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Decoupaged Boxes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999


With their lids painted and papered with decorative prints, these wooden boxes recall the traditional craft of decoupage.


  • Unfinished wooden box

  • Pearlized paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Silver paper

  • Utility knife

  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage

  • Fine sandpaper


  1. Sand the box with fine sandpaper, then give it two thin coats of paint. To create a decoupage effect on the lid, photocopy images from books or prints onto silver paper (you can reduce or enlarge a picture to the size you desire). Cut out the image with a utility knife, and when the paint is dry, glue the picture to the top of the box. A botanical print or an animal image makes the perfect embellishment.

  2. To give the box a more finished look, cut a ribbon of silver paper to cover the edge of the lid. Make a hole in the ribbon for the wood-joining stud that's on the lid by pressing the paper against the stud with an eraser to make an impression you can cut out. Glue the paper ribbon around the lid edge, making sure to align the hole in the ribbon with the stud. Tuck a gift inside, or give the lustrous box as a gift itself, tied with a beautiful ribbon.

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