Monday, December 9, 2013

The tooth fairy box

We had a momentous occasion take place this past weekend.  My daughter lost her first tooth!  She was so excited when she realized that I had pulled it out.  I knew we had to make something special to keep that little bitty guy from getting lost.  Here is what we came up with:

We dug in our huge stock of craft stuff and found a little oval paper mache box.  It is about 3 3/4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide.  Still big for a baby tooth but also big enough to fit a little trinket and some coins from a winged fairy who spreads glitter and magic in exchange for them.  :) 
I negotiated hard for the printed paper.  It is from the Emma's Shoppe Collection Fabrics from Crate PaperI showed my daughter many different prints and she wasn't interested.  She chose the solid pink and blue and I had to tell her I would hardly use the floral at all.  Tough sell!  First, I hot glued 4 plain wooden beads on the bottom of the box to make feet.  I then measured the box and cut the paper accordingly.  I used Beacon's 3-in-1 advanced craft glue to adhere the paper.  It is very tacky and dries very quickly.  After adhering all of the paper inside and out, I used a nail file and used it to soften the edges of the paper where it rose over the edges of the box and lid.  I also roughed up the paper randomly so it would look like it was old.  Using Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink in tea dye, I used my Inkessentials ink blending tool and rubbed it down.  It turned out even better than I thought.  I really think it almost looks like it was painted and the paint rubbed off.  I even used the ink to "stain" the wooden beads a bit. 
Last, I hand-cut a tooth and used my Xyron sticker maker to make it sticky.  Then I glittered it up and adhered it to the lid.  I finished it off with some letter stickers from Echo Park's This and That collection.  Wee!  I am pretty excited with how it turned out. 
Luckily my daughter fell asleep before I went to bed so I was able to pull the ol' switcheroo safely and without fear of being caught.  I wrote an itty bitty note to her from the tooth fairy and inserted it into a teeny test tube along with glitter.  Our tooth fairy prefers gold glitter which is good because most tooth fairies use silver, so she never has to worry about a shortage!  Besides, she knows gold is the new silver which was the new gold hehe.  Fashion conscious, she is!  There were also five $1 dollar bills that were also sprinkled with glitter as well.  Willow was SO EXCITED. 
Guess I better get some more trinkets together because she already has a second loose tooth and scrambling around for gifts is my modus operandi, does not sound like fun.  (I plan on working on THAT for my New Year's Resolution.)  Here is my happy girl. 
Photobombed by a Halloween pumpkin!  Sure do love my cupcake!  Thanks for hanging out with me today!  Cheers!

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