Poinsettia/White Pine Pinecone & Bough Music Box
For me, Christmas carols are one of the best parts of the holidays. In fact, I’m listening to them on the radio now as I write this post; they have been playing for over two weeks before Thanksgiving! Several years ago, I came across a company that makes “music box” components and surprisingly, they have excellent tone quality. I’ve made several music boxes with my 3-dimensional flowers on them and I thought that this project would be a personal one I could give away.
The music box plays Deck the Halls, a Welsh melody that dates back to the sixteenth century. It’s a traditional yuletide carol and one I can remember singing in the choir when I was younger. To win this keepsake plus the Garden Notes Poinsettia and White Pine Pinecone & Bough dies, make a comment about your favorite carol and why it’s a memory. The winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the week.
I like using Graphic 45’s Mixed Media box (#4500983) with their Antique Brass Claw Feet (#4501027). You need to use the feet because there has to be space for the “key” to the music box underneath. I also chose papers from their “A Christmas Carol” collection to cover the box, using “YES” glue. This glue can be found at most craft stores and since it doesn’t dry quickly, it’s easy to maneuver the papers in place. If you are covering the box, do it first before adding the claw feet.
Inserting the music box component. I dabbed a bit of white paint on the post and mark the hole inside the Mixed Media box. Since this box is very sturdy, I used my drill with a bit compatible to what I wanted the opening to end up to. Once the hole was drilled, I applied Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue on the bottom of the music box component and set it in place. Allow this to dry about 30 minutes before starting on adhering the Claw Feet. I used the same glue to attach the Feet to the bottom of the box, then screwed in the key to the music box component.
I used an InchieArt LLC. 3-inch Art Square to cover the opening in the Mixed Media box and give me an area to add my Garden Notes Poinsettia (#1090), White Pine Pinecones & boughs (#1091) and a few of Elizabeth Van de Burgt Studio Leafy Branch (#1033) and Flourishes & Branches (#1034) in Shimmer Sheetz/Fire Opal (#SS0218)
To finish it off…I added corners from Els Van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frames 1/Lace Rectangles (#1061) corners in black glossy card stock and Peel-Offs in Silver (#1016) around the box edges.
The Poinsettia (#1090) was die cut in Soft-finish card stock and colored with Copic Markers: green leaves–YG97, YG95, and YG93; red leaves–R29 and R46. A last touch, I add Prills in Ribbit to the center of the Poinsettia to create the bracts. I die cut the pine cones in 80lb brown card stock and the boughs in 80lb dark green, then added Diamond Dust for a snowy-look.
Elizabeth Craft Design Supplies:
Susan’s Garden Club
Els Van de Burgt Studio
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box #4500983, Antique Brass Claw Feet #4501027, “A Christmas Carol” paper collection
National Artcraft Company: Music Box component
Copic Markers: R29, R46, YG93, YG95, YG97
InchieArts, LLC.: 3-inch Art Square
Flora Craft: Twinklets/Diamond Dust