Saturday, August 18, 2012

Altered Wedding Memory Box

Hey I want to share a memory box I created for my friend's daughter's wedding. Be warned there are quite a few pics as I wanted to show you the box before I altered it...during the process...and the final result : )

My friend asked me if I could alter this box they purchased from a local store for her daughter's wedding. Instead of doing a unity candle during the ceremony they decided to have the bride/groom's parents put something memorable in the box along with a few other family members. They will open this on their 5 year wedding anniversary...what a great idea. 

Here's the completed box...

And here's the box before I altered it...

As you can see...this box was pink with spots all over so in order to make this match their wedding colors I had no choice but to paint the entire outside. 

I removed all of the hardware & taped off the leather straps on the entire box.

I put two coats of beige paint on the lid and bottom part of the box..sort of like a coat of primer so the original colors wouldn't show through with the final paint color I selected. 

 I mixed some brown & purple paint together to come up with the color I wanted...I had the invitation & the color I mixed up matched perfectly. 

Here's the lid after it was all dry. I wanted to create a layout on the inside of the lid as it would be open during the ceremony and I wanted it to look beautiful for the bride. 

The next few photos are the stages of creating the layers for the layout...


How do you like my high tech method of pressing the flowers into the liquid adhesive..haha...hey it worked : )

Now for some photos of the completed project...

The bride was going to be storing this for 5 years in a box so I didn't want to put a lot of height on the lid so she could store this easier per her request. 

It was kind of a pain taping off the entire box & taking off all the hardware but I think the end result was worth the extra steps. I wanted the outside to be seamless and almost appear as if the box was originally made with this color. 

I just LOVE how this box turned out & to be honest with you..I wanted to keep this for myself..haha. I love purple so this project was right up my design alley for sure!!

Thanks for making it through all of the photos...I felt it was important to show the before..during..and the after of this project so you could see all the phases of altering.  I really enjoy these types of projects & I'm in the middle of another altered project right sure to come back so you can check that one out too : )

I do want to mention that 3 Girl Jam has started a new challenge can read all about it HERE! There are some FAB challenges lined up with some great prizes as well as two giveaways on the challenge be sure to check it won't want to miss it. I'm on the 3 Girl Jam DT and we are all very excited about this new challenge blog : )

I'm also submitting this post & project for the Basic Grey Altered Artist DT keep your fingers & toes crossed for me : )

I'm also submitting this for the Sarah Hurley Altered Challenge

Be sure to come for another scrappy post!!




  1. Oh this is beautiful! I love all the pictures because it helps those of us that might to give this a try. You did a great job and bet your friend's daughter (along with your friend) will be so thrilled!

    Take Care,

  2. What a fantastic repurpose for this box. It came out beautiful!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog on the blog hop!

  3. It's gorgeous,I love what you've done with it.Thanks for sharing it at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.


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