Bird Divided Tool Caddy Box Complete Project


This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and continues with part 2 from step 31. This will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy.

The workshop has now been set up as a complete workshop should you wish to print it off.


Here are the moveable section panels which are ideal for adding in and taking out as and when you need to.


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions MDF Tool Caddy : CEMDFTOOLCAD

Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers ~ Oakwood : CCDECP084

& Birds & Butterflies : CCDECP142

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section 

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions Tags & Frames ~ Zoe Die Set : CED4310

Phill Martin Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Ink Pad : DPTATTROSE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches White Pearl Corners ~ Design 2 : SASCW2


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and part 2 will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy. For the project you will need the following key products. The Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy , the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies adhered using the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze. The tag has been created using the Creative Expressions tags & frames ~ Zoe die set.


Step 2. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well and here I have got an empty embossing powder pot ready ~ so never throw them away as they are so useful for glue pots or mixing embossing powders and micas in.

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Step 3. Pour some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 4. Select the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies. The oakwood paper will give a nice back drop to showcase the birds and butterflies paper on the rest of the tool caddy. It will also mean you can get the whole caddy decorated in one pack of the birds and butterflies and use 1 sheet of the oakwood decoupage papers.

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Step 5. Tear the oakwood decoupage so it is just a bit bigger than the central tool caddy MDF piece as this will make it easier to handle when gluing down. Make your mind up which direction you wish the wood effect to fall, I prefer the upward position.


Step 6. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over both the main central panel of the tool caddy making sure you go right up to the edge of the MDF. Use the glue sparingly as over loading will make the thin decoupage paper crinkle up more.


Step 7. Place the oakwood decoupage paper down onto the glued MDF panel.


Step 8. Sweep the oakwood decoupage paper down smoothly as you go. If there is a ruffle then lift the paper and ease it back down so it eliminates the air bubbles or issues in the paper.

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Step 9. Cut a slit in the decoupage paper which falls in the handle part of the tool caddy. Now the paper can be moulded in place over the edges of the handle ready to be sanded.

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Step 10. Take the sanding block and hold it at a 45 degree angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish. You will need to work around the notches and a great tip for the small areas is to use a emery board nail file (not a metal one) or a loose piece of sandpaper folded in half.

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Step 11. You will be left with a lovely smooth covered MDF panel. Repeat the process and cover the reverse of the piece.

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Step 12. Put together the pieces of the tool caddy MDF set together omitting the central just covered piece. You will see when doing this there is a correct way the pieces should go with the long rectangle pieces.

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Step 13. For ease of covering the caddy and so that the full decoupage sheets are placed on the outside, place a mark on each of the outside panels, a`*` works well.

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Step 14. Take all the pieces apart and lay all the `*` marked sides upright on the craft table.

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Step 15. Lay 2 sheets of the birds and butterflies decoupage sheets over the larger side panels so that one sheet is on top of the other. Cut the sheet so that there is just a small excess of the decoupage paper all around the edge of the MDF panels.

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Step 16. Repeat the process of covering the panel using the glue/glaze and the sanding technique as you have done on the central MDF panel.

REMEMBER if you want a completely covered side piece only sand down the inner slot and retain the outer decoupage paper to cover the slots up nicely when the caddy is all put together later on.

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Step 17. Lay the top area of the birds and butterflies decoupage paper which was left over and place it over the rectangle front & back `*` panel of MDF and cover using the glue/glaze technique.

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Step 18. Use the large off cuts to cover the inner top of the base MDF panel as you can run a line of the glue/glaze over the edge of the decoupage papers and then stick the other piece of paper over the glued area. As it`s the inside of the tool caddy it doesn`t matter so much as you will find it hard to know it`s got a join if you keep the birds all in the same line.

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Step 19. Poke the paper through on all the slots of the domed panel and use the paper nail file if you are not retaining one side covered in the decoupage paper.

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Step 20. This will burnish the edges of the paper onto the glue and seals the edges down smoothly.

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Step 21. Complete all of the slots on both panels.

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Step 22. Once the 2 fronts are done now cover the reverse of the panels.

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Step 23. As there is no pieces of the paper left which will cover the inside of the domed MDF piece then take a strip of the paper and glue in down the edge of the piece and lay some glue over the top of the paper on the left hand side of the paper. Then use the other larger piece of paper to cover the area.

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Step 24. Continue to work through the MDF pieces and cover the panels as needed. I haven`t covered the underneath of the tool caddy as it won`t be seen and it will save on the decoupage papers !!!

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Step 25. Lay the end panel down on the work surface and place the base panel on before adding the 2 shorter panels. You can use glue but I like to add the pieces in place first.

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Step 26. Now place the centre oakwood piece in the slots.

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Step 27. Before adding the other side panel to complete the basic shape of the caddy.

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Step 28. As mentioned before you can leave one side with the paper covering the slots as this would be the look if not. I like this feel as it matches the oakwood paper.

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Step 29. If you don`t then place a small amount to the glue/ glaze and add a piece of the decoupage paper over the slot.

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Step 30. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or as here the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to run a line along the front edge of the tool caddy as they will strengthen the piece together. Part 2 of the workshop will show you how to make covered sections for the caddy so it`s makes different additional sections in the box as this will customise it to your own needs.

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Step 31. This is the effect the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue will have once dried. Providing that it is laid in a nice line it will create a lovely glossy feel to the end finish of the piece.

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Step 32. To make the dividing sections for the tool caddy take a piece of thick backing board which will often be present in card packs or parcels sent, if not just use a very thick card. Use a pencil to mark exactly where the board needs to be cut up against the front of the tool caddy.

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Step 33. This marking is very important and it`s better to be to wide & then you can trim a thin piece off than not thick enough. Having it to thin will mean the card is not able to stand freely / movable in the tool candy.

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Step 34. Here is a photo of the covered tool caddy ready to have the sections created to fit inside.

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Step 35. Cut 4 of the card pieces. When I did mine, they finished up at 8.3cms x 9.7cms for the main shape and then a tab of 2cms at the bottom . So the finished card size cut is 8.3cms x 11.7cms.

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Step 36. Draw a pencil line across the bottom of the card at the 2cms up from the bottom of the card. Now use a pokey tool to scratch across that pencil line.

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Step 37. This will break down the thickness of the card making it easy to fold.

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Step 38. Repeat this on all 4 pieces of the card. Two pieces will be used together to make a mini section piece.

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Step 39. Double check the card sits snugly in the tool caddy. Trim away any excess if it`s too tight but leave alone if not.

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Step 40. Use some Cosmic Shimmer glue to stick two of the pieces back to back to create an even thicker card panel.

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Step 41. Now use some of the glaze, glue and seal and add a coat of this over the front and back of the main section of the panel only.

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Step 42. Wrap a piece of the oakwood decoupage paper around the card making sure you leave the folded base with no paper on it. Trim a tab once the paper is on the front and back of the card. Now stick the tab down. This will give a lovely finish down the edge of the panel rather than a cut edge.

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Step 43. Smooth the paper out over the card and then cut the inner section of paper away from the top of the card so that just one layer of the paper is left (an envelope effect). Trim the edge off the tab before gluing the paper down onto the oakwood card.

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Step 44. Add some of the glue, glaze and seal onto the feet of the panel and then add some of the birds and butterflies paper onto the glue. Either fold the edges over the feet or sand the edge of the paper away using the sand block technique.

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Step 45. Now you have a lovely divider ready to match in with the tool caddy colours. Using the birds on the base means they won`t stand out in the tool caddy and they don`t need to be fixed down so it makes the tool caddy more versatile.

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Step 46. Add the section dividers into the tool caddy where ever you want them to go. This photo shows how well the feet of the dividers hide in the box.

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Step 47. To co-ordinate the project together and as I ran out of decoupage paper then just use the off cuts to add onto a piece of thin white card. Now snip out some birds, leaves and the flowers and curve the pieces for added dimension.

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Step 48. Cut a tag out by using the 2 largest dies from the Sue Wilson Zoe frames and tag die. Also cut just the oval from the Zoe frames and tag die. Remove any excess sticky from the low tack tape using a putty or plain white rubber. Place the oval die back over the card & use the new small smoothies to pick up some of the tattered rose distress ink and then ink around just the edge of the die leaving the centre clear. This will achieve a lovely soft feel to the oval inner tag shape. Set aside for later.

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Step 49. Take some of the Creative Expressions chic moss gilding wax and add some onto your finger (or a sponge dauber or a cut off finger from a latex glove over your finger).

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Step 50. Rub the gilding wax over the edges of the tool caddy as this will give a wonderful shine and finish to the end result.

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Step 51. You may which to tone the side dark wood notches on the side of the tool caddy with the gilding wax. It`s all up to you on how you which to personalize your tool caddy.



Step 52. Use some foam tape to add the inner coloured oval onto the larger tag. Now arrange the birds and flowers around the bottom edges of the oval to allow the colours to shine through. Take a piece of the Creative Expressions finishing touches blush ribbon and loop a piece of the fine ribbon through the top of the tag.



Step 53. Tie a bow around the handle of the tool caddy to fix the tag to the caddy.

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Step 54. Lay the tool caddy down and then add a blob of 3d silicone glue over the knot of the thin ribbon and then add a thick blush satin bow to the handle. Use a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to attach a centre flower from a Creative Expressions pearl corner embellishment over the knot of the bow.

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Step 55. Continue to add the Creative Expressions pearl corner embellishments to the handle cutting some of the sprigs off as the pearl go up the handle.


Step 56. Move the sections to wherever you want them to go. In this case I wanted the caddy to be placed on an informal lunch table so the sections held the knives, forks and spoons as well as the wider section for the napkins.

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Step 57. Here is the finished project. I hope this has given you some ideas. I`m thinking I now need one for the kitchen and one for my craft room ~ there are so many decoupage papers in the Craft Consortium range you will have fun making up your own design.The tag just lifts the birds from the decorative papers and brings the whole design together.

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Step 58. The large sauces and salt grinder fitted perfectly in the back of the tool caddy.

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