Easy Homemade Craft Gifts for Kids


Fly Away Decoupage Box
Your children's valuables will remain protected in this fly away decoupage box.
Your children's valuables will remain protected in this fly away decoupage box.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Your children can keep their prized possessions and treasures in a fly away decoupage box they made themselves.

What You'll Need:

  • Acrylic paint: ocean reef blue, white, and quaker gray
  • Unfinished wood or papier-mâché oval box
  • Bird stickers
  • Decoupage finish

Tools:

  • Waxed paper
  • Paper plates for palettes
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Household sponge
  • Scissors

How to Make a Fly Away Decoupage Box:

Step 1: Cover your children's work surface with waxed paper. Squirt a small puddle of blue paint onto a paper plate. Have your children take the lid off the box and use the foam brush to paint the outside of the lid and box blue. Let paint dry.

Step 2: Cut the sponge into a 1-1/2 x 1-1/2-inch square. Squirt a small puddle of white paint onto a plate and an even smaller puddle of gray right next to it (touching).

Step 3: Dampen the sponge and squeeze out all the extra water. Dip the end of the sponge into both colors of paint. Dab most of the paint off on a blank spot of the plate.

Paint a few clouds with a sponge on the fly away decoupage box.
Paint a few clouds with a sponge on the fly away decoupage box.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 4: Using an up-down motion, have your children paint a few clouds onto the box. (To do this, place the top back on the box so the cloud can spill over to the sides of the box.) Let paint dry.

Step 5: Arrange stickers on box top and sides.

Spread some decoupage finish over the fly away decoupage box by using a sponge brush.
Spread some decoupage finish over the fly away decoupage box by using a sponge brush.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 6: Pour some decoupage finish onto a plate. Use sponge brush to spread a light coat over entire painted area of the box. When dry and clear, apply another coat of finish.

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