Customize paper mache book boxes to create stylish storage for your home or craft room!I love when my storage and organization can look stylish!  Unfinished paper mache book boxes from Darice are a great way to customize your decor.  By using paint and stencils you can create storage that is both functional and pretty to look at!  Here’s how I decorated my own paper mache book boxes to get some of my “stuff” organized.

Customize paper mache book boxes to create stylish storage for your home or craft room!

Supplies used:

supplies

Step one:  Paint the outside surface of the box with one color of paint.  Paint the inside of the box the same color as the outside.  Let the first layer of paint dry before applying the second layer of paint.

step 1

NOTE:  Be careful not to use too much paint or the paper mache could  warp slightly.  Even, light layers of paint work best.

Step two:  Use stencils to add details to the outside of the book boxes.   I opted for simple geometric shapes and lines. To keep paint from “bleeding” under the stencil, this is what I do:

step 2a

Tape the stencil in place, and paint over it with the base color.  This helps “seal” the edges.  Let the paint dry for a fee minutes.

step 2b

Add the desired color of paint over the stencil.   Use light layers of paint and keep adding color until you’ve achieved the desired intensity.

Step three:  Paint the stripes on the sides of the paper mache book box.

step 3

Step four:  Paint the sides of the book with an antique white paint to look like book pages.  I used a stiff brush and only applied one layer of paint to create a page-like appearance on the box.

Step five:  Trim a book page to fit inside the box.  (I used old dictionary pages.) Use the tape runner to attach the pages inside the box.

step 4a step 4b

All that’s left to do now is fill the book boxes up with anything you like!  Since you’re customizing this you can change the color or design to fit your style.  Have fun crafting and creating with  paper mache products!

Customize paper mache book boxes to create stylish storage for your home or craft room!

This post first appeared at Live.Craft.Love.

 

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