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Mosaic Box

Use paper scraps to create
a "mosaic" storage box!

Tearing paper helps decrease anxiety, so this is a great project for anyone going through a stressful situation.

By Kayla Sherrod

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Stress Buster Paper Mosaic

Turn a cardboard box into a designer storage piece for your bedroom or dorm room. Store keys and other small items where you can find them. Create a beautiful finish by painting over the box with decoupage, gloss or semi gloss when finished (optional).

This project is a fabulous "stress buster". Tearing paper can relieve anxiety. Easy project for children or someone confined. Tear paper and divide the pieces into zip lock bags for future projects. If glue sticks are used (rather than paint or decoupage), this is a great project for a person who is confined to a bed (such as in the hospital). It is also an easy project for a child.

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1 box (Walmart, Michael's, Joann's or other craft supply store)

Several sheets of paper - in multiple colors

Glue stick or decoupage or bottle of white glue (such as Elmer's)

Spray-on (or brush-on) gloss or semi-gloss for finish (optional)


1. Tear paper into small pieces (to resemble mosaic chips)

2. Apply glue stick to paper pieces and attach paper pieces to box. OR use decoupage to attach pieces to box. The paper pieces will overlap one another on the edges.

OR use a roller brush to paint a thin layer of glue over the box, lay down the paper pieces; then paint a top coat of glue over the box. To see this method, go to: Paper Mache Box.

3. Create shapes such as the hearts shown on the right by glueing paper pieces to a sheet of paper and then cutting out the desired shape. The pre-made shape can then be glued to the box. Use contrasting colors for the pre-made shapes, so they will stand out against the mosaic papers on the box. We started by making pre-made shapes, but didn't use them for this box.

When finished, spray over the entire box with a finishing spray (gloss or semi-gloss) - or use decoupage.

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