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Cocktails & Crafting: Catchall

I’ll be the first to admit, I get Martha Stewart impulses during the holidays. (Give me a glue gun and some glitter, and it’s on!) Inspired by the many ways our subscribers have repurposed their Birchboxes, I came up with three simple (read: stress-free) upcycling ideas of my own. And for me, no crafting session would be complete without a seasonally appropriate drink. I tapped cocktail aficionado Emma Emerson, the founder of Gastronomista, for three of her holiday favorites.

Three crafts, three seasonally appropriate tipples, three days of the most fun you’ve ever had (right?). You’ve already learned how to make the photo box. Now it’s time to take on the catchall.

Birchbox Upcycle #2: Catchall

I’ve already established that I’m a saver of mementos, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have a lot of stuff. (Not conducive to a tiny Brooklyn apartment, let me tell you.) This catchall will add an element of organization to my, um, cozy space. The storage and display possibilities are endless!

Here’s what you’re going to need:

• 1 Birchbox box bottom
• 1–2 Paintbrushes
• Paint color of your choice
• Decoupage finish
• Gold trim

Note: We like this one from Martha Stewart’s line at Michaels—the queen of DIY never disappoints.

Step 1

Start by painting the entire box bottom gray. Paint two to three layers to ensure color is completely opaque.

gray paint

Step 2

After the color dries, paint a layer of decoupage finish to the first side of the box to which you’ll be adding the trim. Take your trim (I love the contrast of this gold on gray) and paint a layer of decoupage finish to the back of it.

Step 3

Then, adhere the trim about ¼ inch from the bottom of the box. Be sure to put it on as straight as possible and exactly where you would like it to go, as it will be difficult to move once you place it.

placing edging

Step 4

Wait for the decoupage to dry, and then repeat on each side of the box. Finish with a couple of layers of decoupage all over the box to secure the trim and add a nice sheen to the finished product.

Spirit #2: Sage Martini

And let’s not forget the holiday cheer: This twist on a cocktail classic is the perfect complement to an afternoon of crafting (not to mention your next festive fete).

3 oz. Art in the Age Sage
1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
Fresh sage leaves
Martini glass

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add ingredients and stir for 30–40 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Float a fresh sage leaf on top.

Tip: These are the proportions for any martini. Try Barr Hill Honey Vodka or Tuthilltown Apple vodka for variations.

Like this DIY? Try our upcycled photo box!

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