Simple Roomy Box

I feel like I should stand in front of a room and say, “Hi, I am Chris Wallace and I love boxes!” Not that I have a problem or anything, but I really do love boxes. I was beginning to write this blog and I started to name it “One of my favorite boxes”, but then I like so many of our boxes, I realized that I needed to confess!

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This particular box really is one of my favorites because the artwork is so simple. The box itself is called a Roomy Box. http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/wood-surfaces/boxes/items/roomy-box/1253op/  The lid is hinged to the box bottom. It’s made out of basswood, so it’s great for wood burning and wood carving.

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I wanted a very simple design, so I stained the wood with DecoArt® (http://www.decoart.com/) Americana® Burnt Umber mixed with Antiquing and Staining Medium. Brush on the stain with a large flat brush and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. I stained the entire box – inside and out.

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While the stain was drying, I cut my paper. Any type of decorative paper will work. I cut the strips for the bottom of the box 1 5/8” wide, 4 ¾” long for the sides and 7 ¾” long for the front. The top piece was cut with a Spellbinders die, Lattice Rectangles,http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/products/p-69-lattice-rectangles.aspx. Finished, the paper that was die cut is 4 1/8” x 5 1/8”.

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I used medium grade sandpaper to sand all the edges of the stained box. Wipe the box with a damp paper towel to remove all the dust. I used Tombow®( http://tombowusa.com/craft/adhesives/mono-aqua-liquid-glue.html) MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere the paper to the box.

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Just add a knob by gluing onto the lid, or drill a hole and attach with a screw. Easy, simple, but really pretty!

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Here are a few other ideas made with the Roomy Box. I like them all – the carved one is really easy too, even if you haven’t carved before. Would you like to learn how to make it? Let me know sometime and I’ll write a blog about it.

Okay, think about it. Doesn’t everyone love boxes?  So I really think I’m okay, don’t you?