June 8, 2011

Glittering Shoes -- Wizard of Oz and Cinderella Themed Storybook Boxes

A little bit of glue, glitter, and some dollar store trinkets is all it takes to whip up a whimsical Storybook Box.

A few months ago, one of my daughter's friends caught sight of a bag of little plastic shoe favors I had picked up from the Dollar Tree sitting on my desk.  She asked what they were for and I showed her the Glittered Gift Boxes I had made to accompany charitable gifts back in December.  I promised her that at some future point, I'd show her how to make one. An overcast day and a house full of kids this week presented the perfect opportunity to glitter up some crafty magic and fun.

The banner reads, "A dream is a wish your heart makes"
My daughter's friend came up with the idea to do a Cinderella themed box bearing a clock just about to strike midnight, beneath a glittering "glass" slipper.  My daughter liked the idea of using green glitter and came up with an "Emerald City" theme.  My youngest daughter and her buddy went directly for the red glitter, so we themed their boxes around Dorothy's ruby slippers.  The kids were aged 6 through 11, and all were adept at making these fun (and fairly quick) little boxes.

If you'd like to make your own Storybook Boxes, I've written up a tutorial below and have included free downloads for making the Cinderella box and the Ruby Slipper Box.

Storybook Boxes

Cardboard jewelry box (I use a 4x4)
Cinderella or Ruby Slipper printable sheet
One plastic shoe (they come in a 6 pack from the Dollar Tree)
Mod Podge -- Luster (I prefer it over Matte for this project)
Glitter (I use PK Glitz -- the sparkle is dazzling)
A small lidded, plastic container that will fit the shoe (like Tupperware or Gladware)
4 x 4 piece of thin cardboard (I recycle a cereal box)
Hot glue gun

Step 1:  Download Cinderella or Ruby Slipper scrap sheets.  The pieces are designed for a 4x4 box.  If using another size box, re-size the pieces before printing.  Print and cut pieces from the sheet.

Step 2:  Apply panels to the sides of the bottom half of the box by painting a thin coat of Mod Podge on one side, applying image, then sealing with another coat of Mod Podge on top.  Repeat with remaining 3 sides.  Set aside to dry.  

Note:  For the Cinderella box, we used a sheet of matelasse embossed scrapbook paper.  You may use any decorative paper you wish.

Step 3:  Glitter the sides of the top half of the box by brushing with a thin coat of Mod Podge (one side at a time).  Cover with glitter.  I like to do this over a piece of cardstock, which enables me to funnel the unused glitter back into the container when I'm through.  Repeat with remaining sides and set aside to dry.

Step 4:  Glitter the shoe by using a paint brush to entirely coat the shoe (inside and out) with Mod Podge.  Shake some glitter into the small lidded container.  Add the shoe; shake more glitter on top of the shoe.  Put the lid on the container.  Shake to coat.  Let shoe dry before removing from container.

Step 5:  Prepare the "platform" by applying the yellow brick road or clock to the piece of thin coardboard with Mod Podge.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  For the clock, simply cut out.  For the yellow-brick road, cut out in a flower shape.  I used a cookie cutter to trace the shape on to mine.

Step 6:  Cut a small strip from the remaining cardboard and fold over on itself (and glue) to form a shim.

Step 7:  By now, the glitter on the sides of the lid should be dry.  Coat the top of the box with a thin layer of Mod Podge and add the lid design.  If making the Cinderella box, adhere the damask square first, then the black and white clockface centered on the top.  Seal with Mod Podge.    

Step 8:  Mod Podge the shim in the middle of the top of the lid.

Then, Mod Podge the platform in to place.  Seal with Mod Podge.

Allow 10-15 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.
In the meantime, plug in your hot glue gun.

Step 9:  Hot-glue the glittered shoe to the platform.

Step 10:  Weave the text banner under the arch of the shoe.

Step 11:  With a dab of hot-glue at either end, attach banner to box.

Step 12:  With a clean, dry brush, brush off any excess glitter.
Optional:  Seal glitter with a spray-on clear glaze.

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  1. If only I didn't live in Testosterone Land...

  2. This is really fabulous! I love them!

  3. Oh, I have to second Camilla. Testosterone Land here too, but these are really awesome. Maybe I'll have to grab my nieces and do this with them.

  4. OMG I adore these!!! They are so cute. Plus I love the Wizard of Oz!

  5. These are fabulous! I love them! Now I just need someone to make one for that would actually appreciate it! ;)

  6. They turned out adorable love the silver dream one!!

  7. Oh my goodness how creative! I love the fairy tale theme!!! That Emerald City one is my favorite, no the Cinderella one... no, the Wizard of Oz one... wait...

  8. These are adorable! How creative, thanks for stopping by & I am now following you too =)

  9. Ok so I don't see where to follow you actually....so i liked you. Where is your button to follow? Am I just blind? lol

  10. Oh, wow! I LOVE these! I am most definitely going to make these. Beautiful.

  11. Your creativity always amazes me....they are just precious and I know few little girls they would love to receive presents in those.

  12. Well, I know what I'm making this week. My daughter just saw this post with me an squealed like a baby pig. That squeal means she is in love. ♥

  13. Those boxes are just absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for linking up to "It's a Party"! You better believe, I'll be making a few of these!

  14. I just love them!! Super creative :)

    I'm a new fan from the blog hop and new follower via GFC. I would love it if you would follow me back!




  15. these are soooo cute, I can totally see making something like this for a shoe-a-holic. Loved them all, couldn't make up my mind on a favorite, they are all so cute.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

  16. I love the Wizard of Oz! they are all so cute.

  17. Just amazing! I am in the thick of planning a Wizard of Oz Art Camp for kids and I ran across your post. I haven't noticed these shoes at Dollar Tree, but I have my fingers crossed that they are there today! Would be so VERY awesome. Thanks so much for sharing the printables! I love your blog!


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