Tuesday, November 22, 2016

House Oddities Christmas Box for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today. I have a Christmas home decor item to share with you.
I used the House Oddities Box to create a table-top (or mantle-top) decor piece that is also a storage box! The box measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and comes with a chipboard door and seven (7) chipboard house shapes. (I am using the houses for another project.)

The box is the perfect size to store a candle, some gift tags, or even one of those creepy Elf on a Shelf dolls! I decorated with a gold, black, and red scheme, with lots of sparkle and bells!

Let's get started!
Wipe down all the box pieces to remove the soot from the cutting process. Glue decorative paper to the inside surfaces of all the pieces, including the inside of the lid.
Assemble the box. I reinforced all seams with washi tape. This also helps to hold the box together while the glue sets.
Attach the lid to the box. I used washi tape to create a flexible hinge for my lid.
Mark where you wish your door handle to go and drill holes through the lid and the decorative door piece. I used an anywhere hole punch to create my door knob holes.
Cover the outside surfaces of the box with decorative paper. I adhere my paper with a matte gel medium, using a foam brush.
Use various inks (or paints) to color your chipboard accent pieces. To color the door, I sponged on various red pigment inks, allowing them to dry between coats.

I used white ink to color a bird cage from the Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set. While the ink was wet I heat embossed the birdcage with shabby embossing enamel. I repeated the process, using white ink and white embossing powder on snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set and the Winter Shape Set.

I selected "two turtle doves" from the Birds Shape Set and colored them with gold pigment ink.
Glue the door to the box lid. Add a decorative knob.
Create a "wreath" for the door. Start with the ornamental birdcage. Glue a chipboard or other decorative sentiment to the right side of the birdcage. Layer snowflakes and a large flower. I added a jingle bell to the center of one of the snowflakes. Add the birds in the next layer, using foam tape or scrap chipboard to lift them off the base. Glue metal bells and a loopy bow to the top of the birdcage.
Glue the decoration to the door, making sure to avoid the area around the knob. Add more decorative elements, as desired. I added more velvet leaves, a pine cone, and a few Christmas do dads.

Wrap gold ribbon around the top and sides of the box, securing on the bottom. Create a large bow from the gold ribbon and glue the bow to the top of the box.
Add Christmas sprays and do dads, as desired. I poked through my stash of Christmas odds and ends to create my box topper. I wanted to stay in the gold and red theme. Everything is attached with hot glue.
If you want to use the box for storage, make sure you do not accidentally glue the door shut! Use black ink to cover any raw chipboard edges. I wrapped the sides of my "door frame" with the gold washi tape. (I wish I had inked it with the black ink instead.)
Thanks for looking!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
House Oddities Box
Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set
Snowflake Shape Set
Winter Shape Set
Birds Shape Set

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: St. Nicholas 12x12 pad
Graphic 45 chipboard: St. Nicholas Decorative Chipboard
Graphic 45 washi tape set

Embossing enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue
Embossing powder: Close to My Heart White
Pigment ink: Colorbox Merlot, Cranberry, Sweet Tooth; Delicate Golden Glitz
Dye ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Gold ribbon: recycled from Christmas packaging
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Burlap String, Divine Twine Gold Metallic, Iridescent White Metallic (out of stock)
Floral: Petaloo, floral supply
Pine tree: craft supply
Bells: Darice
Metal door knob: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue


  1. great project, but you might want to re-check the blog entry title. :-)

  2. Gloria, not only a fabulous and festive piece of Christmas home decor, but a wonderful post as well! I love the papers you chose, and all the little details are making me squeal with delight! I wish my front door looked like that! Hugs!

  3. Beautiful project! When you open the door you almost expect to see a room all decorated for Christmas but love the idea of storing a candle or tags in the box.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Gloria !!
    Great gift idea