Altered Old Souvenir Boxes to Gift Boxes

Hi Creative Peeps,

Sumedha here! Today I am sharing 2 altered projects. I had these old souvenir boxes  which I thought of transforming into beautiful gift boxes. You can gift chocolates, gift cards, or any other small gifts to your loved ones in these boxes.

Let’s begin to see how I have altered two boxes with different looks and techniques.

Project- 1

This was a souvenir box I had with me for a long time and wanted to up-cycle.

I started by putting 2 layers of Gesso on the entire box – In and out.

I have taken a printout of a vintage girl from the internet and adhered it on a heavy cardstock with the help of soft gel medium. I also applied a layer of soft gel on top of the image to seal the colors.

I wanted to use the Chipboard window from IB which I had purchased long back to give my project a Victorian look. These are pre-primed chipboard shapes and can enhance the beauty of any project.  I also added crackle paste and Tim Holtz alcohol ink- Ginger to give it vintage look.


I  have taken a clay embellishment from my stash and put  Black Gesso on it once dried I highlighted the high points with Rich Gold metallic wax . I also had another bird and branch chipboard which I had bought long ago, I colored it with Rangers Distress crayons I bought from the store.


I layered the inside of the box with pattern paper from Fairly Sparkle paper pack and embellished my outer cover with the help of lace, chipboard, clay embellishment  and some fussy cut elements from the same paper pack. I used some dried moss to layer my flowers and birds. Flowers are from Tania and Marisa Birds and Berries collection.

This is how my final project looks from outside.


Project -2  I am also adding another altered project since the theme for this month’s Blog Challenge is handmade flowers and I can’t stop using them and making these.

1- I started by putting two coats of Gesso  on the entire box. It had a plastic sheet in the center which i wanted to keep as is and create a shadowbox  like gift box

2. I took a 12×12 inch pattern paper from the Fairy Sparkle paper pack and cut the corner which had a beautiful image of a fairy, to fit inside my box.

3.  I have pasted the paper with silicon glue. This is how the inside of the box looks.

4. I have added crackle paste to give some texture to the outer rim of my box. I am great fan of Little Birdie crackle paste. It gives such fine cracks to your project. I let it dry naturally for getting best results.

5. I have added  Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink-Ginger and Frosted Pool Alcohol Splash on the crackled area.

6. I have fussy cut elements from the same Fairy Sparkle paper pack for embellishments.

7. This is how my final box looks. I have embellished it with fussy cut elements , lace and chipboard elements and of course lot of flowers from different handmade flowers – Francisca Shabby ChicElvina Sunshine and Lemonade , Handmade Flower Pearl Petites Vivid palette.

I have added a handwritten sentiment- Secret Garden to my project.

Hope you liked them and will try something similar.

Happy crafting!


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