I bought a “raw” hat box at Micheal’s a long, long time ago. Had a coupon to burn.
It sat in the Craft Cave. Years, y’all! Moved it with me from Georgia six years ago! Empty. Plain. And brown.
To keep this box for the big move proves I saw potential in it all along. Knew I’d get around to it. Envisioned it covered with fabrics – and beautiful trims.
Mom and I went shopping. Antiquing. I don’t actually know where Newton, Mississippi, is located. That’s surely not where we were that day. But, these “Newton, Miss.” bags came home with us, our treasures tucked inside.
Love these bags, y’all! Knew I’d want to do something with them some day, so into the Craft Cave they went. (Ahem…Is that hording?)
One cold wintry day, I got bored. That plain, brown, empty hat box called out to me. “Please, get off your rear end and do something with me!”
OK, no need to get mean about it, talking about rear ends and everything.
The hat box got its wish that day. I tore the paper shopping bags into four to six-inch pieces.
Then tore around the center emblem so it could get the front spot. Found a small one for the center of the top, too.
That’s when things got messy. Sticky, too. Painted Mod Podge onto the box, in sections, then painted each paper piece with it, and stuck it on. Coated over the whole section with Mod Podge.
Sitting the box on its side, I did the front and let it dry. Then flipped it over to repeat on the back. Each time, I tucked paper under the bottom edge and over the top rim, making sure to cover all exposed spots. Also did the lid.
When dry, it got a second coat of Mod Podge – all over. Did that in sections, too, y’all. No way otherwise to avoid sticking to something.
Found out a few good things about Mod Podge. It makes the paper wavy when wet. But, then it dries nice and flat. Like magic! Dries fast, too. With the shopping bag paper slightly wrinkled from use, the Mod Podge smoothed it right out. The product is water-based, so it cleans up nice.
How easy it is to use, even though messy! Queen or no queen, a girl cannot worry about a little mess. Still have more bags left. I wonder what will call out to me next? Hmmm…