Make it personal: Danish mini chest of drawers

In my last post this year in the Make It Personal series, I’m sharing a gift idea that is inspired by Denmark. I had a lot of fun transforming a plain piece of wood into something characteristically Danish — a personalised Danish mini chest of drawers. A Danish mini chest of drawers

A little bit of Denmark in your home

I was recently 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 Søstrene Grene  and decided to give it a makeover.

I decided to theme my gift on the Dannebrog (Danish flag) with its cross design and red & 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!

DIY – how to make a 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.

convert plain wood by painting it

a painted mini drawer chest

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

a chest of drawers to store jewllery

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.

a chest of drawers to store jewllery

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

a chest of drawers to store jewllery

Vi elsker Danmark

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”.

Danish mini drawer chest

After the paint is completely dry, spray some varnish all over. Varnish helps protect the paint allowing the colours to remain strong for years. aplply varnish to seal paint in

 This mini drawer chest makes a perfect box  to store jewellery and trinkets.

Gift with a Danish touch

Wrap it up in a piece of see through fabric, tie it up with ribbon and your gift is ready!a little bit of Denmark in our home

 

 Check out a few more handmade gift ideas from my  Make It Personal series.

Gift a piece of pop art

Gift a book journal; a heirloom in the making

Painted glass jars

 

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