DIY disaster… (mini vent)

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

renwoman:  I think those would be a great favor! You can use a little box like that for a lot of things. I’d probably stash incense or something in them.

Are you going to pain the rest of the box? I think that is all you need to do to make them look fab.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

They look pretty decent, but I think the whole box should be painted–and that would blend those crooked outer lines (which is what is really showing up in the pic, the painting inside is quite good).  How many of these do you have to do?  Couldn’t you print up the design, copy it on a color printer (or print them all out on a lazer jet) and then decopage the design on the box and hand paint the rest?  Decopage is still handmade. 

If you are set on painting all of them and are not planning on painting the entire box, I would suggest first painting a clear coat over the top of the box (better over all of it).  This could be satin or matte–but you need to seal the wood first.  Then use painters tape to mark off the edges of the design so you get a crisp outer line. The sealer will keep it from bleeding into the wood around the edges (and under the tape).  If you are painting the entire box, do that first, then paint the design on top.  The paint works as a sealer too.

I love your favors.  Don’t give up!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Perhaps it’s just the edges of the paint that are throwing you off? You could try putting down a strip of tape to make a clean edge . . .

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

hyzenthlay: But the tape won’t help if the wood is not sealed first.  The unfinished wood asborbs the water-based paint causing the bleeding effect under the tape.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

Latest try looks amazing, but I’m still impressed with the first go! The thought and effort behind the boxes should put any fears of imperfection away… this is an awesome idea. Lucky guests!!!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper

renwoman:  That looks great, the paint definitely helped to clean up the edges. Great job!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Not sure if your willing to spend more money but have you ever tried embossing? You could get a stamp made (or probably find one like this) and stamp perfection onto each box like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTQXtOOWmg4.

Personally i think the last one looks great!!

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