Want to create a unique decorative box? See this step-by-step tutorial for how to decoupage on wood. It makes decorating a wooden box easy with this simple napkin technique.
I recently saw a beautiful wooden box in a boutique gift shop and thought it would be great for storing TV remote controls.
We had just remodeled our beach cottage, and the faded blue colors would be perfect. However, upon further inspection, I realized it was larger than the space I had in mind.
Then I saw some paper cocktail napkins with similar colors, and inspiration was sparked. The napkins were only $5.99, and I felt I could find a box for cheap at the thrift stores.
In addition, I had another napkin from Decoupage Lamp Project that I could combine with the new napkins to create the design I had in mind.
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How To Make DIY Decorative Box
How that I had the napkins, I would need to find a wooden box that would be appropriate for this project.
Shop Thrift Stores
With a new plan in mind, I measured the area where I wanted to use the box and scoured thrift stores for the perfect box.
Within a few days, I found a cute little cedar chest that had been reduced because of a damaged lid.
Since I planned to add the napkin decoupage technique to the box, repairing the damage with wood filler would be easy.
I began by repairing the damage with wood filler.
Then I gathered my paintbrush, chalk paint, scissors, and mod podge.
In addition, I added a small jewelry drawer pull to lift the lid easily.
Paint the exterior of wooden box
Because the wooden box was cedar and the napkin had a white background, it was necessary to paint the box’s exterior white.
I left the cedar interior untouched.
Decorating A Wooden Box
Next, it’s time to begin decorating the wooden box.
You can begin by separating the napkin layers. You only need the decorative top layer of the three-ply napkin.
Then cut the napkin into pieces that will fit on the box.
It’s best to test the napkin pieces before beginning the application.
How To Decoupage on Wood
How to decoupage on wood is basically the same technique as any other material.
However, you do want to seal the wood before applying the mod podge and napkin. Unfinished wood should be sealed with paint, stain, or clear sealer.
Follow your paint or sealer instructions for drying before beginning to decoupage on wood.
Apply Napkin Decoupage
Brush the area where the napkin will be applied with mod podge and carefully add the pieces.
Apply all pieces, including any decorative designs, to the wooden box. Brush a mod podge layer over each piece’s top to ensure it adheres.
Sand Edges of Napkin
Once the napkin and mod podge is completely dry, you may find that the edges of the napkin are more visible than you prefer.
You can diminish the appearance of the napkin edges by using fine-grit sand paper and lightly sanding until the design looks painted onto the wooden box.
Wipe the box carefully to remove dust and check for loose napkins’ edges.
If you have any loose pieces, you can apply another coat of mod podge to secure.
I added a clear wax to finish the box and create a smooth matte finish.
Just apply the wax over the entire surface of the decorative box and then buff until silky smooth.
Decorative Box with Napkin Decoupage
The box looks better than all those remote controls laying around the base of the TV.
There are so many possibilities when using napkins to create a decorative box.
The box can be used to hold game cards, stationary, jewelry, or other trinkets.
However, it works great for the remote controls as planned.
- Cocktails Napkins
- Small Wooden box
- White Paint
- Jewelry Drawer Pull
- Mod Podge
- Clear Wax
- Paint Brush
- Sand Paper
- Paint the wooden box white allow to dry
- Separate Napkin using only the decorative top layer
- Cut the napkin to fit the box design
- Apply napkin with mod podge allow to dry.
- Sand edges of the napkin with fine grit sandpaper
- Apply clear wax and buff until smooth.
- Add drawer pull.
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