2/15/08

Show & Tell Friday~

This week I'm sharing a little treasure chest I've painted for my grandson's Pirate birthday party in April.I purchased the chest from a second hand store and painted it just as it was to keep it looking old and battered. I lined the inside of the chest with some map wall paper. I've also made a wall sign with my grandson's name. I purchased some wooden letters and covered them with some maps I got for free from another second hand store. (Don't you just love second hand stores?) Anywho, I used water solvable ink around the edges of each letter then I used something called decoupage finish on top of that...and that caused the ink to wash over the map causing the bright/vibrant colors to become aged. I drilled holes into each letter and added knotted suede roving to make it appear that it was tied onto the large oval... but I just glued them on. (I used the same technique on the ovals map) I then glued rope around the edge added some suede roving, made a hanger and taaaaaaadaaaaaaa, instant cute!
This Show & Tell is hosted by: Kelli

35 comments:

Rebecca said...

What a special treasure!! That is something he will probably treasure the rest of his life. Thanks for sharing it.

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Super great chest! What fun to prepare and look forward to!
*Heidi*

MammyT said...

Those are just great. I love maps. I decorated something with some old map designs from a calendar. I even think it was a $1 calendar. It is just beautiful. How big is that chest?
Nancy

Anita said...

Wow, a pirate birthday party! That sounds so exciting! I am sure Jonathan and his friends had lots of fun and he loved the things you made for him!

You did a great job on the sign with his name!

Best wishes, Anita

jennifer said...

You are so talented. I'm sure he will 'treasure' it always! Jen

genny said...

Its a nicely made. You really did a good job... Nice treasure. Happy ST!

mrsjojo said...

Very creative. What a treasure of a treasure!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh wow.....I think it's awesome, and if I can say this....I bet he "treasured" the chest too!

My Show N Tell is shared. Hope you can drop by for a few minutes' visit today.

Penless Thoughts said...

What a great job and what a treasure for him.
Susan

Judy said...

Wow, you did a great job. I love it.

Constance said...

Some people are incredibly creative and I ain't one of them! AARRGGG! It's obvious though that you are! I loved the way you did his name and the way it turned out!
Connie

Tracy said...

He'll love it!

Jessica said...

I have to echo the sentiments here - you did a great job! Thanks for sharing.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You did a marvelous job on the treasure chest, it is truly a "treasure!" I love the way the name plate turned out.

Katherine

ellen b said...

Oh how creative you are. I love all the special touches! It's going to be a party to remember...

Mrs M said...

What a very special gift that your grandson will treasure always!

BTW - I've REloaded my S&T photos so they SHOULD work now!

Blessings,
Mrs M

Barbara H. said...

You did a great job!! Those are wonderful.

Gattina said...

Your grandson is very lucky to have such a creative grandma !! this treasure chest is a dream for a boy !

Mary said...

This is awesome! What a lovely job you did with it. It looks like an antique. I'm sure your grandson will treasure it for years to come. Great job~

Blessings,
Mary

Jillian said...

What a treasure for sure! I love the map lining...and how it looks like it just came off a pirate ship! Nice work...

Thanks for stopping by my Show n Tell!

Sarah said...

It's beautiful and the lettering is exquisite.

Lori Stilger said...

Wow, what awesome work!!!! I especially love the wall hanging; great job, Cheryl! Those will certainly be treasured. ;D
I crack myself up, you know.... :D
Have a blessed day!

cherished*vintage said...

Cool treasure box! He'll love that forever for sure! Your work is beautiful.
-Karoline

Jean said...

Great job! I'm sure they were both a major hit!

the teach said...

What creative work for your grandson. I'm sure he will love it! You're a very generous grandma! :)

Sharon said...

You're right, instant cute! It is very cute indeed! I love the treasure chest too! What a fun thing for your son!

:0) sharon

Charlotte said...

What a great treasure chest. I'm sure it will hold many treasures in the years to come. I really like the sign you made too.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comments.
Have a great weekend.

nannykim said...

cool; he should really love it! Looks like he will have so much fun and imagination will go with it!

Lora said...

You're going to make one little *pirate* very happy! So cute!

Kelli said...

Very nice!! I love the map wallpaper, how perfect is that?! I'm sure it was a hit with the birthday boy!
Hugs,
Kelli

Jewelgirl said...

Really terrific ideas for a
pirate/treasure themed party.
What a lucky young boy!

PamperingBeki said...

Oh how cool!! You're super talented!

Betty said...

Beautiful treasure chest....I like the maps also...

Thanks for dropping in to visit me....Betty

Muum said...

I am so impressed with your creations. Thanks for sharing them , and thanks for visiting my blog. I'll have to take my earrings to a jeweler and see if they are worth anything.

Mommy said...

I love the idea of lining the chest with paper. It is very unique. I am sure your grandson was thrilled to get it. :)

His name plaque is a wonderful idea too. I really want to make some for my children also.