• Caroline


She liked it, so she put a ring on it

This weeks' DIY is this gilded mache ring box. I initially had my sights set on getting a wooden box to decorate, but I was struggling to find a reasonably priced hexagon-shaped one - we have a bit of a geometric theme going on so hexagons will feature throughout the wedding - so instead I picked up a mache one for just £1.20 from Hobbycraft.

I started by adding a rough layer of phthalo green acrylic. Next i built up layers of decopage paper in this lovely crackled green and gold design (which matches our colour scheme perfectly!) using Mod Podge as an adhesive and sealant. I added some splotches of paint over the top, as I wanted a distressed feel with a slight marbling to the colour. Next, I added Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes to the lid, again trying to achieve a more patchy, distressed feel; it was my first time using the flakes and boy, do they get everywhere! Even Wispa, my cat, was gilded by the time I had finished. These were sealed with some further layers of Mod Podge. I used letter and number dies to die cut the N & C, and also the date of our wedding for the inside of the box. Lastly, I used a square of hessian crumpled up and adhered to the inside with a glue gun for the rings to rest on.

I am so happy with how it looks; can't wait to order our rings now!

Products used:

8cm mini mache hexagonal box - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/mini-mache-hexagonal-shaped-box-8cm/608911-1000

Decopatch dark green crackle paper - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/decopatch-dark-green-crackle-paper-3-sheets/597945-1000

Mod podge matt - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/mod-podge-matte-finish-473ml/618094-1000

Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-golden-jewel-gilding-flakes-200ml/638334-1000

Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-flake-and-glitter-pva-glue-30ml/638336-1000

Alphabet metal dies - https://www.theworks.co.uk/p/card-making-supplies/alphabet-metal-dies---pack-of-41/5052089215139

Phthalo green acrylic paint - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reeves-3012455-Acrylic-Paint-Phthalo-Green/dp/B06X1C2JW5

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