21 September, 2018

Treasure box

To continue my tradition of napkin decoupage and fall colours, I have a little treasure box to show today. As I have recently found the courage to create napkin decoupage with whole napkins thanks to youtube tutorials like this, I thought I might as well start using all those napkins I have in my stash. 
"All of them" sure is an exaggeration, but since I can now decorate big spaces without major wrinkles, I thought I'll slowly try to organize my jewelry collection: a couple of wooden boxes, one colour per box and a napkin decoupage of matching colour on the outside. 
Before I could lay hands on my project, however, my sister asked whether I'd have some kind of jewelry storage she could use as all her necklaces are collecting dust while being displayed on the windowsill. And since the box I created recently didn't suit her, I decided to make a new one - partly as a rehearsal for my own boxes, and partly, because it would make a great present for her upcoming birthday.
Unlike other times, I had absolutely no problem to choose the right napkin this time - because what could be more suitable for a coffee junkie than a coffee themed treasure box? 
After placing the napkin on the box lid that I've priorly painted with white acrylic paint, I decided to not follow my original plan of a cracked bottom section and go for an evenly dark brown coffee shade instead.
To make the painting and varnishing easier, I again removed the clasps and screwed them back on once everything was done and dry - much more convenient than trying to remove the paint from metal!
For the inside, I thought I'd go completely blank this time - no paint, no varnish. 
On the one hand, I think an empty inside guarantees a better overview of the bling, but honestly, it also saved me a lot of time as I didn't need to take any other action than just a bit of sanding to get rid of possible chippings ;)
Unfortunately, a bad-weather-photoshoot doesn't do justice to the true colours of the box - what looks somehow grey-ish is in fact purely white. Also, the full-napkin technique worked out quite well this time, except for a minor tear on the middle coffee cup.
A little contribution to the September collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

Kind of immune to caffeine and not really a coffee drinker myself, I'd prefer hot-chocolate-shades over coffee anytime ;) 

4 crafty chicks: ATG
- 613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
craft-alnica: autumn colours
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: more than 3 layers (layers of acrylic paint, napkin & varnish)
crafty sentiments: fall colours
create and inspire: ATG
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: monochrome
bawion: shades of brown
everybody art: ATG
kreativtanten: kitchen
love to craft: ATG 
modsquad: fall colours
my time to craft: food & drink
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. What a fabulous treasure box. Thanks for taking part in the "My Time To Craft" #380 challenge. DT Sam x

  2. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  3. Beautiful box. http://thegrandstampede.blogspot.com/2018/09/pumpkin-patch.html

  4. I just watched this technique on your video. Very very clever work. Your box turned out amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  5. Beautiful decoupage workd! Thanks for joining us at EAC. Michi

  6. Lepo izdelana škatla! Hvala, ker aodeluješ v CRAFT-alnici.

  7. A very great box.
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea

  8. Čudovita škatla, kava je vedno prava rešitev.
    Hvala, da si se nam pridružila v Craft-alnici. Lp Lili

  9. Wow I just love altered art and your treasure box is beautiful. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

  10. Love this treasure bosx and the napkin is fab. Thank you for entering at PINspirational challenges and good luck with your entry. Angela DT http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com/

  11. Just beautiful and so neatly made.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Made by Helen{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  12. What a fabulous box! I love the napkin decoupage and hte colors. I'm so tickled to see you joining our challenge at World Wide Open DT this month. Good Luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  13. Looks wonderful. A special gift for your sister. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Hugs, Sandy DT

  14. Wow, this is totally amazing! Think I will have to start collecting napkins!
    Many thanks for joining in our Monochrome challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!

  15. Gorgeous project, I love all the beautiful images, thanks for sharing at MTTC this week.

    Pat xx

  16. Lepo si krasila škatlo :-))
    Vesela sem, ker ustvarjaš z nami v izzivu CRAFT-alnice … Srečno!