Friday, January 13, 2012

Conversation Valentine Mini-heart box tutorial for Paint Party Friday

It's still me, Crystal from Crystal Clear and I just wanted you all to check out my second blog just for craft tutorials, my-- work in progress. I haven't been around for a few weeks, recovering from a respiratory infection but I'm back now and good as new and I can't wait to see all of your newest work!

I found these little paper Mache boxes in a pack of 6 for under $3.00 at a local AC Moore craft store.  I just knew they would be perfect painted to resemble the conversation heart candy that is just everywhere on Valentine’s Day. You can fill them with a few of the candy hearts themselves as a party favor-- or better yet a special little gift for someone special.

You will need:

Mini paper Mache heart boxes (pack of 6)

Acrylic paint in pastel colors--pink, green, lavender, lemon yellow, and blue

Gold acrylic paint

Small paintbrush

Fine line marker in rose or pink

Ruler, newspaper, pencil with eraser, paper plates for paint

1.     Cover your work surface with paper to protect it.  Paint the inside of each box with gold metallic paint.  Let dry.

2.     Paint each box a different pastel color and let dry.  When dry add a second coat of paint if needed.  Yellow paint sometimes needs three coats.  Let dry completely.

3.     Use the examples given to write the sayings on the top of each box or personalize with some of your own with the fine line pink/rose marker. The height for the lettering should be approximately ¾ of an inch.  It is not that important to be perfect.  The candy hearts themselves are not always perfect!  If you are a bit leery about lettering, than lightly write the saying in pencil and then go over it with the marker.

When are finished you have a "conversation heart piece"...couldn't resist that one!  Visit all the other fantastic, wonderful, supportive, creative people this week on Paint Party Friday  Thanks to Kristin and Eva.


  1. These are wonderful little boxes. When I'm out today I'm going to see if I can find some of the boxes at the craft store and paint a few. You really do have fun ideas. Happy PPF.

  2. Super cute! At first glance they looked like candy.


  3. Crystal, that is one really cool idea!!! Your finished products look good enough to eat.
    My open ID doesn't seem to be working, so I'm leaving this with my blogspot ID. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Fun creations ~ just in time for next month's Valentine ~~ namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! What a fabulous idea. :-)

  6. Fun! Thanks for sharing the step by step!

  7. Thanks for the step by step. Your little boxes came out great!

  8. Beautiful fun boxes. Happy PPF, Annette x

  9. beautiful work on the boxes Crystal!

  10. What a cute idea!
    I am definitely going to try this.
    I love that the inside is painted metallic gold! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  11. Hey Crystal ;o) Glad you are feeling better ;o) These little boxes are so cute and fun!! A+++

  12. These are a fantastic idea..they are

  13. What an excellent idea! These boxes really look wonderful!

  14. What a perfect idea, Crystal! These are so adorable and when you add the candy sweet :) Love it!!!

  15. What wonderful "conversation (heart) pieces"! Hee hee A great tutorial :)


    p.s. I'm glad this post started off "It's still me..." because when I clicked on the link I was like, "wait... what?!?" hahaha This is a fun 2nd blog!

    p.p.s. I'm glad you're feeling better :)

  16. I love this sweet tutorial! & sweet tarts! Happy PPF!

  17. Now THAT is really cool! What a wonderful idea - and beautiful execution! I love this and will try it! Thank you for the inspiration, xo

  18. These are just adorable! What a great idea!

  19. Your Paper Mache Boxes are so cute and fun!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook

  20. Really great idea! thanks for sharing with your "heart"!

  21. How sweet! I love your conversation hearts. Thanks for sharing your process!

    Also, thanks for visiting my blog for my first PPF.


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