Making these decorative paper storage boxes makes me so happy! Like many of my other creations, it started by seeing something beautiful and wondering “how could I make that?!” In this case, it started by seeing these gorgeous Antoinette Poisson paper boxes in the window of our local boutique, Emily Joubert (I love everything in there!). My version is not the same, but they make me smile and were so fun to make!
Here’s what you’ll need
- Shoe boxes. Mine are the type with an attached lid.
- White paint – I used BIN primer
- Decorative paper – I used wrapping paper from Paper Source. I recommend wrapping paper or other lightweight paper, so it folds around the box neatly
- Thin washi tape
- Mod Podge and brush
Here’s how to do it:
- If your box has a shiny finish, turn it inside out, so the paint and paper will adhere well
- From the inside, tape closed any cutouts like handles
- Paint the outside with a couple of coats of white paint and let dry
- Cut out your paper to fit the top and side panels, as shown in the picture. I used a separate piece for the back, because I wanted to make sure it went over the “hinge” smoothly. This might not be necessary. I also added two more small triangles for the sides of the lids after I took this picture.
- Use mod podge to apply the paper pieces to your box.
- Apply a washi tape border around the outline of each section of paper.
- Add a layer of mod podge to finish it all off.
Also, like many of my projects, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to use these boxes for, but the joy of making them was reason enough in itself!
I’ve been thinking of starting to host some small get-togethers with friends, where we do a craft project together, chat, eat snacks, and sip drinks. These boxes would be a great project for an event like that!
Julie AKA “Jewels”