DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

By Gabrielle. Photos and Styling by Amy Christie

Sometimes, I’m just in the mood to make something, so I come up with a project just because. This is one of those projects. Happily, this project happens to be stunning, and would make an excellent gift!

The boxes themselves are pretty fantastic, but fill them with some poppy pencils or note cards, and they’re even better. Make one for your mother. For your child’s teacher. For your best friend. Or just keep one on your own desk — they’re so pretty, they’re hard to part with.

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

I wish you could all come to my house to see these because, believe it or not, they are even more beautiful in person. I was even surprised at how lovely they turned out to be. And the how-to is so simple!

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

With a little tape and your favorite color scheme, you’re set to begin making beautiful designs.

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

Come see this simple project unfold!

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

Supplies:

– wooden pencil or artist box (I used this one and this one from Amazon.)
– paint
– tape
– sealant, optional

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

Decide on a design and use the tape to create it. Make sure to stick down the tape well to keep the lines clean. Remember, the tape will protect the wood, leaving it without paint. I used blue painter’s tape for everything. I cut it down to narrow strips for the larger triangles. Worked great.

Add paint in your desired colors and allow to dry completely.

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

Peel away the tape to reveal the design. Add a sealant if you desire or leave it as is. I loved the flat color against the wood.

DIY: Pretty Painted Pencil Boxes. Good looking on your desk, and they make a great gift!   |   Design Mom

And that’s it! Can you believe how simple? The only time consuming part is deciding on a design and trimming the tape to create it — but that’s the fun part too!

If you decide to make one, let me know. I want to see a show-and-tell of all your pretty painted boxes.

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