Decoupaged tool kit for the geek in your life (or your own DIY drawer)
I'm sure everyone is like me: frantically busy, just a little broke, and therefore looking to give handmade prezzies (that don't look HOME made - there is a difference). So I thought a quick and easy project might be just the job! Perfect for anyone, and unusual too! It's a TOOL KIT!

This was inexpensive, but doesn't look too cheap (although the plastic case was a dead giveaway, hence the decoration)
This is just a cheap basic tool kit you'll find in most hardware stores, a good size for changing plugs and other small electrical stuff (women need to be able to do this too, lol) also poking holes in signatures for books, levering out staples, prising drawing pins out of walls etc.

Front and back prepared in exactly the same way - just change the positioning of the decorations


As it's plastic, it's rather slick and not good for gluing, so sand a little first, just enough to roughen the surface (use an emery board if you don't have sandpaper).

  • Couldn't be simpler: leftovers of scrapbooking paper for the front and the back, cut to size. 
  • Collage the ticket on first, then overstamped some text (using Staz-On ink).
  • The dots were Punchinella (sequin waste) used as a stencil, stippled with acrylic paint. Move the stencil and stipple again, creating a drop shadow using a metallic paint. 
  • Finally, decoupage a vintage scrap image of a clown's head.
 I used PVA (white glue) throughout. Mod Podge is also good.

Next step: glue to the tool kit using a good quality strong glue such as Crafter's, Gorilla, Aleene's Tacky Glue or use double-sided tape. You don't want this peeling off at a later date.

Finishing touches: I ran a metallic gold pen round the edges, then applied a single coat of clear acrylic varnish for protection.


Very fast - took around 2 hours including coffee and biscuits, and drying time!


  1. Gabriela Delworth9 December 2011 at 17:57

    Hello Susie,

    That's right! Love this super cool tool box!


  2. Queen Of Dreamsz Art and Collections9 December 2011 at 20:38

    Hi Susie,

    Now that is one cool tool set. The imagination can turn anything that's plain into a work of art.
    Superb job you've done. I love it. ♥

    My first time at PS in a long while. I finally have my Etsy Shoppe open, on Facebook, in the beginning stages of Pinterest....and I'm supposed to blog too! {giggles}

    Love and Hugs,
    Steph ♥

  3. Jil~Say It With Roses9 December 2011 at 20:49

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing the how-to!
    ♥ Jil

  4. The tool box is spot on for an unusual handcrafted gift. Thanks for sharing the idea and your expertise.
    Love Jo x

  5. Clever idea! & what fun.
    Merry Christmas ~
    TTFN ~


  6. You took something very simple and turned it into a work of art. Nicely done.

  7. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest10 December 2011 at 00:34

    this is brilliant Susie! I have a roses painted screwdriver/hammer. Husband won't touch it! LOL Happy Pink Saturday

  8. Very beautiful!

    Hearty Pink, come and see when you get a chance.

  9. This is a nifty idea, Susie!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. great gift idea, Susie - thank you!

  11. Fun With This and That10 December 2011 at 21:21

    The case is pretty. And the tools are handy. Happy PS

  12. Nifty, fun and creative! Thanks for the idea!
    Merry Christmas

  13. mypinkprettiesaboutme12 December 2011 at 02:21

    Hi Susie, Thx for stopping by my post. I love your tool kit. I think alot of people would be happy to get one.

    Thx for sharing



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