If you ever walk down the aisles of your local dollar store you are likely to find a craft section. One of the best kept secrets are the little lightweight wooden boxes, and trinket boxes you find on the shelf. You couldn't even begin to make them for the price they sell at, which is usually a dollar.
You can get very creative with these. I used to spend hours painting my own scenes on them, and then found after a while they simply didn't sell as well as I would have liked. So I decided to try something a little different and realized that many people like the more "3D" look.
Altered boxes, books and frames are definitely "in" and these dollar store finds can be transformed into magical altered keepsake boxes. You can make so many original different ones, your imagination is your limit.
In the below video you can get an idea of going more for "shabby chic" but this should get your creativity going, as many of these supplies can be found at the local dollar store. You may or may not find a heart shaped box, but there are other shapes, as well as tons of ideas for embellishing your project. Adding 3D and layers is the key.
Shabby Chic Altered Box
Take a day and simply walk down the dollar store aisles, and you can find all kinds of things you could attach to your altered box or trinket box. Check out the scrapbooking supplies as there are usually a lot of different paper ideas you could use as well as bobbles and beads.
Take your time and simply fill your basket with all kinds of unique little things. Don't forget to go through your "leftover craft supplies" at home. Many things in your leftover pile could be added to a trinket box. If it is a bigger one it could be used for "memories" or "keepsakes" and you could label it as such, or maybe a "recipe card holder" as many people still prefer the printed version on a card.
There are all kinds of ways you can decorate dollar store craft supplies, especially the wooden trinket boxes. So get creative. You could have a theme such as for keepsakes or pictures or recipes. Many people will purchase these one of a kind altered boxes. Have fun, but also watch your bottom line. The more things you can use from the dollar store and from home the better!
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