July 2, 2012

For Coca Cola Lovers

I am a Coca Cola lover, for me it goes awesome with meals, with pop corn, with a piece of cake, and many other things, but my favorite combination of all times is a can of coke and a bar of snickers while watching TV, ahhh it’s perfect, is it not?.  My choice is always Coca Cola and if for some reason it is not available, then as second choice I drink any other of the flavors of Coca Cola Company.

I know few other people who love coca cola like me, and my friend Marcia is one of them.  One day she asked me to make a box for her inspired in coca cola.  I gladly did it and here it is:

A Vintage Coca Cola box decorated with old and retro advertisements.

With a photo editing software I placed the coca cola advertisement images on top of an old photo template I had, simulating the old Polaroid films for that vintage/retro look I was searching for.

I also used some old cameras and ephemeras to complement the design. 

I decided to paint the background black, so the images would stand out.

Did you know that the first coca cola sales were at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on May 8, 1886?  It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health.

I also applied a stencil of a sun in the lid and some text in red color in different parts of the box.

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

  • Cardboard box or container that you want to use
  • Cuts of Vintage Coca cola advertisements, old cameras and ephemeras
  • Acrylic paint in black and red colors or any other color that will suit your design
  • Mod Podge
  • Stencil of a sun *optional
  • Alphabet Stamps (acrylic or wooden)
  • Buttons for the front of the lid *optional
  • Spray Fixative

This is how the box looked before.  It was a simple cardboard box containing a cd and other computer software, same type I used in one of our previous projects, the Vintage Classifieds Memory Box:

Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  If the box is been previously used and it has glued paper, remove it completely.  If the box is brand new, leave it as it is, it does not require further preparation. For this particular box, I cut a piece of the lid, to make it shorter.

2. Paint the whole box with the black acrylic paint, as it is cardboard it will dry quickly.

3. Use the stencil to draw the sun in different areas of the box using the red acrylic, and also use the alphabet stamps to write words like “tasty” “enjoy”, etc. 

4. Print the advertisements and other images and spray them with a fixative if necessary, to prevent the ink from running.  Let it dry and plan their distribution on the box.  Then cut and keep.  

5. Glue the images on to the box with ModPodge, at the moment apply it on the back of the images (not the front).  Once all the cuts are glued and dried in the outside then proceed with the inside of the box.  


6.  As decorative touch, add two buttons on the front of the lid or any other embellishment you would like to add.

7. Once all is dry give the whole box 2 layers of ModPodge to seal it and protect it. And then viola! the job is done.

Here it is my friend Marcia looking happy with her coca cola lover box.  She is currently using it as a jewelry box.

Coca Cola is definitely my favorite drink, what is it yours? 

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  1. AnonymousJuly 02, 2012

    Ohh Erika, very nice. I´m not coca cola lover, but I loved the pics that you use for this box and its colors. Congratulation.

  2. Erika, it's beautiful! I love the addition of the sun. Your friend is lucky to have a talented friend like you!

  3. this turned out great! I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore, Read, and Made Link party


  4. What a great idea. Your box looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Ali x

  5. Growing up in the late 50's and early 60's, my father owned the local soda fountain. Coca Cola syrup came in large bottles to mix with carbonated water at the fountain. You could order with extra syrup, cherry syrup,and he even made chocolate ones! Your beautiful box brings back memories!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. What a cute idea! Love it! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Veru cute images! I love vintage Coca Cola. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Such a nice crafts! Also a big Coke lover. If a place only has Pepsi, I get sad and don't know what to say!

  9. Love this Coke box.. I collect anything Coke; bottles, cans.... Thanks for sharing.I started following you. Would you consider following me back; it would be awesome.

  10. This is great! What a neat piece of history that you shared too. I am so glad you found my party. I am your newest follower too! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  11. Those pictures look so great!Love the box! I am your newest follower from DIY parade. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. I am hosting Mom's Monday MIngle now. Love for you to join.

    Love to have you!!!

  12. I think everyone loves vintage Coca Cola, even if they don't actually drink it. Your work is always so beautiful!

  13. AnonymousJuly 08, 2012

    Oh my gosh.. Erica.. super impressed with what you've done.. Totally loved it.. :)

    Dropping by from The dedicated house.. and following you now.. Sure hope to see you at Colours Dekor :)

  14. Great tutorial--it turned out great. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  15. I love Coke!! I thought I was the only one who drank coke with cake, lol! I'm going to feature this project on my Wicked Awesome Wed. party this week.

  16. This looks great! It is very creative - a fantastic reuse of a box! I am sure Coca Cola lovers will like this! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. I love Coca Cola, and this is very cute, and what a great piece of history. Great piece! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!
    PS - now following you on Facebook!

  18. This is gorgeous as are all your box transformations. You certainly have an eye for composing images. We have come a long way haven't we regarding Coke? From a "good for your health" perspective to how harmful it is with caffeine and especially the 8tsps of sugar in a can! I am not judging you, just funny I thought about old beliefs.


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