Decorative Crafts for Kids


Decoupage Art Box

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

Newspaper

Blunt scissors

Wrapping paper or old magazines (for cutouts)

Craft glue

Water

Bowl

Old paintbrushes

Wooden box (available at craft stores)

Water-based polyurethane

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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