By: H. Iacobacci-Miller
you like the look of stacked hat boxes? Love the Victorian style?
Why not try this decoupage project. Not only can you add additional
storage, but you can add creative interest to any room. This project
is not limited to hat boxes only, it can be done with any sort of
storage box of any shape or style.
What you will need:
Paper Mache Boxes
or wooden Shaker style
- 2 different colors of acrylic craft paint
- Metallic acrylic craft paint in antique gold
- Decoupage medium
Brown Antiquing Gel or medium
- Foam brushes
- Scraps of Victorian-style wrapping paper, wallpaper or heavy
Spray clear coat
Gold foil paper banding
Gold wax finish
Optional: If you have fabric and trims that you would prefer
to use, you will need adhesive spray instead of decoupage medium.
You can use trims and fringes to embellish the edges to make your
box as elaborate as you dare.
Making your boxes:
- First things first, it is important to make sure that your
boxes are clean (dust free). An important note: If using wooden
boxes, lightly sand then wipe clean.
- Choose 2 or more boxes and paint with one of your choices of
color (minimum 2 coats). Paint your remaining boxes with your
second color choice (minimum 2 coats).
- Carefully cut out your images/designs from your wallpaper, wrapping
- Following the manufacturer’s directions, decoupage your
images/designs to your boxes. Note: if opting to use the gold
foil band, do not decoupage images to edges of lid.
- Option: Gold Band. Carefully place the gold foil around the
lid bands of each box to make sure the band fits as you want.
Once you have figured out your placement, adhere band with decoupage
- Option: Gold Wax Edges. For an antique gilt appearance, gently
rub gold wax along the edges of the boxes.
- Finishing Options:
For an additional gilt finish and texture, lightly sponge boxes
with gold acrylic paint.
For an antique finish and texture, sparingly apply antiquing
medium with a stencil brush. Note: the goal is to create an
uneven, aged finish. To accomplish this, try pouncing or swirling
the stencil brush instead of using even strokes. Antique finish
can be done with or without the gold acrylic paint.
- Once your antique finish is completely dry, spray your boxes
with clear coat or paint with decoupage medium to seal.
If you are looking for sources for supplies to make your Victorian
Boxes, try joann.com