Hello Crafting Chicks fans! I’m Taylor from MaryJanes and Galoshes, very excited to be here today so thank you for having me.  When trying to decide what I wanted to share with you today I was inspired by all the fun spring things the Crafting Chicks have been posting lately.  I think this project would be perfect for a keepsake Mother’s Day gift, but I can think of a hundred other reasons to make and display it for anyone! I think it represents a lot of what I do over at MJ&G so if you like this project you may like others I’ve shared there and would like to stop by sometime.

Today I’m going to share how I made this-

A glittery little keepsake box.  Want to make one too?  Good! Let’s get started.

What you need-
House template (I’m all for using great resources, so I got my free printable house here. Thanks Twelve22!)
Glitter (I use Martha Stewart glitter, I love it, sparkles like no other I’ve used)
Glue (for glitter, so white glue or glitter glue of your choice)
Hot Glue
Wooden box
Paint (for wooden box, mine is celery green)
Printer (to print out house and home sweet home banner)
Bits of odds and ends, flowers and what not to decorate
Ribbon, Tulle, and Felt if desired

Print, cut out, and glitter your little house.  Discard the little yard that comes with it, you only need the house and roof.  Start with your base color glitter, once dry go back and add your windows, door and any decor you like (I put a couple hearts on mine).  Once it’s all glittered and dry, hot glue the house together and roof on.

Paint your box and allow to dry.  I didn’t do anything to the inside of my box but now I’m thinking it could maybe use some pretty paper or fabric inside.  So feel free to decorate inside, or maybe write mom a special note under the lid if it’s a mothers day gift.

Decide how you want your house to sit on your box.  I wanted mine to sit a bit to the side, you may prefer yours straight one.  Hot glue the house to the box lid and gather your odds and ends for decorating.

The little leaves you see at the bottom there are another Martha product, some confetti.  The two large pink flowers on the left are made from party streamers, sew a line down the length of streamer, gather and coil.  Glue in place.  Otherwise I used purchased silk and paper flowers.

Start adding your elements and building up as you go with your hot glue.  I started with a bit of gathered tulle around the bottom.  I just gathered and glued as I went, nothing special.  Cover your glue and raw edges with a piece of felt the shape of your box bottom.

After all my flowers were added I went back with some small beads and added them to the centers of the white flowers to cover the holes.

Next, I printed out a variety of fonts to determine which I liked best.

Cut into strips for my banner. Size will depend on the size of your box.  Once you decide which font you like best, curl your paper with a pencil (like you would with a scissors and ribbon for gift wrap).  I curl the whole thing back then my ends forward.  Then fold slightly for the banner shape.  Shaping it now will make it easier to work with once glittered.

Using a crystal (see through) glitter, cover the entire banner.  Allow to dry, then hot glue the folds to keep it’s shape.  Glue it onto the front of your box.  I also added some ribbon around the edge of the box lid.

Add as much or as little as you like until your happy!

I hope you enjoyed the project.  I really enjoyed being here today!  Be sure to stop over at MaryJanes and Galoshes and craft with me again some time! ♥ Taylor


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Apr. 15, 2011. Thanks again.

  2. This is so cute. What a fun idea, and yes Martha glitter is the BEST!!! Thanks for posting on our blog today 🙂

  3. I just adore this… and the great thing is that it could be made in any colors to accommodate any season or holiday of the year.

  4. That turned out so cute! Great project.

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