Hey guys! Colleen here from Lemon Thistle and I’m excited to show you this DIY date box that’s such a fun gift idea for a couple or for your sweetheart. You could even create a year full of date ideas and attach gift cards to give as a wedding gift. I’ll raise my hand… I’d like to receive that! The brush stroke pattern adds some fun pops of color but the hand lettered detail is my favorite.
- Paper Mache Recipe Box
- Acrylic Paint
- Flat Paint Brush and Fine Tip Paint Brush
- Core’dinations 4.25 x 5.5 inch Cardstock
- Sharpie Markers
Get started by giving your recipe box a couple coats of white acrylic paint as a base. In some areas I actually did three coats, allowing to dry fully in between. I painted the inside of my recipe box to give a finished look, but you could just paint the outside if you like.
Randomly place thick strokes with your flat brush of both blues, the green, and the gold. The photos don’t show it that well but the metallic gold is really quite beautiful in the light! Don’t be too picky about where you put the brush strokes, just have fun with this!
Now for the really fun part, start writing down fun date ideas on the precut cardstock using the gold sharpie, I made mine double sided. If you need some great date ideas, just search on Pinterest and I promise you, you’ll find more date ideas than you need! I tried to vary what was on each side of the cards. If one side said ‘hit the beach’ the other side was a more winter friendly activity so we would never have to put the card back.
Colleen is a wife, new mama to twins, and lover of pretty things. Lemon Thistle is her little corner of the web to document the beauty of life as it speeds by. You can expect to see parties, home decor, printables, good food, photos, and lots of DIY on Lemon Thistle (Oh, and babies too!). Plus, she’s keeping it real on a budget. Please show Colleen some love by visiting her awesome blog and keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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