Creations, French Pastry Box

This is a quick fun project using Mod Podge, which is basically just Elmer’s glue


I have some little crates that are antique “wannabes” and I have been debating on what to do with them~

I printed out a French label from the Graphics Fairy.  I really wanted to do a transfer method, but didn’t have any transfer paper and no clue  knew it wouldn’t work on this rough surface.


After trimming it down I realized that I had no idea what I was doing  wasn’t going to work so I trimmed some more


Me, of little patience, snip snip cut out as much as I could and placed the pieces on the crate.  Mod Podge is so easy to use, just brush it over the paper cut outs, in smooth even strokes, making sure the pieces are well coated. Let the surface dry completely.


You are basically gluing the cutouts down.   I didn’t love the white of the paper against the darker tone of the wood so I mixed some paint and tried to match the color of the box.  I use a piece of recycled tin foil for a palette, it’s a great way to mix paint and toss it away but it is hard to see colors in the photos.


Your eye can fool you~you think the box is white until you look very closely, and then you will notice other colors and tones of the white.  I saw yellow, green, brown, gray and mixed it with white until I found the desired color and carefully brushed on the white paper


These photo shows the contrast between the bottom pieces which I’ve painted and the top line which is still white


Up close it looks like I added too much color but from a distance it goes away.  I didn’t color the cake plate because I wanted it to be white.


In no time at all I had a fancy little pastry box~






I think I’m going to have lots of fun playing with this little crate!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I wish I could offer you a sweet treat!


I will be sharing with these great parties and blogs:

The Dedicated House

Centerpiece Wednesday

Common Ground

DIY Vintage Chic

It All Started with Paint

Get your DIY on, Trash to Treasure

It’s Overflowing

Uncommon Designs

Between Naps on the Porch

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Work it Wednesday

Katherines Corner

24 Responses to “Creations, French Pastry Box”
  1. Your pastry box really turned out cute:@)

  2. Emily says:

    Jenna I love your very French little pastry box. What a great job you did finding just the right color and I do see the difference in the top and bottom lines. What a great project and results! Love all your vignettes. It sure makes a lovely presentation for your yummy treats!
    Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Hope this awful weather is out of here soon……….

  3. Sooooo adorable.. any sweet object of desire will look just scrumptious in that cute box.. thanks for sharing

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I am pinning this! if I saw this in a store I would snap it up before someone else did. How clever of you. I want several for entertaining. The paint job was the perfect touch. I probably wouldn’t have been that picky, but it sure did make a difference!! Love, love, love it!

  5. I love this…I am going to make one! Thanks for sharing it on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Betsy says:

    Love the way this turned out, such a fun box. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love it! Won’t you come and share on Fridays Unfolded?


  8. Oooooohhhhh….I am so excited about this!!! I have a few crates that I bought and want to “antique” a little bit. This is a great solution!!! I’ve never used that Modge Podge stuff, so I hope it turns out OK. THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!!!! I’m really happy! This will be a project for when it’s a bit warmer out so I can spread out on the deck and just have at it!

    Have fun with your new toy!!!

    • Thanks Alycia, Mod Podge is so easy to use, just get some foam brushes and toss them away once you’re done. It’s pretty much instant gratification, which is my favorite kind 🙂

  9. laurie says:

    Jenna, I love your pastry box. Mod Podge is so much easier than trying to transfer it, and I think you did a great job of aging the white paper. I’m going to keep this idea in mind for the future. Thanks for the inspiration. laurie

  10. I love this, well I love all things French. Good job.


  11. Mary says:

    This is so clever Jenna, love your pastry box! Your skill with the paint brush and blending & matching the paint make it!

  12. I love this creative project. Such a wonderful vintage feel too. Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

  13. Shannon Hawk says:

    I just love this! It’s so pretty! I have some older crates in my garage and now I know what I am doing with one of them:) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  14. leelee says:

    This turned out really great! I love how the paint added to the texture of the box. Also, Hellow from All things thursday!

  15. Kim says:

    That is adorable! You inspire me, my painting friend. 🙂

  16. It’s such a pretty box now! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in tomorrow to check out your feature! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. laurie says:

    Jenna, you are just so clever. I love it! laurie

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