First I take a little paper mache box (you can usually find them at any ole craft store). . .
. . .and paint it with craft paints. Since I'm in Halloween mode, I stuck with the traditional white/black/orange combo.
Then I stain it-- Slop on a watery layer of dark brown paint, then quickly wipe it off with a paper towel. It adds texture and visual interest.
Then I make the little fabric pinwheel thingies.
1) Tear a fabric strip that's 1/2 inch X 9 inches (or so) and do a simple running stitch along one edge with embroidery floss, leaving a thread tail at both ends. 2) Scrunch the fabric strip. 3) Tie in the back. 4) Done. Now I hot glue it to my box top.
Then I pick the perfect button and glue that in the middle.
Then I make more. And more. And more.
Now they're all ready to be filled with something.
What do you want in yours?