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Decorating Boxes- Old Sweet Shop

For a charity week/event at Crystal Finance, I was asked to turn an old laptop cardboard box into something that reflected an old sweet shop. The box would hold various sweets and chocolates to sell for charity- the smaller gold box you can see in the images acted as a money pot.

I used acrylic paint for the majority of the box, the white dots were actually made with a circle paper punch and blank sticky label. The sweets jars and sign were watercolour, ink pen and acrylic ink, these were fun to paint. I also added some blue polka dot ribbon on the inside so that the top of the box would stay upright when opened.

This actually took me a couple of days but I loved how it came out and now I won’t want to throw out any boxes in case I feel like decorating them for something else.

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New Box Piece














My latest finished box piece. It’s untitled as of now but I may eventually title it something.


I used a small soap box a friend bought back from a short hotel stay in Peterborough. I’m glad my my friends know to not bring me back souvenirs but old boxes and paper ephemera.

The interior of the box is painted black with acrylic paint and the inside back panel is red, purple and white acrylic ink.


The vintage anatomical heart image is available here from The Graphics Fairy and is attached to the box with black thread.

I then drew various sized gears form black card to fit inside the box at different heights and different lengths into the box.


I covered the outside of the box with old book scans (that I actually scanned quite a while ago) and distressed the outer edges with black ink.

To finish off the piece I added a blue teardrop rhinestone and transferred my beetle temporary tattoo from my Wonderbeats Kickstarter reward.


Look at my other box pieces:

Here and here.

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Playing with Packaging






I generally keep packing I find interesting. It either gets stored away in one of many boxes ready to be put into my book of collected ephemera or used in artwork in some way.

As you can imagine, I didn’t want to throw my beautiful Illamasqua packaging away, so I decided to make things with them.

This is an eyeshadow box; I have 2 other eyeshadow boxes and a lipstick box that I have yet to decide what to do with.

I opened up the box and added ink to the back panel. I then cut a few different shapes out from previously ink coloured card and layered them with foam stickers on top of each other for dimension. I finally stuck a small inked bird to the inside of the front panel. I painted the box black, leaving only Illamasqua and the line Make-up for your alter ego. I took the Burst name sticker off the top of the box and added it to the front to title the piece.

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