Today’s post is on how to decoupage pretty heart boxes. This is an easy craft project of covering boxes with pretty paper.
What is Découpage?
Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing paper or cut out pictures on to it, then sealing the object with glue or clear varnish. It comes from the French verb découper which means ‘to cut out’. You can decorate almost anything with decoupage, boxes, vases, lamps, trays, bowls, pots, furniture, you name it, and the sky’s the limit! I have even découpaged wooden spoons and wooden hangers.
What paper can I use?
You don’t need special paper, you can use magazine cut outs of pictures you like, wallpaper, fabric or paper napkins, which I used for this project.
There is a découpage glue which can be used specifically for this, however I used PVA glue. It dries clear and sticks paper, wood, metal and fabric.
The tools you will need are; a pair of sharp small scissors for cutting out pictures or you can use a craft knife to cut out detail and intricate areas. A cloth to wipe away excess glue.
What I used:
- Cardboard box (I bought 3 in a pack for €2.25 from my local Art shop)
- Paper napkins (I picked up paper napkins from Carolyn Donnelly at Dunnes Stores)
- PVA glue (you could also use Modge Podge (a glue used a lot for this type of craft, available in your local Art shop)
I started by taking off the lid and placing the bottom part of the box on the paper and drawing carefully around the shape of the box with my pencil. I cut out the shape and put aside. I repeated this for the lid
I took a long piece of the napkin and cut it to fit the side of the box lengthways, leaving an inch extra each side (to fold over). Dip the brush into the glue and apply a thin coat to the side of the box and press down the paper you have just cut, smoothing it down as you go to get rid of any wrinkles, careful not to tear. Depending on the paper you use, you can apply glue to the paper, for example if it is strong paper like wallpaper. I was using paper napkins, I didn’t want it to tear so applied the glue to the box.
Once the side of the box is covered you will have about an inch hangover, cut slits into the paper and fold down each slit.
Glue the paper heart shapes to the bottom and top of the box
Cut more paper into pieces and start pasting them inside the box, overlapping and gluing the box and paper as you go, covering any gaps.
Underneath the box don’t forget to glue the heart shape you cut out earlier. Repeat for the lid. I brushed the whole box with glue to seal and left to dry for a few hours.