Approx 7” wooden block, or box lid for base
Lid from a Sour Cream container measuring the size of a CD
Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Black, Silver and Copper Paint/ Paint Brush
Ideology Ornate Metal Feet
Step 1: To get started measure and draw an outline for the size of the drawer you wish to have on your altered art box. To make things easier make sure the side you are cutting through has only 1 layer of chipboard to cut through.
My drawer opening is 3”x 1 1/4” *Note my box has the top cut out also, this is not required, this is just something I did for better lighting in photos
Step 2 Using a Kraft knife carefully cut and remove the drawn area for the drawer.
Step 3: Prepare your altered art box, and wooden base by painting all the edges black.
Step 4: As your paint is drying, cut a few pieces of leftover chipboard to stack inside your box to help your drawer from “falling” down while pulling it in or out.
* Note: Once your chipboard pieces are stacked together they should be flush with the cut bottom opening of your drawer.
After making sure they fit flush, Place inside the drawer opening, and adhere firmly
Step 5: Cut and cover the Altered Art box and Wooden Base with Graphic 45 papers, sanding the edges as you go for a smooth aged finish.
Once covered with paper, ink all the edges to a desired effect, and seal with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry, repeat Mod Podge for better protection.
Step 6: As your Mod Podge is drying it is a great time to get your drawer made. Cut a piece of chipboard to 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”
The measurements given are for a 3” x 1 1/4” drawer opening.
If you have created a different size opening then you can determine your size of chipboard needed for the drawer by adding your width + width + length – 1/4”
So for my box it would be 1 1/4” + 1 1/4”+ 3” = 5 1/2” Then to make sure once folded it slides smoothly inside the opening subtract 1/4”.
Making the starting piece 5 1/4” x 5 1/4 “
Whew!!! Glad all that math stuff is done!
Step 6: Now draw a grid on your chipboard showing where the center and sides will be. To do this measure 1 1/8” from each side drawing a straight line from top to bottom.
This should create a 3x3 square in the center of your chipboard grid.
Step 7: Using a craft knife remove the corners and score along all the fold lines. Once complete, fold it up to look like a drawer
Step 8: To attach the drawer together, cover with long strip of paper around the outside, pulling all the corners together tight.
Continue until the inside and outside of the drawer is completely covered
Step 9: To create the front of the drawer cut a piece of heavy chipboard to 3 1/4’ x 1 5/8”. Paint the backside and edges black, cover the front with desired paper to match.
Attach to drawer to center of cover using Glossy Accents of heavy duty adhesive. Seal with Mod Podge and set aside to dry.
Once dry attach Graphic 45 Metal Button as a drawer pull.
Step 10: Now that your Altered Art Box is dry you can now decorate it with Imaginarium Chipboard and desired embellishments. Paint chipboard embellishments using metallic colors for a fancy look!
Step 11: To create the crank use a small piece of craft wire and pliers to carefully bend into a Z, or crank shape. Or bend overtop a firm hard corner like a countertop or metal table.
Adhere a bead at the end, embellished with a tiny Graphic 45 Metal Brad.
Step 12: Once your crank is made, decide where you would like it to go. I placed mine exactly in the center of a decorative piece of Imaginarium chipboard, on the center of the right side.
Once you decide, use a Drill to create a tiny hole for your crank to be inserted. Cut crank down if necessary using wire cutters and insert.
Step 13: Now that your Altered Art Box is almost complete you may now adhere it firmly to it’s decorated base, and attach the metal feet to the base using E6000
Step 14: While everything is drying it is time to create the Arm and Horn.
To create the horn simply paint a small chipboard cone using desired colors and decorate using Graphic 45’s Metal Brads. To create the “needle”, simply separate a Graphic 45 Metal Clothespin in half, and adhere to the inside of the cone slightly sticking out.
*Note: For easy placement of the brads, remove the brad backs quickly using pliers.
Step 15: To create the arm, and stand for the horn simply print off the provided shapes. Trace them onto heavy chipboard, cut out using a kraft knife or heavy duty scissors and paint silver.
Make sure to cut notches into each the stand and arm as per the diagram
The arm should measure approx. 4” long, and the stand should be approx. 2” long
Step 16: Once the arm is complete, attach a Graphic 45 Metal Hinge to the backside of the arm using E6000.
At this time the E6000 used on the feet for the base and the hinge on the arm will need to dry at least 12 Hrs, a lot of Hurry up and wait at this point!!!
Step 17: After waiting all that drying time, your hinge should be dry on the arm, and ready to attach to the Altered Art Box.
First, slide your crank out and set aside, so you can turn your whole glued phonograph on it’s right side. Exposing the left side and making a flat surface for glueing.
Again, using E6000 adhere the arm to the left side of your altered art box making sure the placement is correct for horn.
Prop up using something sturdy and allow to dry another 12 hours.
Step 18: Wow we are almost there! Once the hinge is completely dry you may now attach the stand by sliding the two notches together.
Once together it should now hold the cone in place.
Step 19: To create the record and it’s turntable you will need a CD and a plastic lid the size of the CD.
The record/CD I used was already created, however you can just as easily create one out of black paper and a CD, or chipboard painted black etc.
Once created decorate the center with desired images from Graphic 45’s Curtain Call line.
Step 20: Paint the edges of the Plastic lid silver. Allow paint to dry and adhere record/CD to the top.
Step 21: Use a drill to create a small hole in the center of the record on the turntable. This way you can create the post that would hold the record.
To create the post simply cut off a small piece of wooden food skewer, paint silver and slide through the hole.
Finally adhere the finished record to the completed Phonograph.
Step 22: Replace crank, drawer and horn to completion. Add any finishing touches with chipboard, or a Metal Tag to signify a manufacturer’s name plate etc.
Wow, wasn't that great?! There's more inspiration on the way if you can believe it! Next up is this enchanting Curtain Call altered art box by Denise Hahn. This wonderful creation absolutely captures the classic Hollywood glamor of Curtain Call. Here Denise explains her inspiration and some of the fun techniques she used to create this little treasure. It is absolutely magnificent! Take it away, Denise!
I love nothing more than making a handmade gift and this sweet gift box was created for a Swap. Each gal created a blinged out compact mirror for a Breakfast at Tiffanys themed event we were attending. What would go better for my gift box than a Kraftboard Altered Art Box and Curtain Call?
I printed Audrey on cream colored cardstock, instant Sepia tone!
Inside I used the accordion book as a holder for the compact. I just punched holes and ran a piece of vintage ribbon through to tie it down.
In the base I put the swap info and the recipients name and my signature- well Autograph!
This silk ribbon from May Arts is A-mazing! Think big fat silky seam binding!
Inside I had to keep it simple, to make sure there was enough room for the compact. Want 2 Scrap say it with pearls were perfect and didn’t give too much dimension
I put in the Envelope tag to keep Moo cards and business cards in, we always seem to collect a lot of these at these artful events.
I sparkled up this Curtain Call tag with a Sakura Gelly Roll another good option that adds sparkle but no dimension.
Marths Stamp on some vintage dictionary paper.
The back where I ran the ribbon to hold the compact.
I embossed the chipboard buttons and ran seam binding through them.
I have this little Swapping rule of thumb. If I don’t want to part with it, I know it’s good! And this is definitely one I don’t want to part with!
We hope you all had a great time today! We sure enjoyed getting to share today's incredible crafts with all of you. Huge thanks to the amazing Nicole Eccles and Denise Hahn for their gorgeous creations today! We have more lovely works of craft art to share with you tomorrow. We hope you'll all come back and see us! Have a great day, G45ers!
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