day, friend!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Crystal, Thanks so much for coming to my blog. Come back anytime.... I am enjoying yours. You are one very creative lady.

Love the little 'quilted' Heart box... What a nice gift that would be. Thanks so much for sharing.


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