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DIY Gift Box for a Star Teacher

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Show your teachers that you think they are stars with a box full of treats! Make your own letter embellishments with the Alphabet Mod Mold.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!


Mod Podge ® Spouncer ® Applicators Set, 4 pc.
Item #24958
Spouncer ® applicators are great for small projects! Use to apply paint to embellishments and more.


Mod Podge ® Foam Brush Set, 4 pc.
Item #24959
Great for applying Mod Podge, this foam brush set has an applicator for any size project.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Colors
Item #25128
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Alphabet
Item #25129
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone.


Mod Podge ® Brush Set, Detail
Item #25140
Mod Podge ® 10 pc. Detail Brush Set is sized right for all your small projects. Apply Mod Podge to small jewelry pieces or into tight spots. Gold Taklon bristles are easy to clean while wet with soap and water.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Engine Red, 2 oz.
Item #436
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Turquoise, 2 oz.
Item #961
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Star box
Yellow scrapbook paper
Jewel glue


  1. Trim the scrapbook paper to fit the top if the star box. Position the paper on top of the box.  Smooth the paper with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. Allow to dry for 10 minutes. Top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.  Add more paper cut-outs to the design if desired.  Attach with Mod Podge.
  2. Create a Mod Melt embellishment letters by heating a Mod Melt stick in a Mod Melter or high temp glue gun, fill a mold with the Mod Melt, allow to cool, remove from the mold. Use detail scissors to trim away an excess melt from around the design.  For this design we spelled “star teacher” and used a red Mod Melt stick.
  3. Paint the bottom of the box with turquoise paint. Paint the egde of the box Engine Red.  Pool a small amount of Turquoise paint onto a paint pallet.  Tap the sponcer into the paint, tap off the excess.  Press the sponcer around the edge of the top of the box to create a scalloped edge.
  4. Using jewel glue, attach the letters to the center if the box and gems to the edges of the box.

PROJECT TIP: Personalize it! Spell your favorite teacher’s name or school year with handmade Mod Melt embellishments.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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