My birthday was a few weeks ago and one of the gifts that my brother and sister-in-law gave me was a set of cosmetic items from Clinique. The items came beautifully packaged in a hot pink box with CLINIQUE embossed in silver ink across the top.
The box was super sturdy and I loved the color. Honestly, it would be just the right size as a catch-all box to sit on top of my desk…. if only it weren’t for the Clinique logo on top.
Decoupage to the rescue!
I haven’t done any decoupage in years so I didn’t have the usual materials on hand: a jar of Mod-Podge and a broad paint brush. I also didn’t have any pretty paper that I wanted to use to cover the box.
No problem! I downloaded an image and dressed it up in my graphics software and printed it out from my color printer.
I left the bottom of the box as it was — that gorgeous pink — but I decoupaged the top of the box and sides of the lid. (I actually printed out two pages: one had the floral design with the monogram, the other was all black, but it had four equidistant pink stripes, which I was then able to cut out to run along the sides of the top, leaving about 1/8 inch of pink at the bottom of each lid.)
Here was the final result:
If you don’t have graphic design software, don’t worry! Visit Canva.com and you can create your graphics there. Other pretty paper ideas include gift wrap, scrapbooking paper, even old greeting cards or stationery.
This is one of the easiest crafts to do, but you can also get into very complex techniques and designs. Decoupaging a box like this is definitely on the easier end of the spectrum.
- Cut decorative paper slightly larger than the surfaces you wish to cover completely. For the top, cut the paper exactly to the size of the box lid.
- Using an acrylic paintbrush, apply Mod Podge all over the surface of whatever you intend to decoupage. Place paper on the sticky surface and spread out until smooth. This should be done from the center outward.
- It’s ok to overlap pieces of decorative paper. Mod Podge acts as a glue and sealer so it will cover all of your seams, but if your paper has a busy pattern, you might want to be mindful of that as you figure out how to attach the paper to the surface.
- Apply the piece for the top last.
- Allow all surfaces to dry and then recoat. You may need two or three coats to get the desired effect.
Please note, Mod Podge comes in various finishes (such as Matte, Satin, Gloss, Outdoor, etc.) and colors, so see what you’re local store has for your best options.
You can decoupage on almost anything. Here’s a whole playlist of HUNDREDS of YouTube videos about how to use Mod Podge, not only for decoupage, but for beautiful photo transfers.