Thursday, May 15, 2014

DIY Decorated Wooden Box

I am obsessed with DIY projects - they're fun to make, brighten up my apartment and make great, personalized gifts! This DIY box is one of a kind and you can't do it wrong - the messier the better.

For this DIY you need these materials:

  • Plain wood craft box (in any size your heart desires!)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint - I used 3 different colors, but you can add as many as you want.
  • Stencils - I used Martha Stewart birds & berries stencils
  • Bowl of water
  • Newspaper or an old book you don't mind ripping up (I used the pages of a book).
  • Screwdriver
  • Painters tape

You need to start by unscrewing the clasps from the box. You don't want the Mod Podge to accidentally glue the box closed.

Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the box, a sponge paintbrush will give you even coverage. 

Rip up the paper and place pieces randomly over the box, let them overlap and get messy! Use the sponge brush and coat the paper with another layer of Mod Podge. 

After the box has dried, it's time to start painting! I started with a wet sponge brush and pink paint to get a translucent coat on top of the box. Then I mixed green paint and water to make it runny, and dripped it all over the box. 

Once the paint has dried, (it takes awhile because it's watery) place the stencil on top of the box and tape it down so it doesn't move - painter's tape works best. I started with a branch. After painting the branch (and letting it dry) I repositioned the stencil and painted a bird.

Carefully remove the stencil and let the paint to dry completely. Finally, cover the top of the box in a thin coat of Mod Podge and let that dry. 

Use the screwdriver to put the box back together and admire you work! 

Perfectly Glossed Kisses,


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