Blingy Vanity Storage
Can you believe that these glittery blingy vanity storage containers started out as dollar tree gift boxes? Well they did. They came in nested sizes, and I thought how perfect they would be as vanity storage when I first saw them.
Set of 3 round nested gift boxes
3 x ceramic candle holders
This is one of those projects that I was inspired to make when I found these awesome gift boxes at the dollar tree. They were nested and came in 3 sizes. The things that I liked about them are first off that they are really really sturdy. Made of cardboard but not flimsy at all. Also, I really liked the colour, even though I intended to give them a make-over. But wanted to keep that really fabulous pop of pink on the inside.
The first step in this project is to paint all of the containers and the candle holders with a coat of metallic silver paint. I used Rust-Oleum metallics in bright reflective finish in silver I love this paint, it’s got a great reflective finish and it also has really good coverage, and dries crazy fast! When spraying the containers, just spray the outsides, with the lids still on. this will preserve the bright interior. Also paint the pedestals at the same time.
I picked up this ribbon at Dollarama a while ago, because I loved the iridescent quality. Until now I wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for. If you can’t find similar ribbon, just pick anything that is sheer and has an iridescent finish. Make sure that it’s wide enough to cover the largest container. Here’s a link to a similar style of ribbon
Measure a piece of ribbon wide enough to cover the container, and trim it to fit the height. Then starting at the seam of the container (this will be the back of your container) attach the Ribbon using hot glue, and glue only the top and bottom edges of the container (without the lid) and attach the ribbon all the way round the container. You don’t want to glue anywhere else on the gift box besides the top and bottom edges, which will be covered in bling, so you won’t see the glue.
There are lots of types of bling ribbon out there. I bought this one from Dollarama the one I used on the top has 8 rows of gems. First measure around the outside of the lid and cut a piece to the right length. Then trim it to the correct height so that the trim overlaps the seam where the lid and the container connect, enough so that it hides the seam.then using hot glue attach it to the top edge, starting at the back seam. Trim off any excess.
For the body of the container I used a larger style of bling ribbon. Cut a couple of rows off of the ribbon to fit around the container. This will cover up any glue that you can see from attaching the sheer ribbon. Keep all of the start and finish points along the back seam, so that the front will be seamless. Attach a couple of rows at the top and bottom of the container. Make sure you do the top with the lid on.
I bought these mirrors at Michaels, they are 3″ rounds. Before attaching the mirrors to the boxes, first measure and mark the centre using a sharpie. To add the mirror to the top, first trace around it to make sure it’s centered on the top of the lid. Glue it down with hot glue.
Next add vase filler around the remaining space, which will be different for each lid, since the gift boxes are different sizes. First apply either white glue or mod podge around the mirror, and useing either a toothpick or wooden stick push it into all of the edges. Then pour vase filler and tamp it down. Let dry overnight. Tap off any loose vase filler and use mod podge to seal the filler. Just paint it on with a small paint brush. let dry.
Button or Pulls
I had left-over crystal buttons from my velvet headboard that I made. I added a silver bead that fit the hasp of the button. First I glued the silver bead onto the mark I made to denote the centre of the mirror, using E6000 and hot glue to hold it in place. Then fill the centre of the bead with hot glue, and push the button into the bead opening, and make sure it is straight. This forms your handle. I used items that I had on hand, you may find it easier to just buy Crystal knobs.Pedestals
Your ceramic candle holders should already be painted, assuming you did these at the same time as your containers. To attach the gift boxes to the pedesals, apply both E6000 and hot glue. It’s easiest to do this with the lid removed and the container flipped upside down. Center the pedestal and trace. You won’t need to do this on the smallest one, because it will just sit on the edge of the container.
Repeat these steps for the remaining 2 containers.
Once they are all complete you will have a set of 3 graduated sized containers. I actually made this with the intention of using them in the bathroom as vanity storage. They are perfect for holding Cotton swaps, Cotton pads for removing make-up and hair ties, just to name a few.
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