When the issue of Vintage Holiday magazine that featured my non-collection of vintage Christmas ornaments arrived in my mail box a while back I sort of fell in love with the pink Christmas scene on the front cover.
Isn’t that pink chippy mantle to die for?
Following closely on the heels of the magazine’s arrival, the people at Fusion offered to send me some of their newest shade of paint, a gorgeous pink called English Rose.
It seemed as though the universe was trying to tell me something, that I should plan a pretty in pink Christmas!
So I started with making some gift boxes using the same technique I’ve used in the past for faux french hat boxes.
I purchased several plain cardboard gift boxes at Hobby Lobby. You can get these for just a few dollars each if you wait until they are on sale for 50% off (which seems to happen every 4 – 6 weeks or so).
Next I simply painted some of them in the new Fusion pink, English Rose and one in Fusion’s paler pink, Little Piggy, for contrast. I painted each with two coats of paint.
I wanted to use a Christmas themed graphic on them, and when I found these 12 Days of Christmas graphics on Etsy I knew they would be perfect. I purchased six of them from Project Printable for $1.50 each, so an investment of $9. The seller conveniently provided a mirror image jpeg along with the regular jpeg so I didn’t have to worry about figuring out how to print a mirror image, which is what you need for a transfer. Slick, right?
Yes, I know you can find free graphics online and I like to find those when I can as well, but sometimes it’s worth it to pay a little money for the convenience of finding exactly what I wanted.
Next I used Fusion’s transfer gel to transfer the graphics to the painted boxes.
You can print a copy of the detailed instructions here: making a faux hatbox with transfer gel.
And voila, I have pretty Christmas gift boxes that can be re-used over and over.
Keep in mind that you aren’t likely to achieve perfection with this method of transferring a graphic. Some bits of your design will likely rub off.
But perfection is seriously over-rated. I prefer to embrace a distressed, imperfect look.
These packages are going to look so pretty under my tree full of vintage ornaments … just as soon as I get that set up …
If any of you locals want to make your own pretty in pink gift boxes, Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater has some of the English Rose paint in stock while it lasts. Plus their holiday open house is this afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by, have a glass of wine and do a little shopping.
If your aren’t local, click here to find a Fusion retailer near you!