Polka Dot Paper Maché Boxed Set

Adults can have fun creating these polka dot painted boxes using paint and sponge dabbers. Use these boxes for organization or pure inspiration in a child’s room.

Crafted for Michaels by Marie Vetrano courtesy of Darice®.


  • Paper Maché Round Box Set, Large
  • Acrylic Paint – White, Pink and Apple Green
  • Wood Ball Knob, 3.8 cm (1½")
  • Wood Cutout, Small – Owl or Shape of Choice
  • Ribbon, 1.6 cm (5/8") Wide – Pink or Trim of Choice
  • Ribbon, Thin – Pink and Light Green
  • Cardstock – Pink, White and Light Green
  • Cricut® Die Cut Machine*
  • Cricut® Cartridge – Accent Essentials*
  • Ink Pads – Pink and Light Blue or Green
  • Foam Brushes
  • Sponge Dabber
  • Technical Pen – Black
  • Tape Runner
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Low Heat Glue Gun
  • *or Large Flower and a 5 cm (2") Circle Punch
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Step 1
Paint the box lids white and let dry completely. Paint another coat onto the lids. Let dry.

Step 2
Paint three of the boxes pink and two of the boxes green. Let dry between coats. (Two or three coats of paint may be needed.) Paint the wood ball knob pink and let dry.

Step 3
Apply polka dots to the boxes with a sponge dabber. Let boxes dry completely.

Step 4
Cut 5 cm (2") circles on the Cricut® using Accent Essentials cartridge and pink and light green cardstock. Cut 7.6 cm (3") flowers on both colours of the cardstock. (You will need a total of five circles and five flowers. Use the inside portion of the cut flower for this project.)

Step 5
Ink the edges of the circles and flowers with an ink pad. Attach a pink circle to the center of the green flowers and a green circle to the pink flowers. Hot glue a wood owl to the center of four of the circles and the wood knob to the center of the fifth circle.

Step 6
Attach a 1.6 cm (5/8") wide pink ribbon around the center of the four larger boxes with a tape runner or glue. Attach a thin pink or green ribbon to the center of the pink ribbon on the boxes.

Step 7
Hot glue a finished flower to the ribbon on the four larger boxes.

Step 8
Hot glue the flower with the wood knob to the center of the smallest box lid. Attach a 1.6 cm (5/8") pink ribbon around the small lid and tie a thin ribbon around the center of the ribbon into a small bow.

Step 9
Trim out 2.5 cm x 5 cm (1"x2") tags from white cardstock. Ink the edges with pink or light blue ink pads.

Step 10
Label the tags with a technical pen or stickers. Attach labels to each box, slightly tucked under the flowers. Refer to photo.


Let paint dry on boxes before painting an additional coat on them. Use a small amount of white paint on sponge dabbers when making the polka dots. Refer to photo.