Hosting summer barbecue’s seem to be a pretty standard thing for our family. I love how casual dining outdoors can be, but I also like making the tables cute. These patriotic craft utensil boxes are made of wood, so they will last for a long time. The boxes have lids, to they could also be used as home decor when they aren’t being used to corral cutlery.
- Unfinished Wood Craft Box with Lid (3)
- Rusted Tin Stars (4 packages)
- Red Craft Paint
- White Craft Paint
- Blue Craft Paint
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Tim Holtz Brown Distress Spray Stain
- Painter’s Tape
- Silver Spray Paint
This will probably require a couple of coats of paint to get full coverage. Allow to completely dry. Set the blue box aside.
Here is a trick that will get you really straight paint lines, without any bleeding. Using your white paint, paint over the tape lines where you will be painting the red stripes. Make sure to get the paint up to the tape, and if there are any slight gaps, get the white paint in there really good.
Now paint your red paint. This took me two coats to get a nice deep red color.
Carefully pull your tape up while the second coat of red paint is still wet.
See the beautiful crisp lines? Any potential bleeding underneath the tape was made with the coat of white paint!
Meanwhile, sand the blue box, especially on the edges and corners where normal wear would be.
Using a cloth, rub a light layer of wood stain over all three boxes to give them a distressed look. This will also seal the wood.
Using a glue gun, adhere the metal stars to the blue box, in the center- making sure to leave room at the top and the bottom of the patriotic craft box for the lid to fit.
For even more DIY patriotic inspiration, check out these 4th of July crafts yo yo candle wraps!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).