Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY AGATE EMBELLISHED MIRRORED BOX


We're headed home from London today, and only crying just a little.  ;)  Although it was wonderful, we're ready to be back with our kiddos!

During our recent trip to Poland, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine (SO amazing, I'm working on the photos to share with you!) and I purchased one little souvenir there, an agate slice.  Agates are extremely popular in design right now, and I was happy to find a pretty one as a memento.

Wanting to display the one I bought in a special way, I thought of all of the agate boxes that I've seen from retailers and other bloggers and decided it would be a perfect project for my pretty little souvenir.  I planned to find a small clear acrylic box to use, but came across a little mirrored box at TJ Maxx and decided to use it instead.  


The crystal strip was just an adhesive ribbon, so it peeled off easily.  I also liked the idea of the agate being slightly elevated, since with the mirrored top you can catch a glimpse in the reflection of the bottom side of the slice.  After browsing the hardware aisles, I decided to use a simple hex nut to do the job.

So, after gathering a few supplies, it was super easy to assemble.  Using my gold leaf Rub & Buff, I gilded the edge of the slice to accentuate it and add some glam.  Then, I sprayed the hex nut gold and followed the directions on the E-6000 glue to affix it to the middle of the lid, securing it with a strip of painter's tape while it dried.  After allowing that to set overnight, I glued the agate slice to the top of the nut, secured it with a another strip of tape, and let it dry for 24 hours.



The elevated agate almost gives the appearance of a knob,


and gives a pretty reflection on the top of the box.


I also found some clear boxes for a few dollars at Hobby Lobby, so you could use that instead of the mirrored box if you choose.  I think The Container Store would have even better ones, but we don't have one of those in town so I'm not sure.

  

Such a simple project, and a special memento from a wonderful trip.




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14 comments:

  1. So pretty! I'm obsessed with agate slices

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  2. So pretty and there's a lot of agate on clearance at target now, I may need to go back!

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  3. looks beautiful! and i LOOOOOVE blue agate! :)

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  4. This is genius, I love the idea of elevating it and wow, how gorgeous is this. Beautiful agate too.

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  5. I've loved following your trip on Instagram. Safe travels home.

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  6. I love agate slices too! I just made a box like this with a wooden box, but I love it paired with the mirror!

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  7. That's a stunning agate slice and I love what you did with it. From the IG pics, it looks like you had such a fun trip - can't wait to hear more about it!

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  8. What a great idea for displaying your pretty souvenir! I know you had a wonderful trip, but ahh, it will be great to be home!

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  9. It's beautiful Jennifer and I just have the perfect mirrored box to upgrade too! Safe trip dear!

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  10. This is gorgeous - so simple and big impact! Love it!

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  11. So pretty and I love that you can see the underside in the mirrored top. Happy accident that you came across that instead of the clear box you were originally thinking!

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