Hi! I'm sharing a specimen drawer that I created for Canvas Corp today. The scientist in me loves entomology and I'm always up for a trip to the zoo or museum to view insects either alive or beautifully preserved in a display case. The first insect to catch my eye on the fabric panel was the moth. It immediately reminded me of this beauty from one of my favorite films, The Silence of the Lambs.
I didn't have a Death's Head Hawk Moth for my project, so I painted fabric insects with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to fill my drawer, which was a bit more fun as I was able to use Canvas Corp Brands products! I can display this piece flat or hang it on the wall. This project comes together in a few simple steps.
1. Canvas Corp The Watering Can Fabric Panel
2. Canvas Corp The Watering Can Printed Tags
3. Tattered Angels Icicle Glimmer Glaze
4. Tattered Angels Iron Chalkboard Mist
5. Tattered Angels Patina Glimmer Mist
6. Tattered Angels Marmalade Glimmer Mist
7. Tattered Angels Bahama Blue Glimmer Mist
8. Tattered Angels Lemon Zest Glimmer Mist
9. Tattered Angels Rum Punch Glimmer Mist
10. 7 Gypsies Trousseau Tag Envelopes
11. 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelopes
12. 7 Gypsies Clear Apothecary Bottles
13. (3) 3x5 Unfinished Wood Trays
14. Metal Pull
2. Hot Glue Gun
Step One: Build a drawer with 3 3x5-inch unfinished wood trays. (I found the trays in the unfinished wood aisle of a local craft store. I would have loved to use a 7 Gypsies Tray, but I didn't have one on hand.) Attach the wood trays together with hot glue to form a drawer. Stain the drawer with Tattered Angels Iron Chalkboard Mist. Let Dry. Note: I sprayed a generous amount of mist onto the wood and then spread the color with a paintbrush.
Step Two: Paint the bees, beetles and butterflies on The Watering Can Fabric Panel with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze. Once Dry, carefully cut the insects from the fabric panel. Note: Prep the portion of fabric to be painted with water. Seal the painted fabric with a coat of glaze to help keep the fabric from fraying during cutting.
Step Three: Cut a 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelope down to size and fit it inside the top section of the drawer. Mount the fabric bee on the left side of the section. Fill one large and one small 7 Gypsies Apothecary Bottles with items and glue to the right side of the top section of the drawer. Note: I used printed envelopes because they were a small size and cutting them created less waste than a 12x12 piece of patterned paper.
Step Four: Cut a 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelope down to size and fit it inside the middle section of the drawer. Fill a large 7 Gypsies Apothecary Bottle and glue to the right side of the middle section of the drawer. Mount the painted fabric beetles in the middle section of the drawer. Cut labels for each beetle from a 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelope and glue next to each beetle.
Step Five: Cut a 7 Gypsies Trousseau Tag Envelope down to size and fit it inside the bottom section of the drawer. Cut the red rose from a 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelope and glue it to the left side of the bottom section of the drawer. Mount the butterfly on top of the flower. Paint a bee from a Watering Can Printed Tag with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze, let dry and cut out. Mount the bee in the right side of the bottom section of the drawer.
Step Six: Screw a metal pull onto the front of the drawer. Insert a specimen label cut from a 7 Gypsies Charming Tag Envelope into the front slot. Note: I picked up a 4-pack of metal pulls from the unfinished wood aisle of a local craft store.
Thanks for stopping by today! You can view and/or purchase The Watering Can Collection directly from the Canvas Corp Brands Store!