Decorated paper mache boxes make cute storage units for a variety of things, from jewelry to sewing supplies and more. The boxes are fairly cheap and it’s easy to decorate them in vintage style. Read on to find out how! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Today I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity Spring DIY tour hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie and I’ve chosen one of my favorite projects to share with you. You’ll find more crafts and ideas from my blogging friends at the end of this post.
You only need a few supplies to make vintage paper mache boxes.
- Paper mache boxes in various shapes and sizes
- Acrylic paint and brushes
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Dark antiquing wax and cheesecloth
Start by painting a base coat of acrylic paint on the outside of the box bottom and lid. You can use more than one color on a single box. Let the paint dry (about an hour or so) and apply your stencil to the lid and sides of the box.
Using just a touch of acrylic paint, use a dabbing motion with a soft stencil brush to create the pattern. Remove the stencil while the paint is still wet.
Once the stencil design has thoroughly dried, lightly send the edges of the paper mache boxes to create a worn, distressed look. Wipe the dust off and lightly seal the boxes using cheesecloth to apply a dark wax (the same type of wax you use to seal painted furniture) to give an aged appearance.
Since spring is almost here, I decided to go with green and off-white for my color scheme. Decorated paper mache boxes are also great for holding small gifts like jewelry and gift cards.
Today I’m joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who share their Spring DIY Projects as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series. You’re going to love all this spring inspiration!