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Cross Stitch Treasure Box

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Use a small Cross Stitch design to embellish a wooden box. Make a treasure box for a child, or use the same method to create a special recipe box or address box.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Stitch a design on a piece of Cross Stitch fabric, small enough to fit on the top of the box. This project was stitched from the free Floating Diamonds back stitch pattern. Beads and sequins were added to the completed back stitch design.

  2. Prepare the box. Depending on the type you choose, you may want to paint it, or leave it natural.

  3. Place a piece of paper on top of the box large enough to overlap the edges. Use your fingernail to crease the paper on each edge, making a perfect pattern for the box top. Or, use a ruler to measure the top to determine the dimensions.

  4. Cut the excess fabric away from the design. The fabric should be the same size at the box top or slightly smaller.

  5. Use acid-free craft adhesive to apply the design to the top of the box. Be sure it is properly placed before pressing down to ensure a good bond.

  6. Add trim around the design, if desired. Additional trim could be added to the sides of the box.

  7. Variation One: Create a recipe box by adding a food-related design to the top of a file box.

  8. Variation Two: Place a strip of fabric with a stitched design on the side of a box instead of the top.

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What You Need

  • Small wooden box
  • stitched design
  • scissors
  • Craft adhesive
  • Trim (optional)
  • Paint (optional)
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