Adults can have fun creating these bird themed boxes. Designs are stenciled onto Aida cloth with paint and then decoupaged onto the boxes. These boxes are great for organization or inspiration in any room.
Step 1 Use lids as a template. Place the lids face down onto the center of the back side of the cardstock. Trace lid with a pencil and cut out with an X-ACTO® knife. Trim paper to fit the sides of the lid. Use Mod Podge® to adhere papers to the lids and let dry. Ink along top rim with an ink pad.
Step 2 Measure out the Aida cloth to go around each box with half-inch overlap at the end and an extra inch at the top. Cut with scissors.
Step 3 Flatten the Aida cloth on a clean surface. Place stencil near the center and pounce on paint with a sponge dabber. Carefully lift off stencil and work on a section further down on the Aida cloth. Let paint dry. Go back and stencil in any other areas you want to hold some design. When the paint is completely dry, cut vertical slits along the top and the bottom of the cloth about every inch. Use Mod Podge® to adhere the Aida cloth onto the boxes. (You may need to apply a heavier application for the cloth to remain in place.) Fold the top portion over the rim and on the bottom of the box. Let dry overnight.
Step 4 Cut about three or four yards of baker's twine. Fold in half and wrap once around the lid of a box. Slide the ends through the center loop, separate the ends and wrap them two or three times around the lid. Knot, slide on a button and knot again. String a button onto each of the ends, knot and trim.
Aida cloth is used for counted cross-stitch, but makes a great surface for stenciling. Wear a pair of disposable gloves when handling the Aida cloth, especially when decoupaging it onto the boxes. Hold stencils firmly in place and use a pouncing motion when stenciling. Refer to photo.
Crafted for Michaels by Marie Vetrano courtesy of Darice®.