Monday, March 31, 2014

A Butterfly Decorated Seed Caddy


My project was inspired by my love of gardening and that I needed a practical yet attractive holder for all my seeds!











I started with this small plastic art caddy that my son had out grown.
I first wiped it clean with a wet then dry cloth.

 I used a few paper plates, a foam brush and Gloss lustre Mod Podge.

I sorted through my collection of printed paper napkins. I get the majority of my napkins at a discount store called Tuesday Morning.  The rest in specialty shops when the design catches my eye.

 I tore up copies of vintage music sheet paper and cut out parts of the napkin that I knew I would use.




I applied the torn music sheet paper to the inside of the caddy with the Mod Podge and foam brush.
 I also added some of the music sheet paper to the out side of the caddy, just under the lip.
Next I applied the napkin cut outs with Mod Podge to the entire outside of the caddy.
I filled in exposed areas with assorted purple tissue.
 I roughly trimmed out 2 of each butterfly images and applied them to sturdy white cardstock with Mod Podge. When dry, I carefully trimmed them out.
I used Tombo glue to adhere the first of each butterfly securely to the outside of the caddy. Then I placed a bit of glue to the center of each butterfly...let that set up a bit and placed the center butterfly onto the first, folding up the wings a little.
 For the inside border, I used a scalloped border punch on some Aquamarine Sorbet Cardstock.
Then I inked them with teal ink before gluing them in place.  Lastly I filled in space on the caddy with an assortment of rhinestones  and Dew Drops.
 I measured my seed packets, and created some divider cards with a Spring Collection of papers and a tab punch.

Here are my seed packets.

 I reused old prescription bottles and spice containers for my bulk seeds. I combined all my miscellaneous flower seeds so I'd be surprised as they bloom! Some of seeds were harvested myself and some were given to me.



 I adorned the butterfly's with the dew drops.
I just LOVE butterfly's!



 Thank you for coming by!
 I hope you have enjoyed my creation and are inspired to make something like this for yourself or even  friends. :)



19 comments:

Cely said...

this project is epic! love how the dew drops bring it up a notch!

Ro Donner said...

Absolutely stunning!

Bev said...

fabulous and creative project.. amazing colours and details..

Lee Brehon said...

I'm intrigued by how well the mod podge adhered to the plastic. That's really cool. I love the tissue effect on here.

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

What a super fabulous idea! You made this adorabe!! Great job!!

Terri Sproul said...

fun idea...

Robin O'Crowley said...

K, I won't believe you next time you say your not inspired, such a cute seed caddy. I am addicted to dew drops. Love them on here too!

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your seed caddy is gorgeous! I love it!!

Tonya said...

Wowzers!!! You knocked this project out of the ballpark!!! It is stunning!!! <3

Lastochka said...

Very cool idea to decorate plastic with The Robin's Nest products..I think it is very creatively))

barbara macaskill said...

This makes my heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM and I am breathless!
G O R G E O U S ! ! ! I, too, am a butterfly lover! Whenever I see a butterfly I know that a 7 year old angel is stopping to say Hello to me!
Your project is absolutely amazing! I love everything about it!! I am going to have to go napkin shopping because I have run out.
I am a new blog follower and look forward to seeing more of your creations! TFS!

Heather Thompson said...

i have so many ideas going on in my head right now. I need to do this to some of my stuff. Thank you for sharing.

Vicki robertson said...

Wow! Love your altered tote project!

Susan said...

Very colorful, really love those napkins!

LisaM said...

Love your idea! May just have to lift it for my seeds. TFS!

KarenB said...

I never thought of organising my seed packets like this - what a FABULOUS idea!! Looks amazing.

TracyM #6773 said...

OH MY - your seed caddy is such a DELIGHT that it is sure to repay you with years of BEAUTIFUL blooms Michelle!!!
LOVE your pretty layers and fussy cut flowers & butterflies - how clever using napkins!!!
I use old spice jars to store some of my seeds but don't have as big of a variety as you do.
THANK YOU for sharing your crafty inspiration :)

TracyM #6773 said...

AT LAST I have worked out a way to follow you - I'm posting my comments using Google but I cannot follow you using Google, set up with Yahoo now and it all seems to be ok ... I hope!!!
Looking forward to your next project :)

weze said...

very cute! I have that same basket & now you have inspired me to do something with it instead of leaving it there as a "plain jane"
Louise #3903

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