Oct 2010 Article
Thinking “Outside the Box”
Making a Memory Box with Nontraditional Colors
by Linda P.
“I would like my memory box to be black and white.”
When I read this individual request on the HAIN forum, I was a bit hesitant to take it on. I had never made a memory box in black and white, and I wasn’t sure how I would go about it. After a bit of consideration, however, I decided that I would accept the challenge.
First of all, I decided to go to a craft store to look at their flat painted wooden figures to see if I could find something in black and white to decorate the lid. I found a sheep and a zebra. I brought home both so that I could think about which one I wanted to use. I decided on the sheep, saving the zebra for a future box.
The white wool on the sheep was a thin layer of felt. The picture may look blurry to you, but it is actually the edge of the dark face of the sheep covered by the translucent layer of thin felt. Also, there is some white shading painted on the right side of the face. The sheep would have been OK to use as it was, but I decided I wanted to dress it up a bit.
I used glitter glue with iridescent sparkles to make curved lines that would look like sheep’s wool. After that dried, I used that same glitter glue to paint over the black areas. While it was still wet, I sprinkled fine-textured black glitter over it. When that dried, I also painted some white metallic paint over some of the curves. I really liked the new and improved sheep!
Next I needed to decide which parts of the box I wanted black and which I wanted white. I decided I wanted the main color on the outside of the box to be white, and I would use black as an accent color. The paints I chose were metallic colors.
In contrast to the white outside, I decided to paint the inside of the box black, but I added polka dots to soften the look. The polka dots can be applied with a paint pen. I also added some cute polka dotted ribbon with a glue gun. I ran one strip all the way around the box where it would be visible just below the lid when it was in place.
I placed four vertical strips of the polka-dotted ribbon on as well. A couple of the strips were covering some imperfections on the box. There were also some imperfections on the bottom of the outside of the box. I decided that I would cover them with the fine black glitter I used on the sheep. I had the iridescent glitter glue handy, so I applied that first before sprinkling on the glitter.
I thought painting white hearts between the vertical strips of ribbon would be pretty, so I did that with a paintbrush. When the paint dried, I applied glitter glue to the heart and then sprinkled on some coarse-textured clear glitter.
I had some pretty black trim that I applied around the top of the box using a glue gun. I also attached the sheep and then added some black buttons as the final accent.
I really like the way the box turned out! I never would have thought of using black and white on a memory box, but after this mom requested it, I came to realize that it could be done and the result could be very sweet.