DIY box decor - examples and photo ideas
In every house there are always small things that give the room a look of sloppiness and clutter. A great solution would be to store such trifles in boxes. In a beautiful design they can be found in stores, but it would be much more profitable and more pleasant to do the box decor with your own hands.
Great storage ideas
Simple and nondescript cardboard boxes from under shoes, sets of dishes and small household appliances can be transformed into a masterpiece look, you just need to show imagination. The main criterion for selecting a suitable box is its sufficient density and strength. The shape also plays an important role - rectangular cardboard boxes are much more convenient.
The most suitable option is to use shoe boxes. Depending on the size, they can be used to store a variety of things: jewelry, accessories, stationery, cosmetics, tools, children's toys, medicines, books, magazines, some food, industrial goods, clothes, shoes, and much more. In addition to the main function - storage, decorated cardboard boxes will become an integral part of the interior, and also, undoubtedly, the subject of pride of the owner.
Where to begin
Before proceeding with the modification of shoe boxes, you need to foresee everything so that you do not break away from the work process in detail:
- choose a suitable box, think through its design;
- choose a comfortable, well-lit workplace;
- find enough material;
- prepare tools: scissors, stationery knife, adhesive tape, glue and so on.
Choosing materials for decoration is very simple. You can simply paint it, glue it with paper for decoration, colored paper, wallpaper, newspaper, music sheets, maps, napkins, stamps, jute rope, woolen threads. Also, articles covered with various types of fabric, ribbons, dermatin, oilcloth look spectacular. Children's boxes can be pasted with candy wrappers, coloring sheets, stickers, key chains, matches, drawings of animals or favorite characters, details from designers, mosaics.
The most popular way to decorate shoe boxes is to paste them with paper or cloth.
Even wallpapers will come in handy.
For the decor of shoe boxes with your own hands, wallpapers are ideal, the remains of which can be found in every home. To glue the box with vinyl or non-woven wallpaper, you need wallpaper glue, and if the selected wallpaper is paper, then PVA glue will do. First of all, you need to measure a piece of wallpaper of a suitable size, taking into account the margin for lap, and attach the box to it. With a pencil, it is necessary to circle the contour of the bottom, then bend the wallpaper from the parallel sides of the box, firmly pressing it to the walls, stroke the bending fingers with your fingers. Expand, do the same from other sides. After trying on, you need to cut off the excess pieces and you can proceed to gluing. First you need to smear the bottom, attach to the pattern, then the sides, gently pressing and straightening the canvas, and then inside.
In the same way, the boxes can be covered with cloth. In this case, it is good to use double-sided tape as an adhesive element, since the adhesive can soak the fabric, leaving stains on it.
Decoupage technique is based on gluing the cut out pattern to the surface of the object and fixing the resulting composition with varnish.
Napkins are great for decoupage. First of all, a shoe box should be painted with paint and allowed to dry. Usually you have to apply several layers, it all depends on the original background of the box. Then you should make a composition of napkins with a suitable pattern or pattern. After a careful fitting, you need to attach a napkin to the box face up and gently apply glue to it with a brush. There is no need to apply glue under the napkin. Thus, all the elements of the picture are glued. After complete drying, varnish is applied. You can paint the elements yourself with paints to hide the places where the pictures are combined and give the image a finished look. Another layer of varnish - and the work of art is ready.
It should be noted that if the box is glossy, then you need to first get rid of the top layer with sandpaper.
Buttons are one of the very effective materials for decoration due to their variety of shapes, colors, sizes. Boxes can simply be completely glued with buttons, you can only glue the lid, or some separate side, or you can lay out a certain pattern or pattern from the buttons. To simplify the work, the first layer of buttons can be glued by spreading them face down on the table, grease the box surface with glue, attach to the buttons and press firmly. You will have to work hard on the next layer of buttons, gluing each separately to hide all the gaps. If you decide to depict any pattern, first the surface of the shoe box will need to be covered with either paint, paper or cloth. Then draw an image on the surface and paste over with buttons.
Similarly, you can decorate a cardboard box with coins, sequins, beads, rhinestones, matches, sticks for counting, colored pencils.
Each decor method has its own nuances.
There are always pros and cons to working with different materials (see table)
|Decor method||Auxiliary tools and materials||Features of work|
|Paper box coating||scissors, pencil, ruler brush, varnish,||PVA glue, stationery knife||make quick and easy, materials available|
|Tightening with fabric, ribbons, etc.||Soap for marking, glue or double-sided tape||rich appearance, good for making caskets|
|Decoupage||acrylic paints, sandpaper, carved drawings,||painstaking work requiring skill and patience|
|Acrylic Painting||paints, brushes, varnish, simple pencil,||sandpaper||the manufacturing process is delayed due to the need to wait until each coat of paint and varnish dries|
|Using buttons, sequins, coins, rhinestones and similar materials||transparent adhesive moment, paper or fabric for the base||the original appearance of the finished product, the work will require diligence, since it will take a lot of time to glue small parts|
The exciting process of turning a plain box into a work of art for everyone can be a very useful hobby. It’s better not to dwell on one thing, but to try different methods of decor. To do this, you will need a lot of time and patience, but the end result is undoubtedly worth the effort.