Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Mod Podge Project

My daughter had to do a memory box for "To Kill a Mockingbird", all she really had to do was use a shoe box and put 5 things about her character in the box. However, she loves to be creative (when in the "mood"), so she asked me what she could do and that she wanted it to look "old". Also the more creative your project was, the better your grade would be.

 So immediately I said "How about decoupage,?", of course her response was "What?" 
Once I showed it to her and explained what you do........

 She said "Okay, but what do we have to use for this?"  Hmmmm... I think I have just the right thing (if I can find it?) so out come the supplies.

Here is a close up:

If you look closely at the photo above, you will see the decoupage tissue that we used.  It was just like decorative tissue paper. We pulled them all out and picked out the ones we thought would give us the look she wanted. Next, we tore them in to all different sizes and mixed them up for randomness ( is that a word?) you know what I mean, right?  My daughter started to go to work on her box:

As you can tell , to right we poured the Mod Podge into a plastic cup, made for easy clean up. She used a sponge brush to apply the Mod Podge to the box and then laid her tissue on top of it.

Then she would go over the tissue pieces again with the Mod Podge.  Oh as I am looking at this, I just remembered, we thought it needed something other than the tissue. So immediately, I thought of the Graphics Fairy, click here: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B-lm0ZsrXVngNzBhNTMyODYtMWYzYy00NTFjLTg3ZDctOTkwNTQzNDQ5OTRm&hl=en&pli=1, for vintage sheet music. I printed it onto beige paper and presto, just what it needed.

We painted the inside of the box black, but it just wasn't working, so she decoupage the sides and put the sheet music on the bottom "perfect touch".  She also needed to personalize it some how?

Since her character was Mayella, she really needed to think about what (5) things to put in Mayella's memory box. So she picked the famous verse about a Mockingbird, the word Hope, because the girl did have hope in the beginning and the bird symbol.

Now for inside the box she decide the first item would be a box that held the (7) nickels. The same nickels that she sent the children to get ice cream. We used the same technique to do this box, as the big box.

In the finished box you will find the rest of the items, red flower from her "garden", picture of Tom Robinson, newspaper article about the trial and a journal entry written by Mayella of how she might have felt at the end, about what she had done and how awful she probably felt.

Finally the outside of the project looked like this:

She finished it off by personalizing it a little more with an "M". We sprayed it with a thin coat of sealer
to seal the paint on the "M", it just would not dry.

Her teacher just loved it! She received the highest grade in the class :) We had some great mother/daughter time and made our first Mod Podge project together. I am repurposing the box for myself as a memory of time spent with my daughter, may be my sewing box :)

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  1. And how fun was that? I love playing with that stuff! Very cute...

  2. I love doing these projects with the kids for their homework. Unfortunately, I tend to take over and need to keep reminding myself it is their project. It really does turn into a fun time. Love your finished project. I can see why she got the highest grade!

  3. How precious! It came out great and very unique. :)

  4. This is one of my *favorite* all time books...ever. I've read it numerous times and have done projects and such before (when I was younger, obviously hehe)...she did such an awesome job!!! I'd give her an A for sure!!! Way to go!

  5. Don't you just love Mod Podge!!!! Thanks for following me - I think I got you to 50 by following you!!!

  6. Hey Chrissy! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and following me! I am your newest follower now as well. :) I absolutly love this project! You and your daughter did an awesome job. Mod Podge is the best stuff!

  7. Awesome! I love Mod Podge in ways that a woman should probably not love a glue product. It's ridiculous. Have you tried covering boxes in fabric? I am addicted to it!

  8. Chrissy, thanks for visiting my blog and following. I am a new follower of you :)
    I just love Modge Podge and all the things you can do with it.

  9. Cute, cute, cute!! I love me some Mod Podge - it is the best. If you're trapped in this weather the way we are, maybe you and your daughter will get some extra crafting time. I think it's great that you can repurpose the box - that "M" can stand for "MOM"! :-)

  10. Wow, that was so creative! I remember when my son read that book!

    Thanks for the visit!!

  11. YAY, Chrissy! You did a fantastic job and now I get to come check out your piece of blogland!

    As a former teacher, I would love to get this project from your kiddo! A+ in my book!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Erin :)

  12. Hey Chrissy! I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award! You can find it here: http://militaryspousehouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html


  13. What a great project and such special mother/daughter crafting time! I need to work on my modge podge skills...not the easiest craft for me but I do love the effect! Congrats on the highest grade in class! How wonderful! Thank you for your kind visit today and for following me! I am following you back!
    Best Wishes!

  14. That's awesome, my daughter has to do a similar project this weekend. I will show her this and break out the Mod Podge myself!!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my site too!