How to Decorate Wood Boxes

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How to Decorate Wood Boxes
Unfinished wood is the perfect candidate for decorations. (wooden box image by ril from

Decorating wood boxes is a good idea to brighten up any unfinished wood exterior. Stamping designs onto the box can ensure precision decor with ease. A personalised wooden box is a great gift and can be a creative activity to be shared with others. Just be sure to plan out the designs before randomly stamping patterns and images on the box to give a more coherent design and add overall beauty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Stamps
  • Pigmented ink
  • Stamp paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pigmented markers
  • Hand-crafted paper
  • Glue stick

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  1. 1

    Lightly sand the surface of the box with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe off excess debris with a rag.

  2. 2

    Spray clear acrylic spray to seal the wood.

  3. 3

    Pick out the stamps to decorate the box.

  4. 4

    Stamp with pigmented ink rather than water-based inks as water-based ink will bleed when stamped. Pigment ink can be heat embossed or heat set whereas stamping paint can be applied to the stamp with a sponge. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for precision stamping. Also, pick colours that are dark enough to show on the box.

  5. 5

    Stamp the box, being careful not to smudge the ink. If there are any spots that you wish to darken, wait until the ink has completely dried before darkening the sections with paints or pigmented markers designed for wood surfaces. Let the ink and paint completely dry.

  6. 6

    Line the interior of the box with handcrafted paper. Glue the paper with a glue stick to avoid any wrinkles.

  7. 7

    Spray a coat of clear acrylic spray over the box to protect the design.

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