Craft Ideas for Decorating a Metal Box

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Craft Ideas for Decorating a Metal Box
Use basic craft supplies to make functional and decorated metal boxes. (Open tea box with spoon image by Ungor from Fotolia.com)

Metal boxes make ideal surfaces for crafting and decorating. Not only are they inexpensive and easy to find, they are almost indestructible, so you can be sure your project will last a long time. When you decorate a metal box, be sure to use supplies that work well with metal. Spray paint, rub-ons, stickers, metal paint and paint markers all work well. You can find everything you need to decorate a metal box, including the box itself, at a craft store. After the box is complete you'll have a storage item that is ideal for displaying in a living room or bedroom.

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Painted Stacked Boxes

Select three metal boxes with lids in graduated sizes. Stack the boxes to be sure they look good together. Choose gloss finish spray paint in three complementary colours for the boxes. Wipe the boxes with a cotton rag or paper towel soaked in vinegar to remove any oils or debris. Take the boxes and paint outside and place a piece of cardboard on the ground to protect the grass. Remove the lids and spray each box and lid a different colour. Let dry, then add a second coat. Let the paint cure for 24 hours before using the box to store small items in a bedroom, living room or kitchen.

Metal Box Purse

Choose a metal box with a handle–such as a lunch box. You can find new, plain white lunch boxes at the craft store, or you can recycle an old metal one from a thrift shop. Cover the handle with masking tape to protect it from paint. Spray the metal lunch box with glossy spray paint in your favourite colour, and allow it to dry. Decorate with rub-on images or stickers, then spray with clear gloss sealer. Allow the sealer to dry completely before using the box.

Metal Luminaria

Use a marker to draw a decorative pattern or shape on each side of a metal box. Add water to the metal box until it is 1 inch from the top edge and freeze it overnight. Remove the box from the freezer. Use a hammer and awl to poke holes through the metal along the marked line, spacing the holes about a 1/2 inch apart. When you are happy with the design, let the ice melt. To use, insert a candle or battery-operated light and place along a path or walkway. These look lovely when displayed in clusters.

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