Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Decorative Box Tutorial

I had to buy Simon some new shoes this past week and I found some that came in a mostly square and sturdy box.  My Mom was here and she suggested I cover it and use it as decoration.  So I thought about where I would want to put it and decided that the band-aids in the boys bathroom needed a special box.  Then I found some paper in my scrapbook supplies that fit with the color scheme of the bathroom.  I chose a striped paper for the lid and a solid green color that matches for the sides of the box.

After finding the paper I wanted to work with I used the box itself to give me my measurements.  I just measured the paper to the edge of the box.  I didn't want to try to wrap the paper under the lid or over the lips of the box.  After measuring I used my paper cutter to cut the paper into strips for the sides of the box and a square for the lid of the box.

I papered the sides of the box first.  I brushed a coat of Mod Podge onto the side and then placed the paper on, smoothing as I went.  I did this for each side.  There was a little overlapping at the corners but I pressed one side down and then the other side over it and smoothed with my thumb.

Then I papered the lid.  I brushed a coat of Mod Podge on the lid and then just eye-balled the middle of the paper to place the lid on.  If I had been smart, I would have traced the middle of the paper with the box lid so that I would know exactly where to put it.  It turned out alright though.  After smoothing out the top I did the same process with the sides and used a gift wrap fold on the corners.  Then I let it dry.

Here is the finished product.  I think it turned out rather well for my first time Mod Podging a box. 

Here's the box in it's new repurposed state--holding our band-aids.


I decided to take this plain white cabinet

and use the same striped paper that I used on the box to give it some color.  I just used Scotch tape here on the backs of the strips of paper and I put them in different directions to create the V-pattern.

Here is the cabinet all finished and you can even see the matching box below it.


  1. I like what you did with the cabinet to match the box.

  2. Cute idea! It really adds extra color and jazzes things up!

  3. I love how it turned out! Super cute!! Great job!

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