*Last updated: January 14, 1999*

Jen's Craft Page

The craft I am most proud of are my paper mache boxes.
You can turn these plain brown boxes (of varying shapes and sizes) into works of art.

All you need is:

A paper mache box
Acrylic paint (color or colors of your choice)
Decoupage glue (Aleene's or Modge Podge) AND/OR Varnish
Brushes (either regular or sponge)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks OR craft glue
Cut outs from wrapping paper, cards, etc...
Any sort of trim (lace, cording, shells, silk flowers, ribbon)
Wire cutters (only if using silk flowers)

First, paint your box the color you wish (inside and out). If you want, you can mix colors or sponge lighter/darker shades. If you want a crackle effect, you need to get a crackle medium. Wait for the paint to dry. If you are going to decoupage, use the drying time to cut out your images. If you are not going to decoupage, apply varnish to the painted box. If you are going to decoupage, apply decoupage glue to the back of your cut out images and position on box. Wait for it to dry. Apply a coating of decoupage glue or varnish to box. Now you are ready to trim! Silk flowers are very attractive on top of a round box. Just hot glue (or craft glue) the flowers to the top of the box. You will need a pair of wire cutters for the flower stems! On one of my flowered boxes, I used some wide lace around the bottom of the box. My grandmother loved it! Now, just remember not to go over board on the decorations, a little goes a long way! I have also used lace doilies on the top of the round or octogon shaped boxes (glue on with decoupage glue). Just remember to varnish the boxes for their protection!

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