Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Mini Coffin Jewelry Box

I've been looking forward to sharing this project! I painted this little coffin in November but I was too much in the Christmas spirit during December to blog about it. Now that we're in January, I'm ready to leap back into the Halloween topics!

You might remember this mini coffin from my After Halloween Target Haul in 2013.

If you're lucky, you can find these little wooden coffin boxes at craft stores around Halloween. It took me a while to decide what to do with this one. Then, while organizing some jewelry, it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a separate box for some of my smaller Halloween jewelry. Then I remembered the coffin box!

I started by painting the coffin in a metallic purple. This was the same paint I used on some of the little skeletons for our last Witch Party.

I painted a little night scene on the coffin lid with some silver paint.

About this time, it occurred to me that if I painted the inside edges of the coffin doors, they'd probably stick when closed. That, and the bottom of the coffin could stick to the surface under it. Especially on those humid days, painted wood stuff sticks to whatever it's next to.

So after a little searching online, I found out that a polyurethane vanish can seal off painted wood and prevent it from sticking. I was happy to find this polyurethane varnish at a local craft store. I think with a coupon the varnish ended up costing under a dollar. I love this product! It doesn't smell like much of anything. You'd have to try smelling it to notice an odor. It dries clearly and quickly. And it does the job! My little coffin now has a smooth finish and is in no danger of sticking to anything. So I recommend this product to all of you crafters! Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish:

After finding that awesome sealer, I moved on to painting the coffin interior. I decided to go with one of those plush, silky coffin interiors. Perfect for a little vampire. :) I painted that button-tufted look on the inside and sealed it off.

Then my little coffin was ready for some jewelry.

I closed the jewelry box and sat it on a shelf with my Draculaura doll and her little vampire bat.

What better place to set my new coffin box than with a little vampire?