Decoupage – the magic of turning craft boxes into gift boxes! | Magazine of the Fair of Masters

Step-by-step instructions for beginners

Before starting the creative process, it is important to prepare the accessories. If you look at the photo above and want to replicate this result, you will need the following:

  • Pre-prepared visual compositions (printed images or photographs);
  • Regular drinking water;
  • Black instant coffee to create an antique effect;
  • PVA glue;
  • Acrylic varnish.

Once everything is ready, you can get to work in a good mood.

  • First of all, moisten the sheets of paper and rub the coffee powder with gentle movements;
  • Place them on a smooth surface and wait until they are completely dry;
  • Once they are dry, tear them into 5-10 cm pieces;
  • Then cut the printed prints.
  • Make sure that the cardboard box is not heavily soiled or damaged. If necessary, remove excess.
  • Carefully glue each leaf, coat it on top and more intensively along the edges. Then apply the drawings.
  • After everything has dried thoroughly, use varnish if desired – this will add shine to your decoupage.

Paintings from cereals – step-by-step instructions with descriptions and photo examples

“Mom’s treasures”

Select napkins or decoupage cards that suit the style and theme. Tear out (do not cut!) the necessary motifs from them, create a preliminary composition.

For beginners, it is more convenient to decoupage boxes using the “file” method. Apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the primed surface of the box, carefully apply a fragment cut out of a napkin, having first removed the lower layers and leaving only the top, thin layer with the pattern.

Place a stationery file or polyethylene on top of the napkin and carefully smooth the pasted fragment, directing movements from the middle to the edges. Iron until all the air is released and the napkin sticks to the box. Glue all the fragments of the picture in the same way.

Now you can use acrylic paints to finish the background and tint the corners to give the box an aged look. All that remains is to coat the resulting box with several layers of varnish and, if desired, add voluminous decor. Now no one will be able to guess what your box was originally.

This way you can decoupage shoe boxes and various packaging boxes.

Decoupage – a non-standard solution to a standard problem

However, in most cases, shoe boxes have a very mediocre appearance, which can hardly be called aesthetically attractive. Over time, the accumulated packaging gives the room the effect of clutter, causing not very pleasant emotions among the owners.

You can correct this situation using ordinary decoupage, decorating objects of different shapes, sizes, colors and textures in the same style.

An ensemble created in this way can become an accent spot in the interior of the room. Photos of decoupage boxes allow you to get ideas for inspiration.

The abundance of various decoupage cards and napkins makes it possible to choose a pattern or even an entire composition, the appearance of which will organically fit into the overall concept. For the kitchen these are drawings with products or flowers. For children’s rooms – images of fairy-tale characters or heroes of your favorite cartoons.

However, if you decorate the box with floral motifs in pastel colors, it will take its rightful place even in a living room or bedroom decorated in a country or shabby chic style.

Decoupage is the simplest way that allows novice craftsmen who do not have the skills to draw and paint objects to decorate surfaces.

You can decorate not only boxes in this way, but also:

  • furniture facades;
  • bottles;
  • plates;
  • cutting boards

Decoupage does not tolerate restrictions and there is room for creative experiments and flights of fancy. Even children can cope with this type of creativity. This means that adults can also take up a new hobby without fear. And perhaps very soon the exciting process of creating paper compositions will turn into a hobby.

Decoupage of a wooden or plywood box. step by step instructions

Wood and plywood perfectly absorb dyes and adhesives and are a good basis for decoupage. The only negative is their fibrous structure, which can spoil the appearance and prevent the uniform adhesion of napkins and cards. Therefore, an important stage of work is the preparation of a wooden or plywood base.

  1. Sand the surface of the box using sandpaper or other abrasive material.
  2. Treat the inside of the box with stain.
  3. Apply primer, white acrylic paint or stain to the base (depending on the desired subsequent tone of the product).
  4. After drying, successively apply two or three layers of acrylic paint for the background of the product onto the base. Allow to dry thoroughly. (If stain is used for the background, this item is skipped).
  5. Apply a layer of glue to the areas on which the picture will be applied.
  6. Cut out or tear out the required pictures from decoupage napkins, soak them on a file, attach the picture to the placement area on the box.
  7. Iron the picture thoroughly with a hard, flat brush until the air is completely removed and evenly straightened.
  8. Complete the missing elements and patterns with paints.
  9. Finish the job by coating the box with several layers of varnish.
  10. If desired, you can use gold leaf, beads, bows, and sprigs of artificial greenery as additional decorations.

Such a box is useful for storing bulk products in the kitchen, newspapers and magazines in the hallway or in the hall, toys and construction parts in the nursery; for the presentation of wine and cognac bottles, fruits, sweets to guests during the holiday.

The process of decoupage of metal and plastic boxes is generally similar to the process of decorating wood products described above. But it should be borne in mind that the preliminary stage of working with a metal or plastic base is its complete degreasing. It is best to use alcohol for these purposes.

Decorated metal and plastic boxes are convenient for storing small, easily lost items. Metal boxes are also indispensable for storing tools, strong-smelling substances, and medicines. Plastic boxes decorated using the decoupage technique make excellent boxes, flower pots, and containers for spices.

An interesting effect of a single whole with the base can be achieved on wooden, metal and plastic surfaces by implanting a printout. In this case, the pictures from the napkins are transferred to the base not from the back, but from the front side.

Decoupage – the magic of turning craft boxes into gift boxes! | crafts fair magazine

Dear masters and craftswomen, hello everyone!

Today I want to share ideas for decorating ordinary cardboard boxes. Well, maybe not quite ordinary, but just good quality. but I mean plain ones, just white, just craft (well, and other colors that you have on hand).

When we pack our work (if there is a task or desire to make it beautiful) or give a gift, the question always arises of what exactly to pack. The boxes that are sold in regular retail stores are, to put it mildly, “not very good” (well, for my taste), often they have some kind of stupid design, inscriptions, and if there is some kind of “gilding”, then the stress level exceeds the maximum permissible concentration tens of times. And the packaging doesn’t correspond even one milliliter to the contents of the gift/work. And often, it is precisely in this outgrowth of the dark side of the force that I receive gifts from my friends 🙁 And I just can’t “instill a taste” in my friends for the culture of gift wrapping. And when they give me something useful in a Chinese brrr bag, I I can literally hear Lord Vader breathing somewhere nearby.

What should craftsmen and those who bypass “traditional” packaging stores do? You need to donate/package the work!

There is a wonderful, but relatively time-consuming solution – Decoupage! Actually, in my opinion, one of the direct tasks of decoupage is to transform something that already exists.

Dear craftswomen, I will not describe the process of decoupage technique. There are quite a few excellent MKs on the topic on YAM (I think so), and the process of drawing a picture using this technique is no fundamentally different from a wooden base, for example. And dear craftswomen, who have decoupage as their favorite pastime, I’m sure they will leave enough comments if anyone has any questions.

What kind of MK is this without instructions, a picky reader will ask? And here are the instructions for you:

1. Find a box of satisfactory quality (well, if you like it yourself, you wouldn’t be ashamed to give it as a gift)

2. We find the MK for decoupage (napkins, decorative cards), read it carefully.

3. We take out brushes, varnishes, cards, napkins. and a box)

4. We carry out manipulations in accordance with the MK for decoupage

5. We receive a beautiful, designer-designed box for your work or gift.

What is the know-how? Of course, in the idea itself, which, by the way, is not implemented so often.

Printing a box with your own (or just a favorite) design is wildly expensive (circulation, good cardboard, Moscow prices in the printing house.). There are simply plenty of napkins with various designs in stores, on the Internet and on YAM! Choose, decoupage – here is an exclusive product of such quality that no other manufacturer can compare!

And if you understand the decoupage technique, then a simple box will take a little time and cost even less (if you spread these costs over one box) = SOMETHING that will greatly surprise and delight friends or customers.

Below are some photos of our work. We are not super-duper in the decoupage technique, believe me, we literally held brushes in our hands a couple of times.

There is room for improvement, of course, and that’s great!)))

In the next MK I’ll try to post something with a New Year’s theme, if I have time))) And I prepared these last spring, something caught my eye, and I decided to share the idea. The holiday is coming, we need a mountain of gifts and the same mountain of packaging is needed =)

A couple more MKs on packaging here:

Good luck to everyone, great mood, excellent creativity and implementation of both talent and work!

I apologize for the spelling mistakes, I’m sitting in a cafe, finishing my coffee and finishing this MK.

Hugs, Ilya!

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Decoupage on cardboard: decorating master class

There are absolutely no boundaries in decoupage. The most important thing is imagination. Turn on your imagination and new possibilities for exquisite design will open up for you. For example, purchase fabric materials, textured waterproof wallpaper and self-adhesive film. Remember that today the assortment is very large!

Moreover, nothing prevents you from connecting your child, who will be able to independently color a future gift for grandparents, friends, teachers, anyone you wish. All you need for this is plain paper, paint, glue or a glue stick.

1. Cover the box well with monotone paper so that there are no gaps or gaps.

2. Ask your children to arm themselves with brushes and paint in any possible way as they want. You can also dip your child’s hands in paint and leave handprints; you can simply offer to draw little people or various animals, or write the names of loved ones.

3. Adding acrylic varnish will add shine.

Decoupage cards

Once you’ve got the basics down, you can try other decoupage techniques. Among them are decoupage cards. These are drawings made on special paper. It is thin enough to easily lay on any surface, and at the same time durable, which prevents it from tearing during the creative process.

The only disadvantage of this paper is that it is denser than napkins and makes it difficult to make unclear outlines.

The method of working with decoupage cards is not much different from the way napkins were glued, but there are some peculiarities.

Some masters advise first dipping the card into water for a minute or two, believing that this way it will stick more reliably.

When dealing with decoupage cards, you should use appropriate glue,
which is also sold in craft stores or dilute with PVA in a 1:1 ratio if you don’t find a special one.

Glue is applied not only on top of the paper, but also first on the surface itself. You should cover the surface with a thin layer, apply a decoupage card, and then cover it with another layer of glue.

Don’t be afraid to put too much of it on as it won’t be noticeable once it dries completely.
On the contrary, if there is more glue than required, it will be easier for you to place or move the card without fear of tearing or stretching it. Make sure that the paper does not wrinkle and the glue does not bubble up.

The process is quite painstaking, requiring extreme concentration, however, it is not as complicated as it might initially seem.

The main thing is not to be afraid to experiment and give free rein to your imagination, and then you will get a worthwhile decoration for your home.

DIY cardboard toys

Every child will be delighted that he made his own decoration for the Christmas tree. Children love to do decoupage from a very young age. In this case, herbal compositions are used. Instead of a primer, a thick solution of gelatin is used, and instead of glue, gelatin or egg white is used.

So, let’s make a bird. We cut out the profile contour and the wing. We prime both parts. Let’s dry it. Then the outline is pasted over with colored toilet paper or napkins in a small pattern. You can make an eye for the bird, sprinkle glitter or confectionery powder on its tail and wings. The two parts of the circuit are held together by thickening gelatin.

Older children can use a safety glue stick. In this case, a layer of glue is applied to the cardboard, the design is stuck on top, the surface is strengthened with gelatin or egg yolk, you can treat the finished toy with hairspray, cover it in 3-4 layers.

Fastening is done simply: a hole is cut at the top, it is better to use a hole punch, and a braid or thin ribbon is pulled into it.

Tools and materials that are necessary to perform work using the decoupage technique

  • Hard brushes for applying glue and varnish;
  • semi-rigid brushes for applying primer and acrylic base;
  • soft artistic brushes for applying background and decorative paintings;
  • spatula, palette knife or plastic stiletto from plasticine for surface treatment;
  • fine-grain sandpaper or other similar abrasive material;
  • sponge;
  • scissors (optimally – manicure);
  • glue: PVA or special decoupage;
  • varnish: special decoupage or regular parquet (depending on the nuances of the structure of the base surface);
  • paints: primer, acrylic, sometimes gouache;
  • file (in cases where an additional dense base is required to transfer the design to the object being decorated);
  • decoupage napkins or cards;
  • various additional decorative elements: ribbons, lace, beads, clay figurines, foil, gold leaf and so on (everything that the master’s imagination suggests).

Storage box for children’s toys

Taking a large box, you can make a container for storing children’s toys. To make a large box in decoupage style you will need to work hard. It will have to be covered with a large layer of primer and 5-6 or more layers of varnish in order to give the products greater strength.

On the Internet today you can find many tutorials on making various boxes in the decoupage style, which are easy to do with your own hands. There are also photos and images for decorating such boxes and boxes. You just need to use your imagination, and such products will delight your family with their beauty and originality for a long time.

Organizer out of the box

An original organizer for papers, writing instruments, and kitchen spices can be made from a shoe box. Remove the lid, find the center of the long sides. Make angled cutouts on the sides, then carefully bend the bottom of the box in half to become the center wall of the double organizer.

To make an even fold, first draw along the drawn line with a knitting needle or the blunt end of scissors. Now you can carefully draw a fold along the ruler.

Bend the workpiece and glue the sides. We cover the inside of the organizer with paper or fabric. We cover the outer part with a primer.

Now you will need eggshells. It needs to be washed with soap and cleared of the inner film. Apply PVA glue to the surface of the box and carefully glue small pieces of eggshell. We get the original surface. To be sure, we pass the brush with glue over the surface again.

We glue fragments of napkins on top – according to the same principle as in the previous master class on decoupage boxes. All that remains is to coat the surface with varnish, and the more layers you apply, the more attractive the box will look.

Decoupage of boxes with your own hands is an interesting activity that takes a little time, but as a result you get original interior items. After trying it once, you won’t want to throw in the trash something that, after a little modification, will adequately decorate your home.

Plastic box: decoupage

From an unwanted round jar of salad or mayonnaise, you can make a great box for storing candy, a mixture of spices or craft supplies.

Decoupage - the magic of turning craft boxes into gift boxes! | Magazine of the Fair of Masters

Before decoupaging a plastic box, it is recommended to check its surface for cracks

For such a craft, you will not have to buy a lot of materials, and therefore there will be no large costs.

Master class on decorating a plastic box:

  • Cut out four circles equal to the diameter of the box from white glossy paper;
  • Cover the entire surface of the plastic jar with primer;
  • Glue circles on both sides of the bottom and lid;
  • Prime the side surface of the box and cover it with a strip of decoupage napkin with a pattern you like;
  • We decorate the lid of the box with an artificial flower, which you can buy in a store or make yourself from ribbons and corrugated paper;
  • We paint the empty spaces in a color that matches the decor and varnish them.

Such a simple box will become a real decoration of your kitchen space.

Preparing the paper

There are the following methods for peeling off the thin top layer with a pattern:

Thinning paper using tape. We strengthen the front part with the picture with transparent varnish (hair product is also suitable). After drying, turn the sheet over and apply a layer of tape, trying to avoid folds and bends. Carefully remove the tape from the excess paper.

As a result, a thin sheet with a picture should remain. Using water. Apply a layer of varnish to the image to secure it. If the layer turns out to be too thin, you can apply it in several coats, allowing each of them to dry.

Carefully remove the unnecessary paper layer with your hands. Processing of photographic paper. Coat the front side with varnish and dry

Then place the paper side down on a wet table or board. After 5 minutes, detach the excess paper from the layer with the image: you can pick it up if you peel off the corner of the paper with a needle.

Preparing cardboard for work

Decoupage of a box made of cardboard begins with preparing the surface.

In order to prevent the box from “floating” from glue and water-based paints during the process of gluing pictures, it is necessary to make a kind of protection from moisture. Then the paper container will last for many years. If the walls are slightly dented, the shape is restored with an iron.

It is more convenient to iron boxes from the inside.

Primer compositions:

An excellent smooth surface is obtained after applying a layer of gypsum. It must be diluted in small portions – it hardens in a minute. The consistency should be as thick as possible – the plaster should spread like thick jam. Be especially careful when covering the corners with primer.

Apply paste-like plaster with a dry piece of foam rubber or a wide paint brush. A hairdryer will speed up the drying process. Instead of plaster, acrylic wood primer is used to protect the cardboard before decoupage. It is applied with a flat spatula or narrow spatula. Dries 2-3 hours outdoors at room temperature.

It is possible to prime the cardboard with universal PVA glue; it is thick, white, and does not become transparent when cured.

The clerical “brother” is not suitable for protection. It is better to use a freshly opened package of PVA; the glue should not be dry or with lumps. In the absence of a primer, glue, or plaster, thick cardboard is immediately coated with acrylic paint. The first minimum thin layer should be thin.

After drying, the surface is coated again and again. Make up to five layers. This significantly increases paint consumption. Make sure to dry the box every time, otherwise the paint will start to clump.

Useful jewelry box

Having prepared the box of the required size, you need to coat it with a primer and paint it in the main color. It’s better not to paint with a brush, but to blot it with a sponge, so the surface will become more impressive. Then you need to take the eggshell, wash it with soap, remove the film and dry it. Then glue small pieces of it onto the surface of the box coated with PVA glue. Also coat the top with glue.

Then apply fragments of napkins to the surface and cover with several layers of varnish. It will be beautiful if the inside of the box is upholstered with knitwear. You will get a stylish jewelry box. This box with soft walls inside can also be used to store Christmas tree decorations. It can also be given as a New Year’s gift along with toys to please friends or colleagues.

Tips on thematic and compositional design of boxes

  • For products that will be used in the nursery, it is best to use images of fairy-tale and cartoon characters, drawings of flowers and butterflies; the colors should be light and joyful;
  • for those boxes that will be used in the kitchen, images of fruits and vegetables, flowers will be optimal;
  • for boxes it is best to use common interior design motifs, such as Provence or kitsch;
  • for the boxes in which gifts will be presented, it is most organic to use motifs and colors corresponding to the gender of the gift recipient: for women, bright, rich colors, patterns and designs are suitable; men will be more pleased with discreet shades and images from the sphere of male interests (cars, weapons, armor, maps, etc.).

Decoupage a box is not too difficult and very exciting. Proper efforts will give things a second life.

Amazing variety of shapes

If desired, decoupage is done on both sides of the boxes: outer and inner. Beginners, as a rule, apply the design only on top, in fragments, for example, only on the lid and one of the sides. The rest of the surface is painted over with matching paint.

This technique is quite accessible for beginners. Let’s create a drawing on cardboard step by step. For this you will need:

  • PVA stationery glue;
  • wide tassel;
  • a thin napkin (or a thick top layer) with a picture you like;
  • fine skin.

First, we prepare the fragment that we plan to paste. It is better to carefully pluck it out with your fingers; the uneven, loose edge is less noticeable under a layer of varnish. Beginners can use scissors, cut the desired piece along the contour with an allowance of 3-5 mm, and then pinch the edges.

Straighten the picture and remove the remaining air. We set the box to dry. After an hour or two, smooth the edges of the pasted fragment with sandpaper. She needs to work carefully so as not to damage the paper. That’s it, paint over the areas free from the surface and dry the box. We cover it with varnish on top. Acrylic is better suited for these purposes.

The “aging” effect is created by pre-treating the primer with a paraffin candle. Then the surface is covered with black paint or bitumen varnish. When sanding a dry painted surface, fragments of the white primer appear.

Skinning (decoupage boxes)

When I started doing decoupage, I discovered “skin” as one of the main elements of decoration. Previously, I did not attach such importance to sandpaper, but its use greatly changes the work with the product.

So, in order:

1. Regular blank, box. We collect all the necessary materials: primer (or acrylic paint), napkins, brushes, and of course the skin, the heroine of today’s series.

First we sand, then we prime, we sand again, we prime – until we achieve sufficient smoothness of the workpiece. Subsequent steps are greatly simplified if the surface of the product is smooth.

2. Apply a decoupage napkin (previously torn along the contour) to a smooth, flat surface. We also decorate the inner surface of the lid with a napkin and cover it with masking tape. for the time being.

3. Apply a layer of dark paint to the places where craquelure is supposed to be applied; this color will be the “background” for the cracks. After drying, apply single-phase craquelure to this layer.

4. While the lid is drying, we begin work on decorating the “body” of the box. We select a suitable color and apply it so that the transitions from the napkin to the surface are not noticeable. I. that’s right! skinning. with fine sandpaper, gently and carefully, so as not to tear off the napkin and paint.

5. The lid was dry (we waited more than an hour for the varnish to dry). Apply paint

Moreover, when applying paint to single-phase craquelure, it is important to do it with one stroke, without passing over the same place twice. Then the cracks will turn out even and “tasty” 🙂

And of course, after drying, we sand! gently!

6. Paint the product. We finish the bottom, internal surfaces, sides, lid, very carefully selecting the paint and using thin lines to achieve a uniform color. Several times we go through it not even with sandpaper, but with a sandpaper sponge (I forgot the correct name).

7. Using a sponge with contrasting paint, paint the inside surface of the box and go along the edges, in places overlapping the decorated surface. The effect of an uneven coating is created, the box begins to “play”, it begins to have a story. There is imperfection in her and that makes her alive.

8. Varnish. The longest stage in all the work. We patch, dry, turn over, patch, dry. We skin it. For the first layer we use sandpaper that is quite coarse, medium-grained. Thanks to this, we remove almost all the varnish :))) And again. We patch, dry, turn over, patch, dry.

We rest and leave it overnight. In the morning, everything is done again: sandpaper (fine), varnish, drying. sandpaper varnish drying. ugh. Look like that’s it. There are no limits to perfection, but you have to stop sometime. It feels like when you start to like the box in your hands, then the last time is to dry the varnish. It takes a couple of days for it to completely dry to touch. It’s better not to turn over at this time.

9. Done! There’s no way to do this without skin. The smooth varnish surface gives the product integrity and completeness. And smoothness is impossible without careful sanding. So don’t be lazy to sand!