These small matchboxes can be used for invitations or to hold a special treat or gift. This project has a Southwestern flair which is unusual for me. I just can’t get enough of the turquoise beads that I’ve used to embellish the feathers. To make the gilded feathers I have used Nuvo’s Gilding Flakes, Glue Pen & their double-ended bristle brush that they make. All three of these products worked really well for precise gold leafing. Something else I discovered was that the gilding flakes adhere beautifully with hot glue, creating an effect similar to soldered metal. I will share this this new technique with you later in this post.
This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the supplies with my own money. Everything that I used to create this project I have personally tested and approved of.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
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Nuvo Gilding Flakes/Radiant Gold
Nuvo Gilding Glue Pen
Nuvo Large Glue Pen
This pen is good for covering larger spaces such as the interior of the boxes. Mine worked really well until I left the cap off.
Nuvo Double-Ended Blender Brush
.25 Scor-Tape Double-Sided Tape
Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 5” Titanium Scissors
10lb. Hemp Cord, Local Craft Store
Cardstock, Local Craft Store
Beads! Local Craft Store
Stem Wire 30 Gauge
Can be found in the floral design department at your local craft store.
Cricut Maker (Optional)
Utility scissors (Old scissors for cutting wire)
CUT OUT PIECES FOR YOUR MATCH BOX & FEATHER
If you have a Cricut Machine I have the project set up for you over at Cricut.com. Just use the link below. If you do not have your free account set up with Cricut.com this link will not connect you to this project.
You will need to purchase these two files from Cricut.com. Hummingbird Traveler Studio will not receive a commission from the purchase of these files.
Don’t have a Cricut Machine? Then you can cut them out by hand! I found many examples similar to the ones above online.
I kept the box small, 3/4″ deep X 3 x 4.5”. You can adjust the size to match the size of box that you need.
ASSEMBLE YOUR BOX
GILD THE INSIDE OF THE BOX
This is an optional step. I thought it looked especially pretty with the off-white paper.
TIP; I like to pull part of the gilded flakes out of their original container and put them into a larger glass container with a lid. This helps keep some of the leaf from getting everywhere.
LET’S GILD & BEDAZZLE OUR FEATHERS!
HEAT UP THAT GLUE GUN!
- Cut off the paper portion of the stem. Then cutout a piece of wire. I like to have the wire extend about an inch past the edge of the feather…it makes it easier to handle when you bead.
- Apply hot glue to the wire and apply directly to the paper.
- Move fast! Be careful to not burn your fingers! Apply the gold leaf over the warm hot glue, let it set until it is cool.
- Burnish the foil with the brush. Removing the excess & smoothing out the surface of the foil.
- Apply the glue to the remaining surface.
- Apply the foil, allow the glue to set. I like to work inside the bowl to cut down on mess.
- Burnish & remove the excess.
- Bead the stem.
- Cut down the extra wire, leave about 1/4″.
- Put a dab of glue on the edge, this holds the beads in place.
- Move fast, without burning yourself! Add a small amount of foil to the warm glue, smooth with fingers.
- The last step! With your small sharp scissors, cut up the sides of the feather creating a “feathered” look.
WRAP YOUR BOX & ADD YOUR BEDAZZLED FEATHER
I used 10lb. Hemp Cord to embellish the box. The natural look of the cord brings everything together. I wrapped the cord around 4 times, but this is up to you.
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you liked this post and that you have left feeling inspired to create!
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