Monday, March 14, 2011

Upcycled Tea Box

Due to circumstances, my boyfriend’s other daughter is now staying with us.  She has been here a month now.   It has been a sudden change for her.  To help her try to adjust, I made a little box for her to keep letters from family in. 


I used this old tea box.  We go through A LOT of tea around here.  Hey, this is the South, where babies drink sweet tea in their bottles!  I am only halfway kidding.   As you can see, we drink Lipton tea.  It is The Best.  If we can’t get Lipton, we will drink Tetley but nothing else. 


I covered it in scrapbook paper.  I will also be using this same scrapbook paper to line the drawers of the wild pink desk in her and her sister’s room.  I inked the edges all around with just a plain black ink stamper from the dollar store.  I also added some black trim around the top edge of  the box. 




I put her name in sticker letters on the top. I added a rosette made from some old clothes in a pink and black buffalo check.  Next to that, I added two jewel hearts. 


I thought I was all done but when I stepped back, I felt like it was missing something.  Oh, yeah…GLITTER!  This is for a little girl, right?  Then, it calls for glitter.  I added some Shimmer n Shine (from Elmers) to just the top.  I think that was all it needed.  When I was finally through and everything was dry,  I sprayed it down with sealer.



I think it turned out really cute and hopefully, having a special place to keep her letters will make her feel a little more at home.  

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  1. I love this idea! Mod Modge is the best. I linked this post to the party:

    Mod Podge Dresser-

  2. Super cute! And, a super sweet gift for her :)

  3. I think it turned out great, and you are a sweetie for being so thoughtful!

  4. That is really cute. It is great that you are so conscience of her feelings.
    Thanks for sharing it on my Organizing Mission link party!

  5. What a loving gesture, i'm sure she loved it! I'm your newest follower, I look forward to seeing more of your creative crafts!!


  6. That is a super cute box and so sweet!

  7. Ooo, what a creative idea! Who would have thought this was a tea box. I'm also a sweet tea lover. It's a requirement if you live in Texas. :)

    I know she loved her letter box!

  8. Great idea! Always love new ways to re-purpose!

  9. I love recycling's amazing what we can make from what others would just throw away ...
    well done I'm sure she will think it's very special that you made it just for her ...lovely.
    Sherrie from Simpleliving

  10. What a sweet idea!

    I'd love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I'm sure you'll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

  11. I love the rosette from your old clothes...

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Juice. I hope you return this week with some new projects!

  12. Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at SunScholars! I will be posting the next party tonight. I hope to have you linking up again this week!

    :)rachel @