How to Make a Cardboard Angel Trinket Box

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How to Make a Cardboard Angel Trinket Box
Recycle a Christmas card by cutting out the angel image. (Christmas angel image by Pix by Marti from

Creating a cardboard angel trinket box is an easy craft that adults and children alike can make for personal or gift-giving purposes. Christmas cards are an excellent source for beautiful angel images and lend themselves well to recycling for this simple trinket box. Adult supervision is always required when using spray paint, and will be necessary to seal and finish the trinket box if the child has worked alone. All of the supplies for the angel box are available at craft and discount stores.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box with lid, 3 inches wide by 3 inches long by 1 1/2 inches deep
  • Acrylic paint, gold metallic
  • Paintbrush
  • School glue
  • Sponge craft brush
  • Angel image, 2 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide
  • Gold glitter
  • Glitter glue in squeezable tube, gold
  • Newspapers
  • Clear spray paint, high gloss

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  1. 1

    Paint the cardboard box and lid with metallic gold acrylic paint, using a paintbrush. Leave one outside end unpainted on the box and lid so the box/lid can sit on a surface. Paint the inside of the box and lid. Allow the box and lid to dry about 24 hours. Turn the box to a dry side and paint the end of the box/lid that was previously left unpainted. Allow paint to dry.

  2. 2

    Apply white school glue, using a sponge craft brush, over the top of the box lid. Press the angel image onto the glue, rubbing from the centre of the paper image toward the edges to create a good bond between the paper and painted box lid. Angel images are available from greeting cards, stationery, old calendars and Victorian scrap. According to Fire Frog's Decoupage Page, don't use: "Newspaper pictures and other mediums with poor quality ink. They will bleed colour when the glue is applied. The rule is--if you wet your thumb, run it over the picture and come away with colour on your thumb from the picture--don't use that picture."

    How to Make a Cardboard Angel Trinket Box
    Apply school glue over the top of the box lid. (glue bottle image by Bruce MacQueen from
  3. 3

    Spread another layer of glue over the top of the lid, this time covering the angel image. Sprinkle the box with a fine dusting of gold glitter. Allow glue to dry thoroughly, about two hours.

  4. 4

    Outline the angel image with the glitter glue by gently and evenly squeezing the glue tube. Avoid sudden globs by applying even, slow pressure to the glitter glue tube. Allow the glitter glue to dry about one hour.

    How to Make a Cardboard Angel Trinket Box
    Outline the angel image with gold glitter glue. (glitter glue pens image by Alison Bowden from
  5. 5

    Cover a garage floor or patio with newspapers and place the box on top. Turn the box and lid so that the insides are facing the newspaper. Spray the box and lid with high gloss spray paint in a well-ventilated, open garage or outside. Allow paint to dry for about 24 hours. Turn box and lid over and spray the inside of the box and lid. Allow paint to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Always spray paint outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. According to the government of South Australia's Safeguards information, the effects of improper spray painting include: "Burns to the skin or eyes. Vomiting and diarrhoea. Irritation to the nose, throat and lungs. Headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue." Long-term effects include damage to organs and the brain.

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