Boy's Applique Paper Maché Boxed Set
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Boy's Applique Paper Maché Boxed Set

Plain paper mache boxes are turned into darling storage containers for toys or keepsakes with cardstock and embellishments.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Paper Maché Oval Box Set, Large
  • Tim Holtz® Cardstock – Adirondack Collection
  • Acrylic Paint – Yellow, Brown, Navy, Apple Green, Napa Red and Tan
  • Wood Cutouts, Small – Star or Shape of Choice
  • Ribbon, 5/8" – Cream or Color of Choice
  • Buttons – Assorted
  • Wood Alphabet, Small – Tags or Style of Choice
  • Ink Pads – Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange
  • Foam Brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Sharpie® Paint Pens, Extra-fine – Black and White
  • Tape Runner
  • X-ACTO® Knife
  • Scissors
  • Low Heat Glue Gun
  • Cricut® Die Cutting Machine (Optional)
  • Cricut® Cartridges (Optional)

Project Instructions

Step 1 Paint the box lids brown and let dry completely. Paint another coat onto the lids. Let dry.

Step 2 Choose a paint color for each box. Let dry between coats. (Two or three coats of paint may be needed.) Refer to photo.

Step 3 Choose cardstock from the Tim Holtz® Adirondack Collection to use for the appliqués.

Step 4 Choose clip art images, coloring book images, stencils or create your own to fit onto each of the boxes. You can also use a Cricut® to cut images from cardstock.

Step 5 Trace images onto cardstock. Lightly sand some of the areas on the shapes. Ink the edges with an ink pad.

Step 6 Use glue or a tape runner to assemble the appliqués. Use Sharpie® paint pens to create stitches along the edges of the shapes. Embellish with buttons and stars. You can trace and cut out one of the wood stars on cardstock.

Step 7 Attach appliqués to each box. Add stitch marks to the boxes with a Sharpie® paint pen. Refer to photo.

Step 8 Attach ribbon around the lids with a tape runner.

Step 9 Choose alpha tags to spell out a color or names of the appliqué shape. Ink the edges of the tags. Attach a small brad to each letter. Arrange and glue to the ribbon on each lid. Refer to photo.


Let paint dry on boxes before painting an additional coat on them. Use stencils or download images to create appliqués. White buttons can be colored using markers or ink pads. Refer to photo.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Marie Vetrano courtesy of Darice.