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Paper Mache Decorator Box

Designer Storage Box

By Aleah Sherrod

paper mache box

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Watch my free video for full instruction on painting paper mache. Learn about supplies and painting technique. I used a book shaped box to create a 30th birthday "memory box".

Designer Storage Box

Designer: Aleah Sherrod

paper mache boxUsing tissue paper and glue, turn a paper mache or cardboard box into a designer storage piece for your bedroom or dorm room. Store keys and other small items where you can find them. Use buttons and tissue paper or napkins to create a beautiful paper mache storage box. Quick & easy!

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Box crafts


box supplies 1 paper mache box (purchase from craft supply store)
tissue paper or napkins 
school glue 
paint brush (small roller brush works well) 
hot glue gun, glue sticks (optional: for decorations)
miscellaneous decorations such as ready made bows, beads, "jewels", flowers, buttons, etc. (optional)

NOTE: You may wish to pre-paint the box. Use Gesso or other primer, then paint, then follow these instructions for adding a layer of paper. Watch my Paper Mache Box Painting Video for instructions on painting paper mache items.


1. Apply Glue

add gluePaint a medium layer of glue on top of the box lid.

2. Apply Paper

add paperLay down ripped pieces of napkin or tissue paper (small to medium pieces) on top of the glue; it is ok if the pieces extend beyond the edge of the lid.

The paper does not have to entirely cover the lid.

3. Apply Glue Over Paper Layer

finished lid Next, cover ALL tissue paper with a thin to medium layer of glue. Pieces that extend beyond the lid edge can be glued down to the sides of the lid or wrapped around to the inside of the lid if necessary.

4. Dry / Apply Decor

decorated lidAllow lid to dry. Use the hot glue gun to decorate your box lid with buttons, ribbon, flowers or other items.

5. Decorate Box Base

decorated box lidRepeat steps 1-4 above for the box itself, or leave the box plain. You can also paint the box and use the paper only on the lid. Try different methods for different effects. The photo on the right shows a button on our box lid.

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