Editor’s Note: We’re excited to welcome Nik Vandeventer from WastingThyme for some guest posts. Nik is one of the craft managers for our business and makers conference Craftcation + she’s also a super talented maker and photographer.
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Hi there! Nik here from WastingThyme, do you ever get the feeling you are just drowning in craft supplies? For me it’s definitely embroidery floss, I think I have more that enough to last me a lifetime (or two) of embroidering. So I came up with a super cute & easy way to help keep some of my floss under control with this painted wooden box! Let me show you how it’s done.
WHAT TO GET:
-Acrylic craft paint (this set is under $20 and includes 18 colors!)
-Paint Brushes in various sizes, small flat brushes for detail if desired (this is a great starter set)
-Paint palette, palette paper, scrap cardboard will also work (we love these reusuable ones)
-Hot glue gun + glue stick (this is a great mini one)
-Found object for knob, I used a vintage wooden spool of thread (you can get one here). Other suggestions: small plastic dinosaur toy, rough cut crystal/gem, old cabinet drawer pull, sea shell etc. the possibilities are endless!
WHAT TO DO:
1. Apply washi tape to the box in as many random geometric shapes as you’d like, keeping in mind that what you cover up with the tape will be left natural.
3. Wait until the paint is completely dry (this shouldn’t take long). I painted the top first and by the time I finished painting the base the top was dry enough to add detail. *Optional for even more flair: using a small fine tip brush you can make little markings, x’s, fine lines etc. I used a small flat brush to lightly dab for little lines & the end of a bigger brush to make little circles.
4. After the paint is completely dry, remove all washi tape to see your beautiful clean lines!
5. Now it’s time to add your knob. I used enough hot glue to cover the bottom of my spool and eye-balled it onto the center of my box top. Push down firmly for a few seconds to give it a good hold.
And you’re done! Fill your pretty new box with your favorite craft supply or anything else you want to keep under wraps, enjoy 🙂
About Nik Vandeventer:
Nik is a maker, day dreamer & potty mouth who loves cats, coffee and craft beer. She is a self taught hand embroider and will DIY pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She is head Boss Bitch behind Wasting Thyme creating & selling naughty hand embroidery and sassy greeting cards. You can find her products at justwastingthyme.etsy.com. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and her three awesome cats (that she can’t shut up about).