Are you like me, and love looking at the beautifully decorated homes in House Beautiful but then scoff at the prices of the suggested accessories? Well, then this post is for you! Because this DIY cost only $8 and took less than 20 minutes to complete! There are tons of ways to accessorize and beautify your home with budget-friendly decor! And this DIY is a great one to try out if you want a quick and easy project!
This past weekend, when Jack was down and B was out on a walk I got to do a quick little DIY that I have been itching to do for a long time. I have always loved the look of marbled boxes but let’s be honest. A $100 box is sooo not going to happen in our house…I mean for $100 I can make a custom headboard!
So let’s get started!
HOW TO MAKE A DIY MARBLED BOX
box (free any size cardboard box–the stiffer the better, Nike tennis shoes boxes work great too!) I used this one that came with Jack’s birth announcements
Decorative piece of paper mine is from here
X-acto knife or scissors
Spray adhesive (optional) and ModgPodg (mandatory)
Cutting board or a cutting-safe surface
1.) Measure out the top of your box and the edges. Picture the edges of the top being flattened out, and add that measurement to the width and length of your box. See the diagram below. Add 1/4″ to each side so you can create a nice lip. Or you can cut it right to the edge on the top like I did (easier).
2.) Trace the edges lightly on your piece of marbled paper. Select the part of the paper that you want on top. I wanted a large variety of colors displayed on the top of the box, so I centered my cut out on that part of the paper.
4.) Now, you are going to want to center the top of the box on the piece of paper you cut out. You are going to want to spray the top of the box and then put the box flat against the paper to secure it. To ensure that it is placed perfectly center, mark the sides of the box on the paper where you want it placed prior to spraying the adhesive.
5.) Spray the box in a well-ventilated area on a surface that can get sticky. I used a broken down cardboard box from our recycling bin. First do the top, and then the sides of the box (opposite sides first.) Then the other two sides. Press the paper to the adhesive until it sticks (30 seconds to 1 minute.) UPDATE: You are going to want to ModgPodg the sides of the top on. The spray adhesive does not hold it well enough! The spray adhesive is fine for the bottom of the box, bottom sides, and top of the box; but not the top sides.
6.) To get nice sharp corners without a fold, and without any of the cardboard box showing through cut the edges of the paper underneath (you are going to place on piece of paper over the top of the other to create a nice edge) cut it a little larger than to the edge (like below.)
7.) Then repeat process for the bottom of the box. And VOILA!
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