Graphic 45 Altered Box Part 2 – Finished

This project is my entry into Graphic 45’s metal challenge. Since I was hosting an altered box challenge on Paper Secrets last weekend, I used the first few steps as my example project (you can see the post showing the bare wood box and the after for the PS example on this post). I took it further for the Graphic 45 challenge since the point of that challenge is to include at least one of their new metal staples (embellishments) in your project. Well, last month I won the new G45 Le Cirque 12×12 paper pad, a Geometric metal knob and door plate staple and envelope tag staples on their blog. THANK YOU G45!!! To thank them properly, I thought it would be a good idea to use these items for the challenge. πŸ˜€

These photos pick up where I left off in my earlier post.

Here’s the exterior of the box:

When you open the box, on the left you see some of the cutouts that come in the paper back layered with a tag envelope staple tucked behind them:

Those cutouts are actually glued to a piece of repurposed chipboard to create a pocket that the envelope slides into. That way, I can hide special messages to my son in the envelope and it’s easier to add and remove the message. Also, if the envelope gets damaged from use, I can just replace it. πŸ˜€ On the right you see a photo of my son “clowning around” along with some embellishments, including the new metal knob and door plate by G45. πŸ˜€ Here’s what it looks like w/the envelope removed:

If you lift the flap the photo is mounted onto, it reveals 2 more photos mounted underneath:

You can also use the knob to lift out that entire section which is actually an insert that hides half the depth of the box, so it has a hidden compartment. Here’s the box with the insert removed:

I’ll have a tutorial on how to make the cardboard hidden compartment in another post at a later date. Hope you liked my project!


unfinished wood box (from craft store)
Graphic 45 12×12 Le Cirque Paper Pad
G45 Geometric knob and door plate staple
G45 Tag Envelope Staple
Folk Art acryllic paint


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac
Mod Podge (though I’ve heard you can use Helmar’s Acid Free Glue for decoupage)


Sponge brush
EK Success scalloped circle punch
Martha Stewart doily lace border punch

Comments are always welcome and appreciated! Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See THIS POST for further details and pictures. TFL!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kaths77
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 21:10:48

    What beautiful work- You really did a fabulous job here.

  2. Michelle
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 10:58:07

    I am so glad I check out your blog! I saw this awesome Altered Box on the Paper Secrets Birthday Bash Challenge, but don’t remembering seeing what you did inside! Too cute!

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