Chalky Finish Butterfly Gift Boxes

Chalky Finish Butterfly Gift Boxes

Posted by DecoArt on May 11th 2014

I love creating something special for a gift, and when I can create the box to put the gift in too...well...that is extra special.  Paper mache' boxes are a great way to "wrap" a gift. You can customize the boxes in any color you would like, and embellish the tops in a zillion ways. I wanted to try out the Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint on these boxes, and then distress them a bit. I absolutely adore how they turned out.

Items Needed:

  • Paper Mache Boxes
  • Foam Dauber
  • Decorative Faux Butterflies
  • Decorative Faux Green Leaves
  • Gue Gun

Instructions:

The Chalky Finish paint is gorgeous and the little bit of distressing to the boxes adds a bit to the botanical feel of these little beauties. These would make a wonderful spring gift idea for parties or a special someone.

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The Chalky Finish paint is gorgeous and the little bit of distressing to the boxes adds a bit to the botanical feel of these little beauties. These would make a wonderful spring gift idea for parties or a special someone.

I chose these three gorgeous colors, and applied 2 coats pf the Chalky Finish paint to each paper mache' box.

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Lovely colors! Once they were completely dry, I simply used a small sanding block with a fine grain, and gently went around the edges of the boxes to distress them a bit. This gives these paper mache' boxes a worn look, which is just what I wanted.

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Next, I used the Creme Wax in clear. I applied a light coat with the wax brush to both the tops and bottoms of the boxes. I allowed it all to dry, and then gently buffed the boxes with a clean, soft cloth. This gave the boxes a soft sheen and they really looked amazing!

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Now these alone are beautiful, but I wanted to add a little something on the top of each one. What is more springlike than a butterfly? I simply used my glue gun to add some green leaves, and then glued a beautiful faux butterfly on each box. I think these would make great little trinket boxes on a bookshelf.

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I think a little bird's nest on top would be sweet too, or maybe a spring flower. Can't you imagine opening one of these little boxes and finding a sweet gift inside?

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