Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Craft Consortium MDF Collection Box

There's nothing quite like a challenge that takes you way, way, way out of your comfort zone...  isn't that how the saying goes?

Well for me, even the thought of decoupaging on MDF had me having several internal mini meltdowns.  The idea absolutely petrified me as I had no clue what to do or how to approach it - and absolutely everything I read or saw online didn't help either.

Now that's not to say that here aren't good tutorials out there...  but could I find them?

So I turned to a fellow DT member on this craft team and confessed my trepidations - knowing full well that she'd done several MDF projects already that I was aware of and perhaps many more.
She gave me the confidence to go for it, so before I show you my finished design I just want to say...



Now, there are some rules to decoupaging, such as 'take advantage of straight lines on your sheets of paper'. 
So what does a girl do when she needs more straight lines than are actually available?  She uses her trusty guillotine of course!

I didn't want this project to look too busy before I even got to the fun part of decorating it internally...  so my project has a whole mix of different designs of paper.

Let me show you...

I started out by assembling the whole of the MDF Collection Box, then painted the whole thing bright yellow.

Then I chose three papers I knew would work well together but still have enough contrast between them.

Notice how I've cut the butterflies out of decoupage covered cardboard?

I stippled white acrylic paint quite heavily over the internal sections where I knew I wanted the butterflies to go - as well as for the sides and top/bottom of each cubby hole section, so it's only the back panels that have decoupage paper in them.

I then quite literally took a thin paintbrush, dipped it into the white acrylic paint and then brushed around those inside edges - creating what I hope looks like a 'shabby chic' project in some way, shape or form.

The sides of the box had a slightly different treatment...  selective torn decoupage sheets, less white paint stippling and more of those decoupage covered cardboard butterflies, whereas the back had a whole piece of sheet added with torn out sections glued on top.

Don't forget that you'll need a sanding block of some kind to neaten off those edges!
And please feel free to get in touch if I haven't covered anything you want to know.

Once the 'bones' of the case are decorated you can finish it in any way you please - but first, you may want to consider a layer or two of varnish...  or some other finishing product.  
I used a few coats of clear spray varnish for this project - just to seal everything prior to decorating, then chose to combine a nature theme with a need to store away some of my many smaller craft pieces...  and I used plenty of hot glue to get those lavender branches to stay put!

...  And you know what?
I'm not afraid of MDF projects any more!  

Craft Consortium supplies used:


Decoupage Paper

Always & Forever
Santoro empty flock containers decorated with:
(On lids - remove Santoro stickers first).

Adhesive Pearls - 3mm   (In jar).  
Adhesive Rhinestone Gems - 4mm  (In container). 
Vintage Silver Heart Charms ('Amore' - front and back showing).
Adhesive Pearl Heart Chain (On container & back of cubby hole section). 
Vintage Sentiment Charms (Live, Laugh, Love).

Resin Flowers:

Diamante Buckles:

Pearl And Diamante:

Kori Kumi:
Flocking Powder Set (Empty containers).

Tell The Bees

Enjoy your day...

Donna. x


  1. OMW you have outdone yourself on this Fantastic Project Donna! hope you get to keep this beauty!.
    Amazing details you have included..such a lot of work! but it really does show.
    Hugs Pam x

  2. Absolutely amazing! Puts my little box to shame LOL. You did a fabulous job and gave tremendous details in your post. Great stuff!
    Mary x

    1. Thank you, Mary. I quite literally just stared at this box for about two weeks - trying to figure out what to do with the thing! Mind you, I can be like that just with a card design that's not playing nice! So, so glad I finally got this one under my belt because I genuinely think it's a hard piece to work with if you've never done decoupage before.
      Hugs to you, too. x