How to Decorate Wooden Craft Boxes

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How to Decorate Wooden Craft Boxes
Wood stain can give a decorative craft box a natural, finished look. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Wooden craft boxes are generally made of thin, inexpensive woods like pine, and in some cases, particleboard made of compacted wood chips and pieces. Designed to be relatively cheap for craft projects, craft boxes can be used as a way to express your artistic ability or to apply a personal touch to a simple box used to store small items or mementos.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pre-made rubber stamps (optional)
  • Hand-cut rubber stamps (optional)
  • Archival quality ink
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Paint sprayer
  • Sealant or fixative
  • Wood stain
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or matt knife
  • Straight edge
  • Fabric glue
  • Mementos or small objects
  • Wood glue

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    Stamp a wooden craft box with either pre-made stamps available from art supply stores or hand-cut stamps. Stamp the box in patterns using a ruler or straight edge to keep patterns even, or simply place a large stamp on the top of the box. For the best possible results, use archival quality inkpads that will not wear off with age or damage the wooden box.

  2. 2

    Paint wooden craft boxes with paint that complements your room decor or furniture where the box will be placed. Apply the paint with a brush or roller, or use a sprayer for a more even coat. After the paint has dried, coat the box with a sealant or fixative appropriate to the type of paint you chose. Alternately, you can use wood stain the same way you use paint for a more natural look, followed by a coat of appropriate sealant.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of fabric to the appropriate size of the inside of the box with a pair of scissors or matt knife and straight edge. Glue the fabric to the top and inside of the box to protect delicate items and decorate the inside.

  4. 4

    Glue mementos or small objects to the top and sides of the box with wood glue. Examples of items that could be glued to the box include seashells from a beach vacation or poker chips from a casino trip. Avoid using items that have a lot of value, as it may be difficult to remove them later on.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have never used a paint sprayer before, practice on a piece of scrap wood or a practice box. Using a paint sprayer is fairly simple, but it requires a bit of practice to apply an even coat.
  • Always use paint, stains and wood glue in a well-ventilated area or outdoors.

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