Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I got fed up with finding my bonnets squashed at the bottom of my trunk. I sprang for a cardboard, undecorated hatbox at the craft store, and just spent the day with a bottle of Mod Podge, a sponge brush, some paper napkins, and some tissue paper. What fun!
– Type: Hatbox
– Date made: (well, decorated, really) 12/07/13
– Fabric: (materials): Cardboard hatbox from craft store, paper napkins, fancy tissue paper (more like lightweight wrapping paper, actually. I was disappointed), Mod Podge.
– Trim: Lace, knit lacing.
– Time to finish: One afternoon.
Well, I forgot to take a “before” picture, but here’s the LINK: JoAnn’s Hat Box.
I then started with a base layer of red for the bottom of the box, and a tissue paper with swirls for the sides and top. Autumn-themed paper napkins (and some careful scissor work!) provided the leaves and the leaf-strewn stripes, and a Valentine’s-Day-Themed napkin provided the hearts for the bottom.
|The finished box, complete with eight maple leaves, and a knit fabric corner protector.|
|And the bottom. Note that the hearts are just outlines, giving a very subtle effect.|
|The lid. Yep, even mod-podged (is that a verb?) lace to the edge!|
|The completed box! No handle, but not sure of the best way to add one. For now, it will serve beautifully to keep my bonnets from having to be reshaped before each event! Hurrah!|
Most sincerely yours,