Moroccan Box

You can tell your friends that you picked up this box on your travels, you don't have to mention that you traveled to Home Depot.

3" diameter PVC pipe
aluminum tape
small knob
acetone (optional)
goop glue

craft dedicated toaster oven
strong scissors
sand paper/ rasps
rubber stamps
black StazOn rubber stamp ink pad
brown shoe polish
black permanent marker

Cut three 4" pieces of PVC pipe with a saw. Cut 2 of them in half vertically. Remove any lettering with acetone.

Place each half piece in a toaster oven (250 degrees), one at a time.  In just a few minutes the PVC will become soft and flexible. Take it out and flatten it. (use a book or other flat heavy object) Do this with each half piece.

Place the 4" PVC tube on top of one of the flattened pieces and trace around the outside with a pencil. Do this again with another flattened piece. Trace around the inside of the tube on the third piece. Draw a much smaller circle on the last piece.

Heat each piece again in the oven (one at a time). When soft, cut around the circle with some strong scissors. If the piece becomes hard while you are cutting, place it back in the oven to soften again. (PVC can be heated again and again)

Glue one of the larger circles to one end of the tube to form the bottom. I used a belt sander to remove excess material and smooth the edges after the glue dried. You can achieve the same result with rasps and/or sandpaper. Smooth the edges of the rest of the circles. Scuff up the surface of the tube, the large circle and the smallest circle with sandpaper.
With a StazOn ink pad, stamp geometric shapes all but the medium sized circle and the bottom circle.

When the ink is dry, rub on brown shoe polish and buff off. The polish will stay in the scuffed areas giving the look of old ivory.

Cut a length of aluminum tape the size of the circumference of the tube. Cut three 1/2" strips from that length. Place the edge of the large circle on the middle of one strip and carefully roll the strip around the circle. Fold the edges to the front and back of the circle and burnish the tape with an old credit card. Repeat for the smallest circle. Place the last strip of tape on the bottom of the tube to cover the edge of attached circle. Fold the excess to the bottom of the box. Burnish.

Using the permanent marker, blacken the tape. When the marker is dry, buff it off with a Scotch Brite pad for a pewter look.
Drill a hole in the center of each of the remaining three circles. Thread the bolt through the medium sized circle, then the largest and finally the smallest. Add the knob and screw down tightly. The medium sized circle (the size of the inside circumference of the pipe) will fit into the box and hold the top in place.

Now how do you say Home Depot in Moroccan?


NanaDiana said...

Seriously!!!! You are an amazingly talented woman!! WOW- Very impressive! Hugs- Diana

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Laura said...

Good night! Is there nothing you can't do?! Awesome! :)

Toqua's Crafts said...

You're amazing!

samsstuff said...

This looks amazing! You'd never guess that it was made with materials from a Home Depot!

Sybillinart said...

Wow very impressive! and creative! Bravo!

Judy said...

That's really amazing. I host a link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I hope you will stop by and join the party.

Ginger said...

Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Lydia said...

Wow that is amazing!!!

Erin said...

Ok, that is absolutely amazing!!! I cannot believe you made that from hardware supplies!!! :)

Christine @ said...

too cool! I love that you used hardware supplies.

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Wow, that looks amazing, can't believe it's PVC pipe! Great work!

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

I can't believe you made that!! Looks great.

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Gail! OMG, truly amazing! I love the whole project, but most esp. the silver tape rim, because that tape is one of my favorite crafting supplies. This is an incredible little piece of art!!!

Lee Caroline said...

This is absolutely fabulous, I will share in my new weekly post "Inspiration from the blogasphere". I will just post one image and link back to your site for people to learn more, This is pretty amazing!

Lee ☺

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