Have you ever stopped to look closely at the tiny unfinished wood boxes sold at craft stores? These boxes comes in interesting shapes and sizes, and sometimes the plainest little box can take on a new life with just some paint and stencils.
Today’s project features a tiny square-shaped box. Nothing fancy: just 3.5 inches square with a teeny-tiny magnetic closure embedded in the lid and small hinges on the back.
Tiny Painted Wood Craft Box
Step One: Paint the lid – both inside and outside – with one coat of paint and let dry. I love using Multi-Surface paints for these projects, because they coat very well and dry quickly. In many cases, you will only need one coat.
Step Two: Paint the box – both inside and outside – with one coat of paint and let dry.
Step Three: Stencil a design on the lid of the box. Let dry.
I like this clock stencil because of the jagged edges that are part of the actual stencil, however I didn’t like the way it looked on this box lid. It needed something…
So I did what I always do in these situations . . . I sanded it to make it look distressed!
Step Four: Sand the top of the box to distress the stencil a bit.
Step Five: Using tiny glue dots, adhere a sequin to the middle of the stenciled clock design. I layered three sequins on top of each other. I love sequins!
I added some matching green shred to the inside.
And now I have a sweet little box for gift-giving!
I love how rich the paint looks – and remember that’s just one coat of paint – on both the inside and outside of the box.
Meanwhile, the top of the box contrasts nicely with the rest of the box due to its distressing.
These boxes make great little gifts, or you can use them as “part” of a gift and tuck something special inside!
Try painting and stenciling one of these boxes. It’s a great way to craft when time (or space) is limited, plus each box costs just a few dollars at the most — unless you find them on clearance like I did, in which case it’s time to stock up!