Tutorial-Decorative Boxes by Martha Jenkins
Here Martha does a step-by-step of how to make decorative boxes for gifts or storage.
Any size/type of 2 piece box works as long as it’s sturdy—Candy box? I often purchase 7 inch paper mache photo boxes—both square and round.
Paper mache box or recycled box—any size.
Woodsies (thin wooden shapes available at craft stores)
Paint in chosen colors including an accent (gold, silver, etc.)
White glue or Mod Podge.
Hair dryer to speed drying
Paint the bottom of the box inside & out. It will take at least 2 coats. When it’s dry spray with a protective acrylic coat.
Arrange the Woodsies on the boxtop in a pleasing design & glue them in place with a dab of glue. If you’re making flowers, you may want to use the twine to make vines & stems. Just put down a line of glue where you want the stem & lay the twine on top.
Crush a piece of tissue paper into a loose ball & gently smooth it out again, leaving plenty of wrinkles in it.
Paint a spot of the thinned glue onto the center area of the box top & center the tissue over it. Working from the center to the outer edges, gently tamp the tissue over the top, pushing the tissue around the edges of the Woodsies. If the tissue tears, just repair it with a small piece over the hole. Don’t brush out too many of the wrinkles. Brush on more glue as needed. Continue over the edge & cover the sides of the box top but don’t cover the inside. Cut the tissue even with the bottom of the lid & tamp the ends of the tissue to the lid.
Allow the lid to dry & paint to match or coordinate with the bottom.
Dry brush a bit of the accent color over the top to highlight the texture & finish with an acrylic coat.