An apothecary was an old term for medical professional who dispensed medicine out of these wooden boxes. I love the meaning and energy in these boxes and there are lots of interesting variations in design, but you can find any box at a thrift store that resonates well with you. I began by ripping out the interior and cleaning the box with a damp cloth and some soap. If you’re a new ager like myself, you might be interested in setting a new intention for the box or cleansing the box of prior energy in a different way.
To decorate the box I had to choose:
- – A design to burn into the top of the box. I chose a labyrinth design because I love labyrinths. The purpose is to trace the maze course with your finger leaving your current worries behind you, spend some time setting an intention in the center and then trace your way out again with a new perspective!
- – Scrapbook paper and stickers to decorate the inside of the top. I chose a combination of two scrap book papers. One is part of a Halloween collection, which looks majestic and has a frame designed into it I can write something like “This box belongs to: _________________” or an inspirational quote. The other scrap piece is a metallic banner from a page that reads “carpe diem” which means “seize the day” in Latin.
- – A thicker/non-opaque velvet fabric to line the bottom of the box. I got this purple velvet from a thrift store for 1.50 in the bath and bedding section.
I cut 4 thin cardboard (from cereal boxes) strips to match the inside walls of the box and cut pieces of the velvet the same shape but a little bigger (with an extra 1/2″ border on the top and bottom, ¼” on the short sides). I stapled the edge of the fabric face up to one edge of the cardboard leaving most of the cardboard exposed on that side (will be glued to the inside of the box). The stapled edge is where I applied No-Sew glue and attached the piece to the box wall. The staples should be unseen pressed against the wooden wall and your fabric should hang loosely down the wall and onto the bottom of the box. Repeat with the other 3 walls.
To create the velvet bottom of the box I cut a thick cardboard (from a shipping box) piece to be a ¼” smaller perimeter than the real bottom of the box. I cut a square piece of velvet with an extra inch perimeter than the bottom of the box and loosely wrapped the cardboard piece with it. I pushed it down into the box, pulling the velvet walls tighter.
I cut my scrapbook paper to the size of the top of the box and glued it into place using decoupage glue and a wide paint brush, but regular glue or a glue stick will do.
I used a thin Sharpie and a ruler to draw the labyrinth onto the top of the box. Then I went over it with the wood burning tool. On really light wood the wood burner burns the design black and turns out great! Unfortunately my box was dark and stained so the execution of the design did not look good alone so I painted inside the lines with this bright light blue and I’m very happy with the results!
The last step I took was to clean it up with a cloth and some Pledge!