Friday, 5 May 2017

WIP - Floral Handpainted Trinket Box

Hand painted trinket box + inspiration: original meadow painting and hanging decoration by Teodora Totorean

In today's post, I will show you how I painted my latest trinket box. I have chosen my usual floral meadow pattern that I use in some of my paintings and in my hanging decorations as seen in the above photo collage. Here are step by step photos, from the plain box to the finished product. Enjoy!

I started with a plain wooden box. I surrounded myself with a few heart hanging decorations hand painted by me for inspiration as I was going to use the same floral pattern. 

I took the hinges out with a screwdriver then I painted the box. I don't normally prime the box prior to painting it, but if you want to, you can use gesso. I used two layers of acrylic paint and I chose mint, turquoise and teal shades.

I started painting some dandelions, one of my constant features in my floral paintings. 

I added leaves and some abstract yellow and turquoise flowers and I added more details and shadings to my dandelions. 

Here, I added more flowers and I decided to go for a teal, green and yellow colour combination. I love it when it starts looking like one of my paintings.

More details started to emerge, including some yellow dandelions and musical notes. Then I left the box to dry before varnishing for protection. 

Final touches: painting the edges, signing and varnishing. 

Putting the hinges back - photos taken by my husband. 

Taking photos of the hand painted floral trinket box, trying various settings and poses. All my trinket boxes are available here

Handpainted trinket box by Teodora Totorean

© Teodora Totorean


  1. Pretty! I love your bright, cheerful colors!

  2. The box is beautiful and you make it look easy :)

  3. That is so pretty, they way you break down the steps makes it seem really do-able. I have a box that my xacto knife came in, I fancy giving it a makeover when I have a minute. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing at #Handmade Monday

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I love taking part in #Handmade Monday, I am so inspired by the projects, I want to do them all :).

    2. Hi, just to let you know you are one of our features at Handmade Monday this week- congrats.

    3. Me again, I just wanted to let you know I've had a go at my own version of this, it was SO much fun and I'm thrilled how it came out. I've linked back here so anyone interested can see where the inspiration came from. Thank you so much,

    4. Lovely to hear it, I am so happy that you were inspired to make one, and it is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing and letting me know :).

  4. Sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Very pretty box. Love the pattern.

  6. That is so pretty. What a great tutorial.