Painted Boxes

May 8, 2014

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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1 Gillian May 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

So fun! What kind of paint did you use?

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2 Design Mom May 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

I used standard craft paint — the kind that comes in the little plastic bottles from Michaels or JoAnns. But I imagine fine art acrylics would work just as well!

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3 Kim May 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

That’s a great idea! Did you cut it the design (particularly the small triangles) with an x-acto knife?

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4 Christy@SweetandSavoring May 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

So creative, Gabrielle! I love the geometric designs.

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5 Jessica @ Little Nesting Doll May 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Did you use a craft punch to make all those triangles, or did you cut them each individually with scissors?

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6 Meagan May 12, 2014 at 2:32 am

So lovely these boxes! I’m guessing you cut the triangles with scissors, right?

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7 Sarita @TheOrange Gift Bag May 12, 2014 at 4:25 am

I love everything wood and this is just such a lovely way to make it more fun and lively. It’ s just super…certainly want to try this one.

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8 Cheryl August 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Thanks for the inspiration! I made a set over the weekend, too!

http://www.aprettycoollife.com/2014/08/diy-gift-painted-wooden-boxes.html?m=1

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