Confession time. I am obsessed with tiny boxes. Like I have more boxes than things to put in them. But I don’t let that imbalance stop me from holding on to every one that comes my way. Size-wise, I like the smallest chocolate samplers or the boxes that some jewelry comes in. Preferably the lid comes all the way off (as opposed to engagement-ring-style hinged boxes) and preferably I can decorate them. The decorating part is especially important, because I’m starting a series on making little boxes look lux!
If you want to make something pretty and functional like the beauty above, you’ll need a few simple supplies.
- A small box. The one I used is a chocolate box, approximately 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 1″, but you can use whatever you have on hand
- A magazine or other source of images. I like magazines ’cause the ink tends not to smear, unlike newsprint or printed pictures
- ModPodge or similar product. Choose whichever finish you like best.
- Paintbrush (which you’ll be dipping in ModPodge, so maybe not a high quality one…)
- Browse your magazines and decide on an image/images. I’ve made some boxes that are single pictures, a few images mixed together, mosaic-style, and text-pictures juxtapositions, which is what I’m demoing going forward. Here are some ideas!
- Cut out your pieces. If you’re doing a background (like the text I used), cut a piece that is the area of the top surface, and then sticks out on each side, as seen below.
- Plan your layout. You’ll have to glue down layer by layer, so it’s a good idea to know your placement in advance.
- Start assembling. Coat your box with ModPodge and carefully lay your background piece down, gently smoothing out any wrinkles. You might need extra ModPodge around the corners so the joints are smooth.
- Now you ModPodge on your next piece, working from the lowest layer on up. You can either paint the ModPodge onto the area where you’ll stick the image, or paint it onto the picture and then put the image in place.
- Once all the images are glued down, let the whole thing dry for at least half an hour – more if you’re heavy handed with the ModPodge. Once it’s dried, give the whole decoupaged surface once last coat of ModPodge.
- Once it’s dried completely, use and enjoy!
- Use old books for text and illustrations
- Use a bigger box, like a shoebox!
- Embellish with paint or glitter
I hope you add pretty boxes into your life! Join me next week for a tutorial about embroidering boxes!