20 January, 2017

Parisian Gardens Altered Box

Parisian Gardens – Altered Box with Ornament

I want to share with you a small altered box that I made over the Christmas break using Meg’s Garden latest paper collection called Parisian Gardens.
I like to ‘repurpose’ items as often as I can, and this little box was much too gorgeous to throw away after the fragrant candle it had contained was long melted and enjoyed.
Because the box was in very good condition, I didn’t have to do anything much to it. It was a neutral craft colour and very sturdy and well made. I covered the top of the lid with a circle punched from one of the papers to hide some wording that was stamped there and using the same paper for all parts I covered the box.
I fashioned the top handle from one of Meg’s metal filigree embellishments, the birdsnest and eggs are from my own collection/stash. You may be able to make out the cutest little bird just arriving to keep the eggs warm, to the right of the nest. I didn’t think to get a closer photo.
I wasn’t sure whether to have this as the back or the front of the box.  As I have left most of the main box free of embellishment, I suppose, it can be either.  I have added another few metal filligrees ( all are attached with Glossy Accents). These are easy to curve to the shape that you want. You can also cut them if you desire (but don’t use your favourite fussy cutting scissors for this.
I initially had a pretty green bead in the shape of a heart dangling from the lid of the box. I removed it because it interferred with the handle on the top of the bauble.
Shows bauble (on it’s side and interior of box). I finished all exposed edges of the original box with a gold Sharpie. I also sponged the edges of all paper pieces before adding them. The elements inside the bauble are fussy cut from the Parisian Gardens Cut and Create sheets. The pink flower is Green Tara.  I created a stand for the bauble using two of the filligree flowers which you can see better in the photo of the box with Buddha below.
A few more photo’s show the other side of the bauble, the bauble stands on top of the upturned box with the ever helpful Buddha assisting me with the shot. And finally one of the box in front of our gorgeous bougainvillea which will be getting a severe haircut when it stops flowering.
I hope you enjoyed this look at what you can do with the lovely Parisian Gardens paper collection and some of the pretty embellishments from Meg’s Garden.
Until next time, Happy Crafting


  1. What an amazing transformation and so very beautiful. Love what you have done with this little box Barbara .. it is stunning. Love the bauble as well .. so very sweet and such a clever idea. You have turned an ordinary little box into an absolute treasure. Brilliant!

    1. Thank you so much Margaret, it was a joy to make.

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    1. Thank you Patti. With the beautiful papers from Meg's I knew I couldn't go wrong.

  3. What a gorgeous idea Barbara love how you have used the flower as the base to support the bauble. Perfect for a gift so so love it :)

    1. Thank you Liz. I do love those filigrees, so handy to jazz up a project.

  4. Brilliant work,so very beautiful Barbara!

    1. Thank you, what a lovely thing to say. It's nice to know that people enjoy what you do.

  5. Wow love this ! so clever, what a lovely container to keep the beautiful bauble in . I love how you made the bauble with the range as well and using the filigree to stand the bauble on very clever.

  6. Thank you Mary, It was a sort of fluke that I discovered the bauble fit perfectly inside. I had to remove my original idea from the top of the inside of the lid but it was worth it I think.