A Chocolate Box Transformed (Your Heart’s Desire)

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Melody the Magpie?

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a bit of a scavenger.  Whether I’m up-cycling metal food cans or using cardboard packaging to make mobiles, I’ve always got an eye out for cast-offs that can be used in a new way.  I enjoy making something wonderful from something simple.  Today’s “something wonderful” is essentially a box to hold your hopes and dreams – your goals.  How does that relate to chocolate box transformation?  Please read on…

Confession

I’m a sucker for heart-shaped Valentine’s chocolate boxes.  Bubble gum pink, lace, and silk roses aren’t in my usual rotation, but something gets me when it comes to those heart-shaped candy boxes.  Whether the box is a relatively plain gold or red, or is fully decked out with saccharine Valentine’s trim, I love them all.  Today’s project is how to turn one of these heart-shaped boxes into something that you can treasure – and put to good use – all year round.  So, if you (or a friend) are gifted with a heart-shaped box this year, don’t throw it away when it’s empty! (You can do this same project with a rectangular or square shaped box as well.)  Oh, and hopefully you can save the box’s liner, too.  It makes a great template!

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A Look Inside Your Heart…

This project is called My Heart’s Desire because the outer box is intended to hold visual representations of your hopes, dreams, and goals.  Whether you gather small 3-D objects that represent what you hope to bring to fruition, or create paper “pages” that you embellish – like I have – I suggest you identify 5 to 10 things you’d like to work on in your life and include them in your box.  Here’s how I made my pages, including the materials I used.

Materials

Watercolor paper
Gesso
Paintbrushes
Glue Stick
Liquid Acrylic Inks or paint
Rubber Stamps
Black Ink Pad
Sticker & Seed Packet
Alphabet Stamps
Metallic Gel Pen
Rhinestones
Pen
Decorative Paper
Scissors
Walnut Ink
Double-Stick Tape
Heart Shaped Candy Box*

How to Visually “Spell Out” Your Heart’s Desire
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1. Cut out one “page” for each of your heart’s desires.  Make your page by tracing the liner of your candy box, or by tracing the bottom of the box lid and then cutting just inside those lines.  If you’d like, you can add color to your page at this stage.  I brushed a mixture of acrylic inks and walnut ink onto watercolor paper. Alternately, you can use colored card stock instead.

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2. Note one desire on each “page”. (I chose “garden”, “travel”, “art program”, “nourish”, “get book published” and “run” and stamped the words on with alphabet stamps) It’s best to be as specific as possible when it comes to verbalizing goals though, so include as many details as you can.  You can write on the back of your pages, too.

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3. Add to these “pages” by drawing, painting, stamping, collaging, or otherwise embellishing your “pages”.  I’ve listed the materials I used, but you can use whatever materials or methods you’re partial to – there’s no wrong way to do it.  The pages can be a simple or as elaborate as you’d like them to be.

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Decorating Your Box’s Exterior

There are a million ways you can decorate your box, if you choose to change it at all.  Whether you keep the box’s original look, or customize it to make it more “you”, is entirely up to you.

Here are a few décor ideas:

  • Paint your box
  • Decoupage your box
  • Cover your box with duct tape
  • Use some of the same materials you used on the “pages” to decorate the box’s exterior (which is what I did)

I opted to cover the red foil look of my box with a few coats of white gesso.  Next, I used some of the decorative metallic paper on the cover.  I stamped “My Heart’s Desire” on the box’s liner, stamped three flowers in the upper right, and glued a layer of tissue paper over the top to soften the text.  I accented the edge of the liner heart with metallic rub-ons and glued three rhinestones in the flower centers in the upper right of the heart.  Finally, I attached the letter-stamped liner piece to the box’s lid with a strong double-stick tape.

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Hurray!  It’s Done!  NOW What?

The purpose of this box is threefold.  One, to identify what you really want in life and to spell it out in a tangible way.  Two, to have fun creating that tangible, visual representation of what you want.  Three, to regularly refer back to the contents of your box to remind yourself of your goals and to verify you’re taking steps, however small they may be, towards those goals.  So keep this creation within arm’s reach, and let it be your guide…

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, dear readers.  I’m always happy to hear from you!

Warm regards,
Melody

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12 Comments

  1. Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:57 am by Wendy Telford | Permalink

    Beautifully executed and what a great way to keep your goals in front of you. I would probably eat all the candy in the box, too!

  2. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:06 am by Terry | Permalink

    You amaze me with your creativity. This is awesome!

  3. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:35 am by Melody | Permalink

    Wendy,
    Eating the candy is *part* of the fun, but the real fun comes in creating this project. So glad you like it! Thank you for commenting…
    Melody

  4. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:35 am by Melody | Permalink

    Terry,
    Thank you for your kind words, and for commenting!
    Melody

  5. Posted February 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm by Barb L. | Permalink

    I just LOVE this idea, Melody! You are so clever!

  6. Posted February 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm by Pam | Permalink

    Very nice, Melody! And no discernible chocolate smudges. ; )

  7. Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Barb,
    Thank you! I’m glad you like the project!
    Melody

  8. Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Pam,
    Thank you! I was sure to take the chocolate out right away. ;o)
    Melody

  9. Posted February 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm by Amanda | Permalink

    This is such a wonderful idea! You did a beautiful job. I just love heart chocolate boxes but so guilty of biting into a few chocolates and leaving them if they are coconut. he he he

  10. Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Amanda,
    Thank you! I’m so glad you like the project! As far as biting into the candies goes, maybe you can cut them in half, take a peek, and then proceed. If they’re coconut you could save them for hubby…
    Melody

  11. Posted February 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm by Gina | Permalink

    I’m also a sucker for a beautiful box! This is a great idea, thanks!

  12. Posted February 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Gina,
    Whew – I’m not alone on the box thing. I’m glad you like the project, and thank you for commenting!
    Melody