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