How To Antique & Decoupage A Small Wooden Box | For Beginners
This project is perfect for beginners and can be completed in just a few hours.
Materials you'll need:
- Small wooden box
- Decorative paper, decoupage napkins or fabric
- Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
- Chalk paint
- Antiquing Wax
- Desired Embellishments
- Paper towel or old rag
- Flawless Finisher
- Clear varnish or sealant
Step 1: Choose your box and paper
The first step in decoupaging a small wooden box is to choose the box and paper or fabric you want to use. The box can be any size, but for this project, we recommend using a small one. You can find wooden boxes at craft stores, online, or even at thrift stores.
Once you have your box, choose the decorative paper, decoupage napkins, or fabric you want to use. You can also mix and match different papers or fabrics to create a unique design.
Step 2: Sand the box
Before you start decoupaging, it's important to prepare the surface of the box. Use sandpaper to lightly sand the entire box to create a rough surface for the glue to adhere to. This will help the paper or fabric stick to the box more easily.
Step 3: Size the paper
Next, size your paper or fabric to fit the surface of the box. Use scissors to trim the paper or fabric to the exact size and shape of how you want it to lay on the box. Decoupage edging or tearing your paper are two techniques that will give you softer edges when decoupage with paper.
Step 4: Apply the decoupage medium
Using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to the surface of the box. Make sure to apply the glue evenly and avoid leaving any clumps or bubbles.
Step 5: Place the paper or fabric
Carefully place the paper or fabric onto the box, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. You may need to adjust the paper or fabric to make sure it's straight and centered. Use a roller, saran wrap, or very light touch to gently press the paper or fabric down onto the box and ensure it adheres well to the surface.
Step 6: Apply more decoupage medium
Once the paper or fabric is DRY, apply another layer of Mod Podge or decoupage medium over the top. This will seal the paper or fabric onto the box and create a protective layer. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the paper or fabric with the decoupage medium.
Step 7: Repeat the process
Repeat steps 4-6 for each side of the box, making sure to let each layer of decoupage medium dry completely before moving on to the next side.
Step 8: Seal the box
Once all the sides of the box are covered, let the decoupage medium dry completely. Then, apply a coat of clear varnish or sealant over the entire box to protect it from wear and tear.
And that's it! Your decoupaged wooden box is now ready to use or display. This project is a great way to personalize a gift for someone special or to add a touch of creativity to your own home décor.
Enjoy our step-by-step video tutorial below and once you complete your project we'd love to see it!
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