Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tabletop Steampunk Fairy Garden in a Cricket Box

After crafting the Woodland-inspired gift boxes
from paper-mache,
I believe I'm on a creative roll.

I've had a couple of brass cricket boxes for a while now, that I aged with bleach, because I very much prefer dark brass with patina, versus shiny and bright.
I had intended to sell them empty after I darkened them,
but reindeer moss was sitting nearby,
and started a chain reaction.


Plain ol' brass cricket box is now a tabletop 
Steampunk Fairy Garden.


So many materials that are fun to play with,
look great together,
and just plain make an instant statement.
Chartreuse reindeer moss & Tamarack cones
equals natural elegance!
But I couldn't stop there.


I added a homemade toadstool,
created with pulpy paper, a piece of twig,
and brown German glass glitter.


After that step, I decided the background
looked dark and empty,
so I created a rustic fence using more twig pieces.


Finally, the coppery brass was whispering 
"Steampunk" to me,
so I dug into my chain stash for this
textured chunky perfection.


As for the construction,
I secured styrofoam to the base
to hot glue everything to.
I wanted the lid to be fixed at just
the right angle, so I twisted some semi-stiff wire, 
wrapped it with brown floral tape,
stuck it into the foam,
then hooked it to the lid through a cutout.


I enjoyed making this so much, that I'll craft another one
with the smaller box.


This treasure is now available in my Etsy shop.

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4 comments:

  1. Love all the little pieces you used to put this together. That toadstool is fun!

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    1. Thank you Audra! This was fun to do, so I definitely think I need to make more. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. So cute and creative! I prefer the look of aged brass also. Thanks for sharing your little garden in a box at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  3. Maria, thank you so so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog post about losing our Tiger. You are very kind. Chloe was certainly a lucky kitty to have had you and I am sorry for your loss as well. I agree, such big personalities and presence in those tiny little bodies. And I love your creations! I've just favorited your Etsy shop - it's beautiful! Thank you again,
    All my best,
    Donna

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