Decorated Box Vintage Bicycle

Hi everyone

I hope you are all well.

Today I would like to share a project made for the Crafty Individuals’ March Challenge.  The theme this month,  chosen by the lovely Sylvie – Nefertiti, is “boxes of all sorts”.  The theme is open to your interpretation but do check the rules for the challenge.

A little faux vintage shabby box


This is a working box so I wanted the trims really secure on the box so I painted them and fixed them with gel medium.  They are not moving!!
The strip on the base of the box is a piece of printed text which I painted on a coat of gel medium, attached to the box and then sanded down the edges so it is really flat against the wood.  This also distressed it a little.

photo of just the lid.

Florence Langley Box lid CI 4 015WMSM

The box was base coated with Gesso and painted with cream and turquoise colored
paint as seen.
I sanded it quite a bit to give it the vintage distressed look.
The images and sentiments have been stamped in black archival ink.
I added some little wooden beads for the feet.
Tip:  If you stamp onto a pained surface and you make a mistake, remove the stamped image with Staz-On cleaner.  Swipe it with a baby wipe to remove any residue of the cleaner.  Leave the surface to dry and then stamp again.  Saves sanding and repainting.

Crafty Individuals Stamps used:
Country Days (bicycle) CI 417
Seaside Friends (sentiment) CI 283
The postage mark was made using an old stamp but others can be seen here.
Crafty Individuals vintage tickets and ephemera CI 307

Thanks for looking
Take care
Florence x

22 thoughts

  1. Very nice… love the distressed paint around the bicycle and the buttons on the wheels.

  2. Florence my dear girl you have surpassed yourself again ! This is such a beauty love the shabby chicness of it, the gorgeous stamping and the very true sentiment. The tape measure is a great trim looks fantastic as does the gorgeous lace.


  3. Your little box is adorable Flo, I love it!!!! 🙂
    And you give me a great tip or reminder (I’m not sure I would have think to do it otherwise, so really thank you) which can be very useful – even precious I think! – for me this week-end. Indeed I have a workshop planned on Satursday to decorate a box with PanPastels and Stazon ink (for direct application of stamping), and I was worrying about that precisely, since all the ladies are not regular stampers… So great tip!!!
    Hugs, Coco xxx

    1. Ooo! Coco, I am sure you remember but I know you are really busy with your workshop. Sometimes shades of red or orange ink can stain the paint. That probably is a sanding job.
      Sorry folks should have put that in my post.
      Hugs Flo xx

  4. Very Pretty Florence, I have just the spot in my guest bedroom for this exact box, lovely keepsake.

  5. Love your little box. It looks so delicate. Great tip for removing an inky mistake – would have never thought about that. So glad I found your blog years ago. I love your work and it is so inspirational!


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