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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Instructions
  • Resources


I used a repurposed tea box with a sliding lid for my example of this decorated box. If you can't find a box exactly like this, any box with a flat lid would work.

Tools and Materials

Small wooden box with flat lid
Dust mask
Rags and/or thick, fluffy wall painting brush
Acrylic paints - black, metallic copper, brown
Printouts of vintage ephemera
Liquid Laminate
Old credit card
StazOn Opaque ink in color that harmonizes with your vintage ephemera
Rubber stamps

  1. Put on dust mask and prepare the wooden box by sanding. Use a damp rag or wall-painting brush to remove sawdust.

  2. Put some black acrylic paint in a cup and water it down a bit. This is so the paint will soak into the wood of the box and result in a matte or semi-matte finish instead of a shiny one. Add a little metallic copper paint to the mix to add a subtle touch of sparkle. Paint the box inside and out, except for the top of the box lid.

  3. When box is dry, sand edges so that the wood color shows. Once again, clean off dust with a damp wall-painting brush or rag.

  4. Mix up a light wash of water and brown acrylic paint. Brush this mixture on the outside of the box to stain the exposed wood on the corners.

  5. Get some images of vintage paper ephemera. You won't want to use anything collectible for this project so make or obtain some replicas. Many paper vendors have attractive papers and collage elements that are suitable. You can download some from the sites in the resources section below or scan some from your own collection and make printouts. If your printer is an inkjet type, take your printouts to a copy shop and get color copies made because the Liquid Laminate will make inkjet ink run.

  6. Cut out your ephemera images and brush Liquid Laminate onto the backs of the paper pieces to glue to the lid. Use old credit card to smooth down and elimenate any wrinkles.

  7. When you're done gluing down paper pieces, brush a layer of Liquid Laminate on top as a glaze.

  8. Choose a color of StazOn opaque ink that harmonizes with the papers you have chosen. I used Mellow Mint. Stamp Antique Key Background on two sides of the box. If you don't have StazOn opaque ink, you can use acrylic paint applied with a sponge - if you do so be sure to clean the stamps off right away before the paint dries.

  9. Stamp Antique Key Border on the other two sides of the box. You're done!


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