Easy handmade gift: Danish mini chest of drawers

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Posted On March 05, 2014 / Posted In Made by hand , For Her / Tagged Made by Hand, Handmade gifts, DIY

Images and text by Sarita Rajiv

I'm always on the lookout for easy handmade gifts that can be fun projects. And a while ago, I was invited to a friend’s housewarming party. My friend and her husband are French and moved to Copenhagen in Denmark a year ago. They are fun-loving people and love living in Denmark. So I was keen to make a gift that reflected their love for Denmark. I chanced upon a little wooden chest of drawers at a local Søstrene Grene store and decided to give it a makeover.

Inspired by some interesting facts about Denmark, this easy handmade gift was based on the Dannebrog (Danish flag) with its cross design and red and white colour combination. The Dannebrog is an intrinsic part of homes in Denmark. The Danish flag weaves its way into celebrations like birthdays in the form of cocktail sticks, stickers and gift wrapping paper. What's more, visitors to Denmark are welcomed with Danish flags at airports!

Here's the simple DIY to make your Danish mini chest of drawers

Materials - Here is what you will need:

- A wooden mini chest of drawers
- Gesso primer*
- Acrylic paint and paint brushes
- Wood varnish
* The primer will help the seal the wood. It helps the paint stick to the wood.

First apply two coats of primer on the wood allowing for drying time between coats.

Paint the Danish flag on the two vertical sides of the chest. I used scotch tape to block the area to be painted in white and painted red around it twice. When the red paint is dry, remove the scotch tape and fill in that space with white paint. Use two coats of paint allowing for drying time between coats.

Pull out the two drawers and paint white hearts around the knobs, while painting the rest of the area red.

On the top of the drawer chest, write out a Danish phrase and paint something that is related to Denmark. I painted a Viking helmet and wrote “Vi elsker Danmark” which means, “We love Denmark”.

After the paint is completely dry, spray some varnish all over. Varnish helps protect the paint allowing the colour to remain strong for years. Wrap it up in a piece of see through fabric, tie it up with ribbon and your gift is ready!

This mini drawer chest makes a perfect box  to store jewellery and trinkets.Wasn't that an easy handmade gift?


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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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