Many years ago, I was given a lovely fabric covered heart box filled with
small soaps. Once the soaps were gone, I could not bring myself to throw
away the box and put it in a "safe" place until I could find another use for
it. Just recently, while cleaning out a closet, I found the box and
immediately decided to embellish it with a Battenberg doily and silk ribbon
flowers. I filled it with more gift soaps and used it as a hostess gift.
That box now has a new life! This process can also be used on paper mache
boxes that have been painted or fabric covered. (These boxes are very
inexpensive and plentiful in the craft stores. ) I purchased the doily in a
clearance bin at a local fabric store chain but you can make your own
crocheted heart or even use a piece of lace. The actual size of the box top
is 5" across at the widest point.
Fabric box or similar prepared for embellishment
Assorted Silk ribbon (I used 7 mm over-dyed peach for the
camellias, 7 mm green for the leaves, 4 mm dark lavender for the lilacs)
Assorted Seed Beads (I used size 10 light purple)
1 small lace doily to fit on the lid of the box
Make three free standing silk ribbon camellias. Tack them in
a pleasing arrangement to the lace doily. Fill in around the flowers if
preferred with additional silk ribbon embroidery--I made leaves of 7 mm
Japanese ribbon stitch and added colonial knots of 4 mm with beads in the
centers. Once the doily has been embellished, glue or hand sew with
invisible stitches, the doily to the top of the box.