I’m so excited to be joining this amazing Blog Hop today here at Walnut Hollow with Stencil Girl Products. Are you as ready for Spring to arrive as I am? Or maybe you’re lucky and you live in a place where it already has arrived! I want to share my Spring Garden Tray and Seed box with you today. I’m looking forward to warmer spring days, and starting my garden. It’s a fun hobby I’ve enjoyed for years and I love watching things grow. I also love pretty garden accessories. When I saw the pretty flower stencils over on the Stencil Girl Products site I knew they would go great with the Walnut Hollow Bark Edge Shadow box and the Recipe Box is the perfect size for seed packets.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Spring Garden Tray and Seed Box:
- Walnut Hollow Bark Edge Shadow Box (8×10 size)
- Walnut Hollow Recipe Box
- Stencil Girl Garden Flowers and Leaves Stencil
- Stencil Girl Vintage Typewriter Alphabet Stencil
- Wood Stain
- Craft Paint (I used white, and turquoise)
- Decoupage Glue
- Paint Brushes
- A favorite seed packet or garden image
- Drawer Handle Hardware
- Spray Sealer
Stain the Bark Edge Shadow Box and the Recipe Box using the wood stain and a soft clean cloth. Rub the stain with the wood grain, and wipe off any excess. Allow to dry completely. I let mine dry overnight. Isn’t that grain so beautiful?!
Position The Flowers and Leaves stencil over the stained box and dab paint over it. Don’t use too much paint or it will bleed under the stencil. My favorite stencil tip is to use a repositionable spray adhesive on the back of the stencil. It helps to hold the stencil in place while you work, and you can lift the stencil off easily, and reposition it again without causing any damage. I used white acrylic craft paint for this part. Because I didn’t seal the stain, it bleeds slightly into the white paint as it dries, adding a vintage look that I love!
I stenciled the white flowers over the entire outside of the recipe box, and the outside of the Bark Edge Shadow Box.
When the white is completely dry, Stencil the letters onto the seed box. You will need to allow each letter to dry completely before stenciling the next so you don’t smudge the letters. I use a strip of masking tape to help guide the letters so I apply them straight.
Use a clear spray sealer to seal the Recipe Box and the Bark Edge Shadow Box. Allow it to dry well, usually around an hour.
Step five (optional):
I added a print out image of my favorite vintage seed pack to the bottom of the Bark Edge Shadow Box using Decoupage glue. Allow it to dry completely and respray with the clear spray sealer. You could use a similar image, or one you like more. You could even print out a photo of your garden and put it on the box.
Apply hardware handles to the short sides of the Bark Edge Shadow box to turn it into a tray that’s easy to carry!
The tray is not so big as to be in the way, but it’s big enough to carry the seed box, my small garden tools, and gloves! I love the rustic feel of the bark edge with the beautiful flower stencil. The Recipe Box is the perfect size to hold standard seed packets. I was able to fit all of mine in it easily. The contrast between the darker stain and the light paint make the beautiful stencil really pop! Thank you so much for letting me share my fun spring project with you today!
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After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.