Another quick post to share a piece of Valentine craft with you. This year I decided to make my lovely wife a gift instead of buy­ing pre-made things. Rather than my lack of money being a lim­it­ing factor, my lack of tal­ent would be instead!

box1I star­ted with a cheap wooden box from The Works. You get what you pay for here: and I paid very little. Romantic, eh? I had to exam­ine quite a lot of boxes until I found one that worked prop­erly and looked pretty. And now I can’t find a way to reph­rase that sen­tence so that it doesn’t read like innu­endo.

Moving swiftly on, it was time for some sand­ing, mask­ing, paint­ing andbox2 dis­tress­ing. Then for the tricky bit, I wanted to do a sort of scrollwork‑y heart on the top. This is where some level of skill, prac­tice or know­ledge would have been nice. But, trusty multi-tool in hand I gave it a try.

box3It looked rather as if a team of wood­worm had gone to town on it. But romantic­ally inclined wood­worm, so I call that a win.

My wife seemed to like it, but then I did fill it with chocol­ates – always a good idea to have a back-up plan.

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