Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Iron Craft 2012--Project 3 and Box a Week Challenge #2

This week we were challenged to re-create something from a catalog. The biggest problem for me is that I don't get catalogs. Most junk mail that I get automatically goes into the recycle bin and I have tried to reduce the junk mailings that I get as my contribution to reducing wasted paper. So, I was at a loss for ideas. I thought about going online and looking at items but that seemed too time consuming and daunting. Last weekend, I received a Swiss Colony catalog for a former tenant of the apartment where I now live. Just as a lark, I decided to look through it and came across this item:

I thought--I can make something like that (but without the coin counter). So I decided to make a desk valet to hold my keys and watch etc. The box is made from a double constructed lid that fits on a regular tray bottom. What that means is that you created a regular lid top and then add a second set of walls where the new walls are taller than the original lid. The purpose for this is to add depth to the lid so you can include dividers for the upper tray.

Here is the completed box. I used a German marbled paper for the lid with black velvet liners (like the original box). The original lid fits the bottom tray and has sides that are 1.5 inches in height. The second set of walls is made of sides that are 3 inches in height which then allows for dividers that are 1.5 inches in height. The bottom of the box is covered in book cloth.

Here you can see the velvet liners in the lid. I decided to line the interior of the bottom with the same marbled paper that I used for the top.

Here is the box in use. The coins will actually go in the box bottom and my cell phone will go in the slot where the coins are now. I had to use my phone to take the picture or I would have put it in the photo.

If I do another one of the these, I will cut a whole in the middle slot so that the change can drop into the bottom part of the box.


kat said...

The idea of a slot to catch change is really good, so its an organizer & a bank

QAMom said...

I love that paper!

We'd been avoiding buying a charging station for a while because they were so expensive. I'd thought about making one, but we found one at Goodwill before I got around to it.

luluvision said...

Thank you for the compliment on my stamp carvings! I can easily return the compliment and say, your box construction is superb! I don't have the patience for that! Perhaps we should trade? I'll carve you a stamp and you make me a box? LOL