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Mother’s Day “Mom You Create Happiness” Trinket Box

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Create for your mom a happy little trinket box that she can stash away all her treasures and keepsakes in.
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® 7 Piece Tool Kit
Item #12900
All of the tools you need to Podge it up, in one cool little case! Two pairs of scissors, a squeegee, ruler, emery board and a brush are all zipped up in a cute Podge orange or pink pouch. Your supplies are ready to travel with you!

Mod Podge ® Podgeable Papers - Antique Urban
Item #24872
Podgeable Papers are thin, lightweight and easy to apply with Mod Podge! Pretty and practical, papers work great on flat or curved surfaces and form to shape of surface with ease. Fold lines will smooth away once applied.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #938
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 - Coffee Bean, 2 oz.
Item #940
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 ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Item #CS11215
Create faux mosaic, quilt and other textures with added dimension. Dries clear and allows the full color of the surface below to show through. Works with Mod Podge, acrylic paint, dyes, pigments and more. Stay put formula won’t sag or run. Perfect for jewelry, paper crafting and accenting home décor items.

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.

Mod Podge ® Craft Glue, 2 oz.
Item #CS12951
Add extra embellishments to your decoupage projects with this all purpose craft glue.

Other Supplies
Foam plate
Brush Basin or container for water
Photo copy of photographs
Waxed paper
Assorted buttons
Fine grit sandpaper
Wood trinket box


Preparation Instructions:
1.     Basecoat entire box Coffee Bean.  Allow to dry.  Sand smooth using fine grit sandpaper and reapply Coffee Bean if needed.  Allow to dry.

2.    If desired, paint the routed edge or any trim that may be exposed with Licorice.  Allow to dry.

3.    Cut a variety of paper shapes creating a collage of patterns and layers and trim photo copies of photographs to desired sizes.

4.    Cut alphabet letters “Mom you create” or spell your favorite saying and fill in the blank with one of the words.  “Happiness” is used in the photo.

Mod Podge Instructions:
1.    With each paper piece, brush a coat of Matte Mod Podge onto the surface of the wood trinket box as well as the back side of the paper using a ¾” flat brush.

2.    Position the paper where desired keeping glue to glue and press in place.  

3.    Next place a sheet of waxed paper over your papered project surface.  Using your Mod Podge squeegee, press and drag the squeegee over the paper from the center towards the edges to remove any excess medium as well as  any air pockets.  Remove waxed paper.  Repeat until each piece of paper is in place creating layers by overlapping some of the design elements.  Allow to dry.

4.    Continue using same techniques to adhere the photograph photo copies as well.  

5.    Allow space on the top of the box to Mod Podge your text or saying.

6.    Allow to dry; then apply a top coat of Mod Podge over entire project to seal all of the papers to the trinket box.

7.    Apply Dimensional Magic on saying and the word label “Happiness.”  Allow to dry.

8.     Embellish the trinket box by glueing buttons where desired.

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.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.