15 June, 2019

Prickly blooms

In order to breathe life into my crafting collection, I'll make a rather short summer post today, featuring another decoupage on wood. 
From the corner of my mind I remember last year's cactus-hype, which came with a wide selection of cactus-themed craft supplies from papers to napkins. Being buys with other projects, I managed to miss avoid it, however, not without purchasing a couple of spiky things here and there. 
Among others, was this beautiful napkin, which I dismantled in a short period of boredom, without having a specific use of it in mind.
In the end, I stored the cut-outs in my stash for another eternity, until I figured they'd look great on this three-compartment wooden box. It's a rather large box for me (32x11x9 cm), but it allowed me to arrange the cacti in a line that resembles your typical greenhouse with tropical plants on display. 
After making sure everything would fit, I used ivory acrylic paint for the background (white seemed to be a little too "sterile" to me), and glued the napkins on it with a colorless varnish.
After everything was done, the box vanished in my stash again, and I haven't found the perfect use for it yet. Considering that it perfectly matches the current temperatures, I might as well put it on display somewhere in my apartment, or it will become another one of by decoupage storage boxes for craft supplies.
A little contribution to the June collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

krafty chicks: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
allsorts challengeblog: travel
alphabet challengeblog: F for flowers
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: masculine
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "male"
crafty gals corner: you're the man
creative moments: ATG
everybody art: ATG
fabnfunky: June blooms
friendship challenge: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
scrapping4fun: summer
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: men/boys
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

On the other hand, the prickly blooms seem to perfectly sum up the greenhouse of Erlangen's Botanical garden, which is still one of my top places to go to whenever I'm in town.
And since it's still a "Travel" themed challenge over at Kreativtanten, I'd like to invite you once again to play along and link up your travel-inspired crafts for a chance of winning a cool prize. 


  1. Wow! This is beautiful. I love it. Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge. Sian (DT).

  2. wow - so many wonderful cacti! I like your box - it´s so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Friendship Challenge.
    Good luck and best wishes!
    Ilse (thera)

  3. Your box is gorgeous! I'm sure you'll put it to good use, if not send it to me!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Calendar this week.

  4. Wow this is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K xx

  5. I love your box! The cacti on it look beautiful and so do the wonderful photos you posted of the real thing.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Monica DT Member for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  6. What a great home decor piece. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.

  7. Fantastic!! Such a great project!! Thanks for playing along with the Krafty Chicks, hope to see you again!

  8. Oh I love this! Gorgeous creation and decor
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  9. So beautiful
    Thank you for joining us at Srapping4fun
    Renate DT

  10. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

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  12. Liebe Cheiro urgia,
    eine wunderschöne Kakteenbox hast du gestaltet. Sie gefällt mir sehr gut. Ich bin ganz begeistert. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge. Liebe Grüße Silvi

  13. Lovely box this is! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  14. Love this project! Your images are perfectly organized! Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
    A Place To Start Challenge Blog

  15. A great entry to our challenge at CWAA.
    Thank you for joining in the fun.
    Bożena DT CWAA