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Upcycled Tea Box for Mom with Video Tutorial

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Make a unique and elegant tea box out of an old leather-bound book and an antique latch knob. Give to your Mom for a Mother's Day tea party. Cristin Frank of Eve of Reduction demonstrates how with the help of a video tutorial.


Upcycled Tea Box 


Materials:

  • Canvas or Leather bound book
  • Knob
  • X‐Acto Knife
  • Drill
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Bolts to attach Knob
  • Nuts or Krazy Glue to Secure Bolts

Instructions:

  1. Glue page ends. Mix Elmer’s glue with a small amount of water and apply generously to the page
    edges with the book closed. Use a rubber spatula to apply.

    Glue Page Ends
     
  2. Attach your knob. I bought my antique knob at carpentry salvage store. Mark the holes using your hardware as the template. Drilling tip: put a scrap piece of wood underneath so that you get a clean hole all the way through your book cover.

    Attach Knob  Attach Knob 2
     
  3. Secure your bolts. I’m using tiny bolts that I Krazy glued in place, that way I didn’t need to cut a recess
    into the book pages for the nuts to rest. I also took a blank page from the book and Elmer’s glued it over the ugly bolt ends on the inside cover.

    Secure Bolts
     
  4. Measure and cut. Use a wrapped tea bag as a template for the holes you’re going to cut into the book pages. You want to leave a little extra space around the tea bag so they fit comfortably. Be prepared to go through a blade or two!

    Measure and Cut 1

    Measure and Cut 2

    Measure and Cut 3

    Happy Mother’s Day from The Eve of Reduction!
     

Video Tutorial

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