Daily Archives: June 6, 2012

Shabby Summer Centerpiece

I love paper crafting but I love using my supplies for more than just cards and layouts. Altering things around the house to make something new and unique makes for some fun projects. It’s a nice change of pace and today I’m sharing an altered wood crate basket that will add a fun shabby look to my kitchen table this summer.

I found this little wood crate on the top shelf in my craft cupboard just holding a bunch of odds and ends. I’m betting that some of you have see this crate before and maybe even have one of your own. It was an old Prima crate that held milk bottles of Got Flowers. My bottles have long since disappeared so two mason jars make fun little vases to bring the beautiful outdoors inside.

The wood crate as been given a white washed look by dabbing on some Picket Fence Distress Stain to all the wood surfaces. Because I’ll be changing up the flowers in the jars all summer long (gotta love those perennials), I’ve kept the accent soft, pretty and neutral so colors won’t clash.

To make the embellishment, I’ve covered some chipboard with patterned paper and then die cut it. By placing an XXL Glue Dot® onto the center of the panel, it makes a super easy way to cluster embellishments all on one adhesive. It also helps to focus them all into one place.

Last week my peonies were blooming, so here’s the top view with a pretty blossom. I have some roses about bloom so they’ll be next on my table. Can’t wait.

Totally off topic for paper crafting…does anyone have favorite easy-care roses? I’m looking for some new varieties that are hardy for a Canadian climate. One of my recent faves has been The Fairy which keeps blooming all season long.


I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.
Happy creating!