Post # 1
So I had an awesome idea for our wedding favors, painted wooden boxes filled with chocolate. Found the boxes, worked to create the perfect design (an old Frank Lloyd Wright tile design to match our venue), gathered all the supplies and sat down to paint. I have perfectionist tendancies, and even though the concept is supposed to be handmade, I still can’t help but look at my first two boxes and think “epic fail”. Part of me wants to chuck the whole project, except that I already have the boxes. Just had to vent a bit, thanks. Guess I regroup now, grrr.
Post # 2
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
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 # 4
Bridey77: I have to do a total of 19 and was going to just put a clear gloss on the outside. IDK maybe I’ll improve as I go along. My FI just looked at them and said they looked great so now I’m really confused.
Post # 5
wabanzi: Decopage…I think you might be on to something. Thanks!
Post # 6
- 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
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 # 8
UPDATE: Gave it another try. Results much better. Lessons learned: 1. I actually have to be awake to do this project. 2. Taping the edges is great. 3. It’s better to do a few more trials before doing the actual boxes (have to order two more boxes, at least they’re really cheap). So here’s the latest try:
Post # 9
- 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
renwoman: That looks great, the paint definitely helped to clean up the edges. Great job!
Post # 11
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!!