Friday, November 01, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop: Treasure box and a key chain - plus a giveaway!

I'm thrilled to be part of the 3rd Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop! 

The complete list of participating blogs is at the bottom of this post - along with a chance to win an awesome prize package filled with crafty swag. 

A bevy of crafty designers have come together to share all kinds of fabulous ideas for handmade holiday gifts—there's sure to be something here for everyone on your list.

I decided to make a treasure box with a fun and funky key ring inside. I used Smoothfoam balls so the key ring will float - nice gift idea for those who love sailing or fishing. I love altering boxes and making the box part of the gift, too.


Unfinished wood box with inset panels (mine is 6" x 3" x 3")
Prima Bead suede cord - orange, purple, blue
Gray craft paint
Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

Clear Gel Tacky Glue
Scrapbook paper

Paint brush
2 Smoothfoam 1-1/2" balls
3 large-hole beads
Seed beads
Short straight pins
Key ring

1.  Paint the box inside and out - use a smaller brush to carefully paint around the latch and hinges; allow to dry.

2.  Glue suede cords around the bottom of the box, starting and ending at one of the back corners. Repeat around the top of the box, starting and ending at the front latch. Glue four pieces of suede cord to frame the panel on the lid.

3.  Trim scrapbook paper into rectangles to fit inside the inset panels of the box and glue into place.

4.  Glue two flat accent beads over the edges of the cords on either side of the latch.

5.  To make the keychain, poke a skewer straight through each Smoothfoam ball to turn them into beads, then enlarge the hole a bit more by slowly twisting the handle of a small paintbrush through the ball. Paint each ball with two coats and let dry. Brush on a coat of glaze and let dry.

TIP:  Use the handle of a paintbrush to hold and spin the ball as you paint and glaze it. Set the brush inside a glass to dry (with the ball still on the end).

6.  Put a seed bead on a few straight pins, then push the beaded pins into the center of the balls to accent. 

7.  Fold a 16" length of suede cord in half and loop it around a keyring as shown.

8. String a large-hole bead on to the cords - leave a little space between this first bead and the keyring so the cord loop can easily slide around the ring as keys are added.

9. String the first Smoothfoam ball (use a long straight pin if needed to push the cord through the ball), a decorative bead, the second Smoothfoam ball, a final bead, then tie the cords into an overhand knot or two. Trim the ends.

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Friday, November 1:
100 Proof Press    |    Graphic45    |    ICE Resin    |    Stampendous 

Saturday, November 2:
Graphic45    |    ICE Resin    |    Stampendous    |    Sizzix – Eileen Hull 

Sunday, November 3:
Clearsnap     |     Craft Attitude - Johnathan Fong      |     Smoothfoam 
Donna Salazar Designs      |     Walnut Hollow     |     100 Proof Press 
Graphic45     |     ICE Resin     |     Stampendous     |     Jen Goode 
Sizzix – Eileen Hull     |     Jamie Dougherty     |     Nathalie Kalbach 
Kathy Cano-Murillo     |     Tanner Bell     |     Jennifer Priest 
Jen Cushman     |     Adrienne Ford     |     Joanne Fink          
Vicki O'Dell     |     Denise Hahn     |     Courtney Chambers 
Tami Mayberry     |     Norma Rapko     |     Liz Hicks    |    Cheryl Waters


  1. What a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial

  2. I can't believe that I have done all of today's hop! Soooooooo many wonderful creations along the way! Now to decide which one to start first!
    I love how colorful your box is and they keychain is cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Another crafter like me who loves altering boxes, great job,

    1. Thanks Hazel...I think it has been years since I've bought gift wrap, lol

  4. Splendid idea! Can't wait to try it!

  5. What a great day for hopping and even greater to end the day with your wonderful idea!

  6. Now to find the right box! Lovely

  7. Love your box! I am in the process of altering some for Christmas and you just gave me another idea! Thanks! And thanks for the great hop!

  8. I love covering boxes and this one is really nice, love the idea of it being a key box. Great idea for a gift for hubby, he keeps his keys in one of my lovely mini lane chests. Now I can make his own.

  9. Great job on the box - it is cute

  10. Very cute box. Great hop! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  11. What a pretty box and cool key ring! TFS!

  12. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wonderful box!! Love the colors and the baubles on the key ring!
    <3 J

  14. Very cool key bob and box, too! Some lucky person will get 2 gifts in one! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Thanks so much everyone - I really appreciate the comments - enjoy the hop!

  16. Very nice box and cute keychain. I LOVE boxes. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  17. Very cool idea, love the key chain, totally cool!

  18. Cool how you used the suede - the box and keychain are so fun!!!

  19. Such a cute keychain project!

  20. Great ideas Lisa - I love the idea of making the box a part of the gift. You do beautiful work my friend! :)


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