Country Cottage Flowerbox

By  Sandy Laipply 

size: 3-1/2"x4"x8"


  • Wooden box, 8”x3-1/2”x4-1/2” (Dufeck Wood)
  • Makin’s Clay: White (Sino Harvest)


  • FolkArt Acrylic Paints*: Yellow Ochre; Aqua; Hauser Light Green; Vintage White; Titanium White
  • Paintbrushes: Basecoater, Series 242, 1”; Bristle Rake Fan, Series 246, #4; Shader, Series 8300, #4; Round, Series 8000, #2 (Loew-Cornell)
  • Sanding Block (Loew-Cornell)
  • FolkArt Crackle Medium*
  • FolkArt Sanding Sealer*
  • Matte Spray Varnish*
  • Rubber Stamps: Shasta Daisy; Black Eyed Susan (EK Success)
  • Acrylic brayer or clay roller
  • Powder or cornstarch
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Brown paper bag
  • Plastic zipper-lock bag
  • Tack cloth
  • *Products by Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1. Apply sealer. Let dry. Sand box and wipe dust. Apply sealer again. Lightly sand again with brown paper bag and wipe dust. Use large brush to basecoat box and handle Yellow Ochre.
  • 2. Use same brush to apply heavy coat of crackle medium to outer box. Let dry approximately 20 minutes or until tacky, then immediately paint box Aqua, trying not to go over each stroke more than once. Paint Aqua stripe on handle.
  • 3. Repeat step 2 on inside of box.
  • 4. Roll out a walnut-sized piece of clay to 3"-long oval, keeping edges uneven. Use brush to apply powder to stamp; stamp center of oval. Remove stamp. Repeat to make a total of ten stamped ovals, using one stamp for four elements and remaining stamp for six. Set ovals aside to dry, turning them over occasionally so they dry flat.
  • 5. Use rake fan brush and thinned Vintage White paint to apply streaks to box.
  • 6. Paint elements a thin wash of Yellow Ochre. Let dry. Use small round brush to paint daisy petals Titanium White, stems Hauser Green Medium, and centers Yellow Ochre.
  • 7. Glue ovals to box sides as shown.
  • 8. Apply several coats of varnish, letting dry between coats.