Tia Marie Dalton Hall- My Treasure Box

  1. Begin with a cigar box, preferably one made of “wood” as opposed to those constructed with cardboard
  2. Sand down the ENTIRE box, inside and out, making sure to scuff any “shiny” areas (the gesso/paint won’t adhere as well if this isn’t done), as well as, dulling the look of any dark or embossed elements as they can detract from your final presentation

  3. Wipe down entire box with a slightly moistened paper towel/baby wipe to rid all surfaces and corners of dust/debris that will can be disastrous further into the process if allowed to remain…if the towel/wipe is too heavily saturated, it can cause the box to fall apart or warp
  4. Paint the box…for this project I chose to paint the outer sides in FOLK ART #485 RAW UMBER, the top in APPLE BARREL GLOSS #20625 DEEP PURPLE, the top edges in FOLK ART #659 METALLIC PEARL WHITE, underside of the lid in FOLK ART #484 BRILLANT ULTRAMARINE, and finally, the inside walls and bottom in APPLE BARREL #20221 KIWI.
  5. Cut out, carefully without nicking any of the outside edges of the circles, a section from the green patterned paper with the open circles, 5 circles vertically and 6 circles horizontally
  6. Cut the outside edges of each of the circles along the outside perimeter, halfway towards the middle, of the now rounded off square so that it has scalloped edges on ALL
    4 sides

  7. Ink each of the circle’s outside edges with the following corresponding ink pens: purple circle—SHARPIE Medium Purple; blue circle—ZIG Calligraphy Dual Tipped Pure Blue; turquoise circle—MARVY Dee Gruenig Brush Marker #125 Turquoise Blue; chartreuse green—MARVY Dee Gruenig Brush Marker #127 Lime Green;
    brown circle—MARVY Pigmented Artist Dual Tipped Dark Brown
  8. Adhere this scalloped block of circles to the upper right corner of the lid with ½” Craft GLUE DOTS on each of all of the outside edge’s circles as close to the edge as possible, in order to prevent the circles from becoming damaged by the repetitive opening of the lid
  9. Select the CAPITAL LETTERS for the word TREASURE and lower case letters for the word box (without the letter o)
  10. Adhere the CAPITAL LETTERS to the purple patterned paper with chartreuse and brown dots, so that each LETTER is only has a dot-free area of purple around it
  11. Cut these LETTERS out so as to create a purple mat for each
  12. Color the edges of EK SUCCESS 3d-Dots Small and Large Foam Discs with the Medium Purple SHARPIE and then peel off one end of the dots and adhere them to each of the bottoms of the purple matted
    adding dimension to the
  13. Adhere these purple matted
    CAPITAL BROWN LETTERS from nearly the top left corner
    diagonally across the center of the scalloped square to nearly the bottom right corner
  14. Adhere the 3/16 ” Mini GLUE DOTS to the bottom of 9 of the clear crystals, adhering one to each of the following CAPITAL LETTERS: both R and the A
  15. Edge the lowercase letters b and x with a SAKURA Soufflé Turquoise Pen
  16. Cut two
    2 ½”
    long sections of the
    brown ribbon… then cut a dovetail out of the end of each end of both ribbonsfold them in half
  17. Staple 2 blue staples, crossed over on another, into the folded end of the ribbons to each end of the brown label with chartreuse, turquoise, and blue dots
  18. Adhere the now embellished brown label to the lower left hand corner of the lid with the left end flush with the left edge of the lid, allowing the left side ribbon to hand over the edge
  19. Adhere the round “Bulls Eye” sticker with a brown center, a turquoise inner ring and a chartreuse
    outer ring to the center of the brown label with the brown ribbons
    stapled to each end
  20. Adhere the turquoise outlined brown lowercase letters b
    and x on either side of the center “Bulls Eye” circle sticker to form the word box
  21. Outline the edges of ALL the petals of 3 of the small brown flowers with SAKURA Brown Crystal Color Lacquerallow to dry thoroughly before adhering to the center of the “Bulls Eye” sticker that is the “o” for the word “box
  22. Adhere a clear crystal in the center of each of the small brown flowers once they have thoroughly dried
  23. Apply Yellow
    SAKURA Crystal Color Lacquer
    the petals of each
    of 3 chartreuse flowersallow to dry thoroughly before adhering the brown buttons to each of them
  24. Adhere a clear crystal to the top of each of 3 of the brown buttons so that the crystal nearly completely covers both of the button holes
  25. Apply Light Blue SAKURA Crystal Color Lacquer to the ENTIRE top of 2
    turquoise flowers…allow to dry thoroughly before adhering to the center of each of the turquoise flowers the outlined small brown flowers with clear crystals adhered to their centers
  26. Edge every edge of each of the petals of the large purple flower with the Medium Purple SHARPIE then trace back over that edging with a Light Purple SAKURA Crystal Color Lacquer…allow to dry thoroughly
  27. Mount the large purple flower just before the right corner of the lid
  28. Mount,
    in an imaginary triangle formation, with the chartreuse brown buttoned flower at the “top” and each of
    the turquoise with small brown flowers as the “bottom
    corners” on the large purple flower
  29. Cut the tip off of the brown and chartreuse
    photo corners and the solid brown photo corner that resemble a parentheses symbol…adhere the plaid corners under the turquoise flowers with small brown flowers and the solid brown photo corner under the chartreuse
    brown button

  30. Adhere the brown, white, and chartreuse striped photo corners on top of the corners of the chartreuse and brown scalloped photo corners… placing 1 under each of the remaining 2 chartreuse
    brown button
    flowers (without crystals on top of them) with the tips underneath each
  31. Adhere the above set in a diagonal in the lower left corner of the chartreuse large circle scalloped square aligning the button holes so that when the square brown “CREATE” sticker
  32. Place half
    of a 1″ Glue Lines GLUE DOTS over the holes of each of the brown buttons adhered to the chartreuse flowers


  1. Align the brown “CREATE” sticker so that the right bottom corner just covers the button holes on one of the chartreuse
    flowers and the left upper corner just covers the button holes on the other brown button
    chartreuse flower


  2. Cut the brown paper with the turquoise, blue, and chartreuse circles on it into carefully cut strips leaving equal space on either side of the row of circles
  3. Cut out a 3cm guide circle out of heavy, clear plastic and align the clear guide circle over each of the circles and with a pencil lightly
    trace the circle so that there’s an even brown circle around each color circle
  4. Cut out the circle-strips but DO NOT cut them apart…connect the circles with a remaining diagonal strip much like a wave pattern…to avoid heartache and despair, be VERY careful as this can and will tear
  5. Cut out circles from the chartreuse large circle patterned papertake the MARVY Artist Dual Tipped Dark Brown Marker and color just inside the circle’s inner edge to eliminate any trace of the chartreusebe careful NOT to color over onto the edge color
    as that circle will become useless…
  6. Adhere with
    ½” Craft GLUE DOTS under each of the turquoise and blue circles and then attach the corresponding turquoise or blue
    circle so that the circle’s edge is visible around the brown-wave circle…you may have to trim down the wave circle to get a nice edging…


  7. Adhere a ½” Craft GLUE DOT under
    of the turquoise and blue matted circles NOT the unmated chartreuse circles…
  8. Attach the matted wave strips to the middle of the outside walls of the box

  1. Mount the three square flower stickers: purple flower
    brown center and chartreuse edges, the brown flower with a chartreuse center and purple edges, and the chartreuse flower with a purple center and brown edges…align them so that they are horizontally corner to corner in a row in the center of the underside of the lid
  2. Cut 8 purple ribbon 1 ½”strips… for each strip cross them over so that their ends just overlap (4 with the shiny side out and 4 with the matte side out) and adhere the ends on top of each other with a 3/16″ Mini GLUE DOT effectively creating a “petal“…then, without removing a
    ½” Craft GLUE DOT adhere 4 of the “petals” so that 2 of them are shiny side up and 2 are matte side up
  3. Place a ½” Craft GLUE DOT on the light side of a brown button with a clear crystal on it in and adhere it to the center of this purple ribbon flower then adhere this flower on either side of the center square
    sticker on the underside of the lid

  4. Cut out
    a strip from the striped patterned paper and adhere it to the back, inside wall of the box

  5. SMILE! You did it !!! CONGRATULATIONS you are DONE !!!!!!!!! : ) Enjoy and God Speed !!!! : )



One Response to Tia Marie Dalton Hall- My Treasure Box

  1. Susie Koontz says:

    This craft is so unique and beautifully made. Anyone would have a use for the beautiful box. I can just imagine a young child putting specials things in it! The uses for this beautiful box are endless.

    Love it!

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