Altered Mini Trinket Chest

Hello Little Birdie fans, hope you all are doing great and enjoying spring.

Today I am on the blog to show a step by step tutorial on how I altered an old box into a spring inspired mini trinket chest.

I had an old box in my stash which I had bought from a flea market during one of my trips to Singapore. I gave the box a thick coat of white gesso in and out.

I realized the box was chipping in many places so I added Mont Marte modelling paste with a knife to fill the gaps in the wood to make it more sturdy.

To cover the box from outside, I chose a decoupage paper Joyful Wings which had birds as motif. I cut the paper as per the measurement of the box into different size strips and adhered them with the help of Little Birdie Deco Magic glue – Matt.

The surface of the box was a little uneven so I decided to cover the top with pattern paper strips from my stash.

I roughly tore the pattern paper into strips with my hands and distressed the edges with Vintage photo distress ink. I added 2 layers of strips on both the sides of the top leaving the birds motif from my decoupage paper peeping out through the strips

I decorated the top of my box with Little Birdie flowers and leaves from Ocean Mist- Serenade, Agnes- Birds and Berries collection, a cute floral bouquet in pink from the celebrate Life collection, Buds from Roaslind -Song of the Sea, some laces from my stash, ephemera from Purple Passion collection and a chipboard bulb hanging on the edge.

I also added couple of mini wooden alphabets on both sides of my mini trunk. I added Patina Glaze metallic wax with my fingers to the metal lock on the box to go with the colour scheme . I coloured the inside of my chest with multi-surface archival paint Pink Swirl.

I hope you like my project and give it a try.

Till next time.

Ciao- Sumedha

3-D Layered Butterfly Wall Hanging

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager for spring which is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing a home decor piece that embodies a warm spring day. This 3-D layered butterfly wall hanging features Little Birdie Decoupage Paper, gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers, and Primed Chipboard pieces. Be sure to check out the photos below to see just how much dimension a side view shows you with all these layers.

In this DIY video tutorial you will learn how to use layers to develop dimension, create gorgeous faux metal gears with patina using chipboard, gilding flakes, and waxes, learn all the details to make this gorgeous 3-D layered butterfly, create a patina effect on flowers and feathers, and use items from nature to enhance your mixed media projects.


Tips and Techniques:

This 3-D layered butterfly cut from Fairy Sparkle paper sits atop gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers brushed with Tinted Metallic paint for a patina effect. All these layers develop amazing depth and dimension.
Texture Tack is the perfect adhesive to apply copper and gold gilding flakes to these chipboard gears to create a faux metal effect. Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax and Caribbean Teal paint create a warm patina finish. Microbeads and colored craft pellets applied with soft gel medium create gorgeous color coordinated texture around the edges of the floral cluster.
Another faux metal gear.
These darling feathers are cut from the Dream Catcher Chipboard set and painted with Caribbean Teal and Tawny Glint Metallic paints for a shimmering finish. A patina effect is added to the flowers by dry brushing with white gesso, then again with Tawny Glint paint.
Three butterflies are cut from gorgeous Fairy Sparkle paper to create this layered butterfly. The top layer is brushed along the outer edges and randomly across the wings with Glazed Berries Metallic Paint which was sprinkled with shimmering Fairy Dust Glitter. I realized a a coat of gel medium would be needed to hold the glitter in place. The butterfly body and trail are metal pieces from my stash with gilding and patina like the gears.
This Thriving Thistle Chipboard is brushed with Glazed Berries paint, then highlighted by rubbing with Copper Blaze Metallic Wax. I tucked in a piece of birch bark for a natural element. I just adore the text on the Touch of Nature Decoupage Paper.
I took a walk in my winter garden to find these dried flower stems to add a linear element to this piece.
Barley Crunch – Stone Texture Paste applied through the Brick Wall Stencil adds fabulous texture to the background. I tucked in several natural feathers for a soft touch.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store:

Other Supplies:
Wood Bracket Shaped Base purchased at a local craft store – 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Scribbly Butterflies
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Small Talk
Metal flourish and corner
Gold Leaf
Copper Gilding Flakes
Copper Microbeads
Nature: Feathers; Twigs; White Birch Bark
1″ Double Sided Foam Tape
Stylus and foam pad
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a dimensional home decor piece to brighten up your day.

~ Blessings ~


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Tray with Lemons

Today I wanted to show you a project from a different category. I love to create things for the home, they are then simple and minimalistic. I really like different boxes and trays and that’s what I have today.
I decorated the tray using several media and paper.
Below in a few steps I will show you how I did it.

At the very beginning, I painted the sides of my tray with a Wood Stain.

The next step was to use colorless wax in several places. It will help me later after painting with paint to get leaks.

Then I painted the tray with yellow chalk paint – three layers.

When the paint has dried, I wiped with sandpaper.

The next step was to glue decoupage paper and protect the surface with varnish.

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Kiss, Marta