Do you love Pinterest? I am a huge fan of Pinterest. It is an endless supply of inspiration for colors, design, textures and all things creative. Sometimes I pull inspiration from color or mood boards. Other times it’s images of nature or art. I have seen several mixed media or modern art canvases with a beautiful mixture of paint, texture paste, gilding, glitter and more. The inspiration for my gilded trinket box came from those canvases.
>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine 807N
>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Indian Gold 802N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Aqua 714N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Turquoise 712N
>> Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold 850N
>> Nuvo Glitter Drops – Blue Lagoon 753N
>> Craft Tacky Glue 120 ml. 419E
>> Martha Stewart Mother of Pearl Acrylic Paint
>> ButterBeeScraps – Metal Feet, Small Filigrees
>> B’Sue Boutiques – Large Metal Filigree
>> Ranger Multi Medium Matte (to glue metal)
>> Large Round Crystal Bead
>> Wood Box
>> Silicone Spatula
>> Paint Brush
>> Scoochy Sponge (rough or textured sponge)
This is a fantastic and inexpensive way to create a beautiful DIY home decor piece. I purchased three nested raw wood boxes from one of the big box craft stores and I believe the set was less then $15.00, so that is a great deal.
- To start you will paint the base and lid of the box with mother of pearl acrylic paint.
- Then scoop out small amounts of both the aquamarine and gold embellishment mousse and add a little water to both to create a watercolor wash.
- Use a paint brush to apply the watercolor wash starting with the aquamarine and then add just a little of the gold here and there.
- Squeeze some of the crafty tacky glue on to a craft mat and add some water to thin it out.
- Use a silicone spatula to apply the watered down glue.
- When you apply the glue you want to start at the bottom of the box and pull the glue up towards the top.
- Do not cover the entire box with the glue. You only need to make 3-5 swipes up each side of the box, but do one side at a time as the glue can dry fast.
- Apply glue to one side and then sprinkle some of the aqua glitter on top and continue to do this on all four sides.
- Once the first layer of glitter and glue is dry repeat step 8 and then apply the turquoise glitter to all four sides and set aside to dry.
- Repeat step 8 again and for this layer you will add the gilding flakes. *Note–don’t cough or sneeze the gilding flakes will fly all over. Ask me how I know lol. 🙂
- Set the box aside until all of the glue is dry.
- Once the glue is dry you can use your fingers to rub and burnish the gilding flakes.
- Then you will use a scoochy sponge (rough or textured sponge) to buff any remaining flakes off.
- I repeated the same steps of adding glue and gilding flakes to all of the metal pieces (feet, small and large metal filigrees) and once the glue was dry I burnished and buffed all of the pieces.
- I used multi media matte adhesive to glue all of the metal pieces and the large round glass crystal bead to the center of the large metal filigree on the lid.
- To finish of the box I added blue lagoon glitter drops around the large filigree and on top of the crystal bead on the lid.
Here is a close up of the gilded metal feet.
I added the small gilded metal filigrees to all four sides of the lid.
Here is a close up to see the top of the lid with the glitter drops.
A couple of helpful tips.
- Tip–add water to the craft tacky glue so it is easier to apply. You don’t want to use a thick heavy glue for this technique.
- Tip–when applying the glue use a silicone spatula, old gift card, palette knife.
- Tip–apply the glue randomly in an upward stroke and try to leave some of each layer showing. Kind of like scraping the glue up the sides and leaving space in between.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and maybe you will be inspired to take something as simple as a wooden box and create a beautiful home decor piece.