I picked up some inexpensive cardboard boxes at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago with no real plan in mind …
This stuff keeps popping up on my radar – whether in a fellow blogger’s post or as part of a project demo on The Nate Berkus Show. Couple that with a plethora of book page projects circulating around the blogosphere and it seemed like a no-brainer to marry the two — Mod Podge and books — for a holiday craft project.
And I knew just the book to sacrifice …
Now I’m not one to desecrate a book. I cherish the written word and revere books, authors, publishers, and bookstores. I love the smell and feel of a book in my hands … carefully removing the dust jacket of a newly published hard cover novel and opening the spine for the first time …
But this particular title eluded me. Sorry Oprah, but I couldn’t get past page 349 …
But enough with my mystery book rant. It’s time to get messy …
Now keep in mind that I haven’t decoupaged anything since, like, the fifth grade or so … and trust me, fifth grade was a very long time ago.
I gathered my supplies ..
Lesson #1: Apply the glue to the pieces of paper first and then attached to the box. Then add a layer of Mod Podge on top …
Lesson #2: Cover the box with large pieces first and glue on like wrapping a present …
Lesson #3: Go ahead and use your hands to smooth out bumps and air bubbles. Messy? Yes. But much more effective than relying solely on the foam brush.
The jury is still out about whether or not I’ll give them a coat of poly. I’m worried that it might yellow the paper too much for my liking …
Once dry, I wrapped the boxes with book page ribbons and bows. I found the bow tutorial at the Spotted Sparrow (click here) and will share my own post later this week.
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