Saturday, December 18, 2010

Recycled Fantasy Film Trinket Box by Emily M. Miller

This fun little box grew out of a necessity for a vessel to hold some candy and these cute little fairy finger puppets I found. I’m giving them to my co-workers for Christmas. Turned out great if I do say so myself!

If you don’t have scraps of Fantasy Film, you can use fresh film. Just iron at least 3 pieces together to cut into two 1.5” x 8.5” strips.


Art Glitter Fantasy Film scraps
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive with Ultrafine Metal Tip Attached
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque Glitter #65 Old Gold
Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent Glitter #85 Crystal
Iron set at High
Bakers Parchment Paper
1/8” Hole Punch
Ruler, Cutting Board, Xacto Blade
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
Wired Cord or Ribbon
Small Paint Brush and tray for glue
Finger Puppets, candy or what ever you use to fill your box
Jingle bells

First I put dots of glue around the fairy’s dresses and covered with Old Gold glitter. After that dries paint on a coat of Designer Dries Clear to back side of wings. Let dry. Paint another coating on and sprinkle with Crystal glitter while glue is very wet, white and shiny. Let dry completely and brush off excess glitter.

I cut four 11” strips of my silver cord for each box. Soon I discovered that it frayed on the ends. So I dipped each end into some Designer Dries Clear adhesive immediately after cutting them before they had a chance to fray and set aside on some wax paper to dry.

Start to layer scraps of film onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Try to get a nice variety of colors and fill in blank spaces as best as you can.

Cover with baker’s parchment paper and iron for a few seconds.

Lift up film sheet to see holes. Sorry this is blurry, had to take it with the flash off to see the holes.

You can go back now and put more film down where needed. I didn’t worry about getting every hole covered, just most of them. You probably have a pretty thick sheet now. Make sure all pieces are ironed very well. You will want to flip it over and iron both sides. It will be warm, almost hot. If it starts to bend, iron again and let it cool flat.

Using cutting mat, ruler and xacto blade slice 1.5 x 8.5 strips. You should be able to get 7 strips with a little left over that can be used on your next sheet.

Take two strips and make an “X” with them. Since this film has been ironed a lot, the overlap won’t create a very good bond so squeeze a good drop of hot glue between them. Make sure your X is centered well, then cover with parchment paper and iron square in middle, on both sides. If a little bit of hot glue squeezes out, let dry and roll off excess.

Bend up the four edges at the square base. At each end bend a 1” section away and cut corners off to make a triangle point.

Punch one hole at each corner of box side, and another hole at center of triangle. Repeat with 3 other sides. The placing of these holes does not have to be exact.

Weave cord through the two bottom holes on 2 box sides that are next to each other, tying them together. At top holes tie excess cord into a bow. Repeat on opposite corner. Tie other two sides in same manner, excluding making the bow. Instead feed excess cord up through hole in the triangle of the same box side.

Slide a jingle bell down cord sticking through top of triangle and tie a knot to keep in place. Then wrap excess wire around base of jingle bell. Finish with other 3 sides and fill it up!

Easy to execute, but hard to explain. I hope with the help of the photos it makes sense! I can’t wait to give them away, but shhhhh, my co-workers won’t get them for a few more days!


  1. Awww these are adorable and your co-workers are going to love them. Great How to also..thank you for sharing with us.


  2. sparkly and fun. Delightful gift for any age.

  3. Debrey, my glitter gal co-worker just came up with a great title for these fairys, they are Alien Fairy Super Hero's!!!