Painted Paper Mache’ Box

So earlier I showed you what I created for Craftaholics Anonymous‘s Handmade Gift Exchange.

Now I’m back to show you how simple it is to paint your own paper mache’ box.

I went to Michael’s and bought a paper mache’ box.
It was actually already white instead of that normal brown color, but I painted it a few coats of white for a clean base coat.

I then used my cricut to cut out circles in different sizes to use as a stencil.
Used a cheery yellow and a sponge brush to fill in the stencil on the top of the lid.

I painted the top and the sides of the lid.

I was originally going to do a chevron pattern on the bottom of the box but decided I was just going to do a stripe instead. So I took some painters tape and tape off the stripes.

Here’s a tip: When using painter’s tape, take your base coat paint color, in this case white, and paint over the edges of the tape brushing down toward the edge. This will seal the tape and you will have little to no bleeding and nice clean lines.
You can also you a clear medium to do this as well.

I then painted the stripes in a watery blue color to contrast the yellow dots.

I also took my dot stencil to add something to the bottom of the inside of the box.

I like how it came out!

So fun and cheery together!

I added a ribbon handle to it by drilling holes into the side of the bottom.
This way, the box can be carried around wherever!

Told ya it is a simple project!

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  • Jennifer Dawn
    July 14, 2011 at 2:05 am

    So cute. The colors are so bright and cheerful!

  • Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    July 14, 2011 at 2:34 am

    That is adorable . . it makes me smile!!!

  • Heather @ Catfish Kisses
    July 14, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I love it! I think I'll use this tutorial for the card box at our wedding! Know what I'll be working on tomorrow 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!


  • Creative Raisins
    July 14, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Love this, the colors are fantastic

  • Farah Muzaffar
    July 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hi Allison… i am here first time and glad to find you… so cheerful and pleasant project love the colour you used and the result is great… I am going to follow you for further inspiring projects…
    Wish if you pay a visit to me at

  • Kadbury
    July 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    So fun! I love the colors together and how easy it is for something so cute : )


  • Mimi
    July 15, 2011 at 12:51 am

    How happy these colors are! I love this especially because I really enjoy simple beautiful things (I don't do complicated!)
    So happy you shared at Paisley Passions! Thanks for sharing – and bookmarking this!