Wednesday, January 25, 2012

8 Simple steps to your very own wooden Magic 8 ball trinket box

In just a few steps you can turn a simple wooden round box into an awesome "Magic 8 Ball" trinket box that’s perfect for anyone. Ready? Lets do it!

You’ll need:

-1 round wooden box

-1 round, flat wooden piece (optional, read Step 3)

-Sand paper

-Black acrylic paint

-Blue acrylic paint

-white paint

-1 sponge paint brush

-1 medium sized paint brush

-Black marker

-E6000 (strong glue in a silver tube)

-Mod Podge (glue)




-News paper

The first thing you’ll always want to do is protect your surface by laying down a few sheets of newspaper, it takes just a second. Trust me you’ll regret it if you don’t. I cant tell you how many times Ive ruined something of mine with paint because I was in a rush to try something new. Ive learned my lesson though, and as excited as I may be to start a new project, I ALWAYS take the time to protect my surface.

Ok so here we go

Step 1. Sand the rough edges on your box and lid

Step 2. Paint the outside of the box and its lid in black (let this dry)

Step 3. While your box is drying you can paint one side of the round flat wooden piece in white. If you don’t want to use or cant find a round flat wooden piece then find something round in your home and trace it on the lid before you paint the lid in black. Paint the inside of the circle in white, and paint the outer part of the circle in black. When this part dries, you can then write the number 8 in the middle of it.

Step 4. Once the box and lid dries, paint the inside of each in blue (like the liquid inside a magic 8 ball) and let it dry completely

Step 5. Using your computer and printer, type a few of the Magic 8 ball phrases, print, and then cut the answers inside a triangular shape.

Ex; Ask again later, My reply is no, Yes, doubt it

Step 6. Using your Mod Podge go ahead and glue each triangle on the inside of the box. Have fun with it, they don’t all have to be facing the same direction, try to simulate the floating effect in the magic 8 ball. The tips of the triangles can face down, up, left, right, at an angle etc…

Step 7. Dap a dime size of your E6000 glue (or any glue that bonds to wood) to the back of the round, flat wooden piece that you painted white, and place firmly on the lid (in the middle)

Step 8. When the glue dries, go ahead and brush on a layer of Mod Podge on your box, inside and out and youre done!

Oh BTW incase you havent read my blog on how to make Frankenstein, Mod Podge goes on white but dries completely clear, sooo don’t freak out!

How easy was this to make, right? I told you it was an awesome little box. I love things like this because not only can this be a gift for someone all on its own, but you can also use it as part of your d├ęcor in your home, bedroom, office etc… hey if you’re more of a pool player you can leave out the triangles with the answers and call it an 8 ball trinket box instead! Its all up to you.

Hope you had fun. If you’ve read my steps and tried making this box please feel free to share your comments and post your pictures