May 8, 2012

Last minute idea for a special Mom's gift pack!

The International Mother’s day is now around the corner, but we in Panama celebrate it in the month of December.  However, I worked over the weekend on a project that I had in mind for a great gift on mother’s day.  A surprise themed box filled with some beauty & spa gift set:

This project is easy and quick to make, and a very good idea if you have your gift ready but no wrapping or no special way to pack it and you are running out of time.  You can do it yourself last minute, it will be unique and special but most of all mom will love it.   

But even if your gift is not related to beauty spa or perfumes, you can change the themed images according to your gift.  I recycled one cardboard box I had. 
Here is the before & after:

This decoupage project was made using the wonderful and versatile ModPodge.  The materials you need are:

  • Cardboard box or container that you want to recycle
  • Background papers
  • Images of vintage perfume advertisements
  • Acrylic black paint (*optional, in case it is needed to paint the inside of the box)
  • ModPodge
  • Scissors & brushes 
  • Rubber or clear stamps & ink (*optional)

Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface of the box or container, if it has previous paper glued, remove it completely.  

2. If the inside of the container or box has a color that won't match the design, paint it with acrylic black paint or other color that will go with your design.   As it is cardboard it will dry very fast. 

3. Print the background papers and images and seal them with a fixative spray.  Let them dry.

4. Cut the papers and the vintage perfume images.  For this project I chose two papers, a vintage handwritten letter and a vintage newspaper print.  The perfume images are taken from one of my Dover Publication books "The Art of Perfume"

5. Glue the background papers to the box with ModPodge, at the moment apply it on the back of the images (not the front).  Once all the background papers are glued, proceed in the same way with the vintage perfume images around the box according to your design.

6. Now play around with your vintage stamps and apply them in different places of the box to enhance the look.  As it is paper the ink will dry quickly, but let it rest for few minutes.

7. The hard work is done now and the final step is to give the whole box 2 layers of ModPodge to seal it and protect it.

I am sure any mom would love to receive her gift on a box done by ourselves, am I right?. 

Every week we have the honor to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating:

Monday:  Brag Monday – The graphics Fairy  / Vintage style link party – Debbiedoo's 
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Sumo's Sweet Stuff  / Link party - The Girl Creative
Making Monday marvelous - C.R.A.F.T. / Boggieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday
Mod Mix Monday - Mod Vintage Life  Meet me Monday - You're Talking Too Much 
Tuesday: Get your craft on – Today'screative blog / Knick of Time tuesday - Knick of Time / Tell it to me Tuesday - Creatively Living / Tutorials & Tips Link Party - Home Stories A2Z   / Cowgirl up Linky Party – Cedar Hill Ranch /Tuesday’s Treasures - My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia /Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - Kammy's Korner / Be inspired link party – Elizabeth & Co /Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday   / Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party  / Take the Time to Challenge - Raising 4 Princesses / Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able - Project Queen
One project at a Time - A Bowl Full of Lemons / Linking Pary - Passionatelyl Artistic
Wednesday: Wow us Wednesdays – Savvysouthern style / Primp your stuff Wednesday – Primp / White Wednesday - Faded Charm / Share the love - Very Merry Vintage Style / It's a Party - DIY by Design  /Whatever goes Wednesday - Someday Crafts / What is it Wednesday - Ivy and Elephants / Whatever you want Wednesday - Free Pretty Things for You / Wicked Awesome Wednesday – Handy man, crafty woman
Thursday: Catch as Catch Can – MyRepurposed life / Open House Party - No MinimalistHere /Vintage Inspiration - Common Ground / Hookin' up with - House of Hepworths/Time Travel Thrusday - Brambleberry Cottage / 20 Below Thrusday - Cristinas Adventures / Home and Garden Thrusday - A Delightsome Life / Treasure Hunt Thursday – From my front porch to yours
Friday: Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest / Weekend Bloggy Reading – Serenity Now
Inspirational Friday – At the picket Fence / Do something Crafty - See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature - Redoux Interiors  
Saturday: Spotlight Saturday - Classy Clutter / Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different act Normal/Site Nite special -  Funky Junk Interiors / Get schooled Saturday – Too much time on my hands
Sunday: What's Your Sunday's Best! - My 1929 Charmer / Weekend features – Sisters of the Wild West / Simply Klassic Sunday - Simply Klassic Home / Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop - Homemaker on a Dime / DIY Project Parade – DIY showoff

Thank you very much,



  1. Your box is just lovely and will make any gift extra speial!

  2. Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. I am your newest follower.

    Susan and Bentley

  3. This is beautiful! Don't you just love Mod Podge? I really love your blog and am your newest follower. I want to try doing one of these pretty boxes!

  4. What a great way to package a gift. I know my mom would absolutely love this.

  5. Great gift idea--it's gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  6. The images you used to decorate your box are so lovely. The box itself makes a beautiful gift. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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