Thursday, 29 November 2012

Dollar Store Gift Boxes

Inspired by Debbiedoo's Dollar Tree Christmas Link Party I headed out to Dollarama (Toronto's equivalent to The Dollar Tree).  I found these great wooden boxes for $2 each and thought they would be perfect to wrap gifts in because they could be used over and over again.


The first one I wanted to be able to use again any time of the year so I stained the main box with Special Walnut, including the inside.  I then topcoated it with two coats of polyacrylic.  Don't worry if you get a bit of stain on the "ribbon" you can just use sandpaper to sand it off.

Next I painted the ribbon with an antique white, but in future I would skip this step as it wasn't necessary and who wants to make extra work for themselves?  I then used my finger to spread white glue on the "ribbon" and sprinkled epsom salt onto it.  I left it to dry overnight and now I have a elegant, sparkly gift box.  (total cost $2 for the box, everything else was left over from past projects).
For the next red and silver box I used some leftover homemade red chalk paint which I had used on my Union Jack Trunk to paint the box.  I topcoated the box inside and out with polyacrylic in satin finish.  Inexpensive silver paint from Dollarama dressed up the ribbon and when dry I used white glue and silver glitter again from Dollarama to create some drama.  ($2 for the box, $1 for the glitter, $1 for the silver paint = $4 total with supplies left over for future projects).


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Debbiedoo's said...

Ohhh I just love this. I like the name Dollarama better too. Thanks for sharing with our party.

Shan said...

What cool boxes and you made them look great!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So cute and I'm loving the price tag on these boxes!



Mary said...

These are so pretty! Who wouldn't love receiving a gift in one of these boxes? Great idea.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

They turned out so cute! I love that they're reusable.

Thanks so much for linking up,
<3 Christina

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Great job!

Serena said...

Very cute!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Pretty transformation!