Make your own Paper Maché Box Wedding Favors for an inexpensive yet special gift! This tutorial will get you on your way!
It’s no secret that I’m in love with paper maché boxes! They’re inexpensive and can be decorated in so many different ways. Let’s make some Paper Maché Box Wedding Favors!
It all begins with these pretty boxes. I found mine here, but you can find these at most major craft stores as well as online.
These boxes are 3 inches in diameter (3″ x 3″ square), and take paint wonderfully! I wrote a popular tutorial on how to paint paper maché boxes on my Pet Scribbles blog, so make sure you pop over to read it!
The first thing I did was to give two quick coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints to each box. The colors used are Escape (the pretty blue shade), and New Life (the pretty green shade).
I found these adorable craft mirrors on ConsumerCrafts.com, and chose a size that would be smaller than the top of each box, as shown below.
After the paint dried – which was very quick – I decided to dust the boxes with some gold glitter glue. I had some Stickles on hand, so I just squirted some out onto wax paper and used a stencil brush to quickly cover each box, as well as the edges of both lids.
For making lots of wedding favors, I’d suggest purchasing some gold glitter glue, which can be found at your craft store. Using a glitter glue rather than straight glitter means that you won’t have gold glitter everywhere, nor will your guests! The glitter – once dry – stays on the box and doesn’t come off! There’s many different brands available.
I knew I wanted white tulle netting on the top of each box, perfect for a wedding!
I measured and cut three equal pieces of netting for each box, all of them longer than the width of the box. (The tulle netting I used is from my own vintage stock, but you can find similar netting at the craft store.)
I placed the three pieces on top of each other, one vertical, one horizontal, and one at a 45-degree angle, then glued them to the top of each box with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, which is a fantastic glue to use when you need to attach things that aren’t that easy to adhere together.
Place the mirrors on top of the netting, centered on the top of each box lid, and gently press down so it also adheres to the glue. (You can also lift up the lid and press from the underside of the box lid as well – so you would have one hand on each side of the lid pressing together.) Let dry before proceeding to the next step.
To make the tulle netting curl up and about, I used Beacon Stiffen Stuff.
Because I didn’t want to get this solution onto the mirrors, I kind of made up this “how-to” step – but it worked!
I sprayed a small amount of Stiffen Stuff onto the palm and fingers of my rubber-glove-covered hand, then gently crushed and bent the netting until it began to take shape. Once you’re happy with how it looks, set it aside to dry well.
As a final touch, I dusted some gold glitter glue onto the netting as well as the mirror on each box. Then I glued a faux flower onto each box.
I love how they turned out!
You can make these paper maché box wedding favors to coordinate with your wedding colors easily, as paints come in so many shades and colors these days!
Here’s how the boxes look from the side:
And just by changing out your embellishments, you could adapt these for any time of year too. (Think of using faux holly berries or a pine sprig for a holiday wedding, for example!)
Just had to show you my daisies which are in full bloom right now! Daisies are an easy flower to use for weddings — stick a bunch inside of painted mason jars for easy centerpieces!