This old, musty flatware case was destined for the dump before I decided to make it into a "Mom's Treasure Box". I love giving things a second life...I'm forever rummaging around at junk stores - much to the amusement of my family.
I found a book of bird stickers from the bookstore that I never used for anything and decided that they would be perfect to decorate the box.
Blue and gold paint, primer paint (any white paint will work), decoupage medium, stickers or pictures, sand paper, white glue, polyurethane, felt.
I ripped out the stinky innards that held the flatware then washed and dried it.
Sand it lightly, then cover it in white paint (I used gesso).
Paint it your base color, I used blue, and when it's dry "daub" it with the metalic paint for a mottled effect.
Plan the placement of your stickers/pictures....you can even overlap them. Glue them into place and coat with decoupage medium - I did about 15 coats, but true decoupage can be 30-40 coats! When it's dry seal it with the polyurethane.
Cut the felt to fit the inside and glue into place. Now you have a special place to keep all the cards and wonderful pictures drawn by little hands!