Monday, May 9, 2011



Recycled Frida Art Box

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed recycling just about anything. I especially like to recycle discarded pieces and turn them into works of art. When I found two cigar boxes recently, the shapes basically dictated their use to me.

The first box is about 1” deep, which is a rare find. I knew I wanted to use my Frida digital image to create a box in which to keep art pencils or pens.

Quilted interior of box

Can you guess what I used for the clasp on the lid?

I just knew this old opener would work it’s way into my art..Of course, if things get tough, you can always use it to open a beer!

For the inside, I used a discarded quilt jacket. It is so pizzazzy and goes well with the bright colors of the box.

Quilted interior and another image from my Frida Original Oil Collage

For the feet, I used 4 wooden pieces that I found at a flea market some time ago. I have several more and now I know they make a perfect flat base for a box.

Bright yellow wooden feet

Close-up of flowers that have applied with encaustic wax

My Frida Art Box is for sale for $42.00. It is 2" D x 8 1/2" W x 9" H. Art pencils are not included.

The second box I found really gave me inspiration. I love the chunky square shape. To me, it looked like a sewing accessory box.

I was going to add a clay bas-relief of Frida but decided to experiment with canvas. This experiment has given me all sorts of ideas of other ways to use the canvas. My method was to make a digital print of Frida on canvas paper. I then painted over the picture with oil paint. This gave the print a very soft, rich look. It almost reminds me of cross stitch fabric. I used the print on the recessed front along with small glass tiles.

Frida Sewing Box

I used a fabric I had leftover from another art project to the inside and added quilt batting to the top so that needles can be stored there.

Floral fabric inside of box

View of side of the box

My Frida Sewing Box is for sale for $38.00 and is 2 1/2 " H by 5 1/2 square.

If anyone is interested in either of these art boxes, please just e-mail me and we can go from there. I take all credit cards, paypal, or checks. Thanks so much.

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  1. Cheryl your Frida boxes are wonderful, I have a weakness for the boxes, because they can be used to save many fun things in, and it's fun to look inside them.

  2. Hello Cheryl! Both Frida boxes are beautiful. I always adore works that there formed from recycled materials. It takes a lot of creativity to turn unused things to a beautiful work of art. I was amazed by the can opener that turned as beautiful decorative piece. As always, another great work Cheryl!

  3. Ooohhh, I love them both! Could you hold the first one for me, please? Thanks!

  4. WOW...I love them BOTH!! But if I had to choose, I really adore the first one...perhaps it's the bottle opener..^_^ I really like how you recycle items....a kindred spirit. You always inspire me my friend.



    I love coming here and seeing your creations!
    Hope all is well with you...I've been laying low for some time now, but I'm always peeking in!

    ciao bella

    creative carmelina

  6. I love your Frida art boxes!!

    So glad I found you through the miz kate dot com Artist blog hop!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my mixed-media paintings on my blog!

    Mary C. Nasser

  7. I love them both but particularly the first one! Wonderful combinations of components.

  8. Creative AND very clever! I think you've coined a new word, Cheryl - 'pizzazzy' - LOVE it! Fabulous boxes, and that opener was just too good NOT to be used on one of your gorgeous pieces! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  9. Cheryl, you've done it again - two FABULOUS items - so special, both of them! I love recycling too although I've never created anything as pretty as these - fantastic inspiration x

  10. Two fabulous boxes loving the fronts and the interiors. Great recycling. Annette x

  11. Colorful and vivacious, just as Frida was herself! These are so lovely, Cheryl!

    Blogger deleted your lovely comment you left on my last posting. Apparently yesterday they were having loads of technical issues. In fact, I had to re post "Bleeding Hearts" as it was not there this morning! ~ Wishing you a blissful weekend, my friend! :))

  12. oooo la la GORGEOUS!!! You are full of gorgeous creations!

  13. These Frida boxes are so SWEET I would love to have a dozen of them. signed: Trish

  14. Wow those are Fridalicous! (sawwry, coudn't refuse that cheesy line, but you know what I mean, right?
    They are truly beautiful!

  15. Oh my! These are amazing! I keep going back to look!

  16. Lovely...I would love a source of cigar boxes but we don't have any around here :(

  17. Brilliant use of some 'stuff" you had laying around to create two very beautiful pieces! Frida, of course, is such a fabulous subject and you have captured her beautifully!


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