Make a decoupage art box with this fun and creative craft. You start with a plain box, choose some cutouts, and add glue. Decoupage is basically the art of applying cutouts to a surface and then coating it with several layers of glue. This will give your box a lacquered, or shiny, appearance.
Find pictures of your favorite things; make a theme, such as dinosaurs, angels, or flowers; or ask a grown-up to print some copies of your family photographs. It's up to you!
What You'll Need
Wrapping paper or old magazines (for cutouts)
Wooden box (available at craft stores)
How to Make a Decoupage Art Box
Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.
Step 2: Carefully cut out the pictures that you want to paste on your box.
Step 3: Once you have gathered all the pictures you will need to decorate your box, position them on the box to create a scene.
Step 4: Dilute some glue with water.
Step 5: Remove the pictures from the box, and coat the back of the pictures with the diluted glue completely and evenly.
Step 6: Press them back onto the box. Smooth out any bubbles.
Step 7: Let it dry.
Step 8: Apply a coat of polyurethane to the box. Let it dry completely, then apply a second coat.
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