Lisa's Bloggers Challenge theme for the week is "Alter It." When I saw the beautiful altered items already posted, I was especially inspired by Darlene's "treasure box." I don't care to take on a project that large, but I love Graphic 45 papers, and I just happened to have one sheet of Graphic 45's "Poppy Fields" from the Magic of Oz Collection. Beautiful orange poppies on one side and a complementary dotted black side on the other.
The little papier mache chest is only 3 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. Because I wanted the top of the chest to contrast with the body, I chose the dotted paper and then cut out some of the poppies from the other side, shaped them a little and attached with thick foam dots. I used PVA as the adhesive and finishing coat for the entire project. (Hindsight and all----I should have cut paper for the top larger and mitered the corners to cover the underside of that rim.)