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How to cover a paper mache box with fabric

Updated November 21, 2016

One way to customise a paper mache box is to apply fabric to the box. Because of the delicate nature of paper mache, you may be afraid to use ordinary glue on your project. To cover a paper mache box with fabric without the box warping or changing, easy-to-use and affordable spray adhesive makes covering your box quick and simple.

Make sure your paper mache box is completely dry before covering it in fabric. Depending on the method used to form the box, you may need a full 24 to 48 hours of dry time before adding any fabric to your box.

Measure the surface area on the outside of your box. To do this, take the length and width of each panel. Also, measure each side of the lid of your box. If desired, you can also take the measurements needed to add fabric to the panels inside your box.

Cut your pieces of fabric to size according to your measurements. For cleaner edges, you can add ½-inch to all sides of your fabric pieces before cutting. Then, fold your fabric under ½-inch on all sides to hide any frayed edges. Press with an iron to create clean edges on all sides of your box.

Shake the spray adhesive can well before using. Use the adhesive in a well-ventilated area. Hold the spray can at least six inches away from the box to avoid spraying to much moisture. Apply an even layer of adhesive to one of the panels of your box.

Apply the corresponding piece of fabric to the panel. Press flat to smooth any bubbles or wrinkles. Allow to dry for 3 to 5 minutes before applying adhesive to a neighbouring panel. Repeat until your entire box is covered.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper mache box
  • Fabric
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
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Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.