Thinking about giving your sweetheart something from the heart? How about something with a heart! Create a decorative Valentine gift box and matching card.
I started with a paper mache heart from
You can find a detailed step-by-step tutorial on the Blitsy Blog, right here.
The matching card is equally easy to make. Go check it out!
I started with a paper mache heart. When I am working with a product like this, I try to work with the natural kraft color of the paper mache. It's just so much easier than painting the box.
Create a temple for the patterned paper by tracing the heart onto your paper using a pencil. My paper is from the Simple Stories "You & Me" collection.
Next few steps have the potential to be messy. When I am working on projects like boxes and canvases, I like to adhere my patterned paper using Prima's Soft Matte Gel. I slather on a nice layer of gel with my foam brush, lay down the paper and then use a brayer to make sure the paper has no ripples and bubbles.
Once I'm satisfied my project is bubble free, I apply a thin coating of gel over the paper to seal it. You do not need to do this step, but I find the box will stay cleaner and be more durable with that top coat of gel.
The sides can now be papered in the same way the top was papered; a layer of Soft Matte gel, layer of paper, followed by a top coating of matte gel.
I punched a decorative edge and glued it to the sides. Once glued in place, I coated the punched border with gel medium as well. NOTE: where the paper on my sides ends!
The tape also covers up the paper mache sides perfectly and adds that finishing touch to the box.
I grabbed a paper doily and adhered it to the box as well. Paper doilies are very thin and fragile. If you don't totally adhere it to the lid, it will most certainly rip and tear. No good! Save yourself from the aggravation!
Add embellishments as desired. I added some Petaloo flowers, leaves, floral berries and gold glitter ribbon.
To complete the lid, I added a sticker from the Simple Stories "You & Me" collection coupled with some flowers and gold glitter ribbon.
Here is the completed box lid.
Here's is the completed box....now on to make an accompanying card that is equally gorgeous.
Create a quick coordinating card:
Before you glue all the layers together, tie some string around the top layer and secure with a flower. In my example I used gold twine.
Final step is to add some foam tape to the layers for a bit of dimension and mount to the card.
It's always easier when you can see the steps .
I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping here.
Paper Mache Heart Box
Simple Stories - You & Me 12x12 Simple Set
Simple Stories - You & Me 6x12 Stickers
American Crafts DIY Glitter Tape - Gold
Strong Adhesive Glue
Martha Stewart Edge Punch Doily Lace
Prima Art Basics Soft Matte Gel Medium - Clear Transparent
Petaloo Forgetmenots - Antique Red
Petaloo Bontanica Blooms - Coral or these would look great
Petaloo Botanica Collection pink Spring Berry Cluster
Gold Glitter Ribbon
Paper Doily 4in
Gold string trim
White cardstock - for card
cream/Ivory Cardstock for border edge