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DIY Paper Mache Gift Box

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
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Skill Level: Beginner


FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Titanium White, 2 oz.
Item #2938
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe satin finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

Mod Podge ® Glitter - Extreme Glitter, 8 oz.
Item #CS15066
Add extra sparkle to your next Mod Podge project! Build up multiple coats for glitter effect. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase.

Other Supplies
Recollections® Sugar Plum paper pad 297342
Round paper mache box
Craft knife
Wax paper
Flat brush ½”
Small wood doll head
Foam plates
Water basin
Paper towels


Get the supplies you need to make this project from your local Michaels!

  1. Paint lid of box Titanium White.
  2. Place lid on box and lightly trace around bottom edge of lid.
  3. Measure from pencil line to bottom of box for paper width.
  4. Select paper and cut out referring to box width.
  5. Measure depth of lid rim and cut paper.
  6.  Brush matte Mod Podge® onto one part of box and apply edge of paper band. Place wax paper over scrapbook paper and squeegee to smooth. Repeat process until paper is applied around entire box. If there is a gap between paper ends, cut a small strip from paper and apply vertically over gap for visual interest.
  7. Apply paper strip to rim of lid. Repeat paper application if there is also a gap. Let paper dry at least twenty minutes.
  8. Apply a coat of Extreme Glitter Mod Podge® over box and lid. Let dry before applying additional coats.
  9. Glue wood doll head to center of lid.
Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.