Mache Boxes Make Great Gift Boxes

With the holidays literally upon us, I thought I would share some fun paper mache box ideas that are perfect for use as small gift boxes. These were fun and easy to paint and I basically just sketched the ideas directly on the boxes and then chose some of my favorite paint colors…I challenge you to create some of your own.

All you will need is a 4″ Square Box, 4-1/2″ Heart Box, 5″ Oval Box, and a 4″ Hexagon Box, or whatever size box you may have on hand. Along with acrylic paint and your creative imagination, you too can create some fun gift boxes for this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!

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Quick and Easy Christmas List Ornaments

Are you looking for a quick Christmas ornament idea? Well, have I got the project for you. Turn our 1-1/2″ Wooden Spools into a Christmas Wish List to hang on your tree. All you need is some red paint, ribbon or twine, and a Christmas List that you print out from your computer.

The fun thing about the list is, you could make it your child’s actual list and put the year on the bottom and make one each year…how cute would that be?!

All you need to do is paint your spool red, I chose to use Santa Red. This may take two coats for total coverage, but remember that the paper will cover the majority of the spool, so don’t worry too much. I then typed up a Christmas List on my computer and printed it out…I just made sure to have a bit of extra space between the items for easier reading. I then trimmed the paper to be 1-1/2″ wide and approximately 4″ long. Then I just glued them into place making sure to leave some of the list hanging down. The finishing touch is to thread some ribbon or twine through the ends and you are good to go.

A fun and easy ornament that can be completed in no time at all and will look adorable hanging on your Christmas tree!

Happy Painting and Merry Christmas!

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Purple Snowman

Resin snowman holding a tree

I had my eye on our resin snowman surface for a while now because it reminds me of the beginning of December when it starts to get really cold and I get all excited to put my Christmas decorations up and get my fake (but cute) little tree out from storage. I chose some soft but fun colors that I thought looked nice together and I set to work. A large part of the fun for this type of craft is simply picking the colors and then whipping out the paint brushes. What’s great about our resin surfaces is that they are ready to paint—no sanding or priming needed!

These are DecoArt Americana Acrylic colors that I used: Warm White #13239, Pink Chiffon #13192, Wisteria #13211, Purple Cow #13262, Coral #13294, Celery Green #13208, Terra Cotta #13062, and Traditional Burnt Umber #13221.

I tried to keep this project super simple and didn’t get too fancy, as I usually get carried away with adding details. The only blending or mixing of colors was Pink Chiffon into Warm White on the apples of the cheeks, the hat trim near the face, and the ends of the scarf. The rest of the areas of the snowman are just flat colors (no shading or highlighting). Craft projects don’t have to be detailed to look good!

I hope you’re inspired to get painting and pick your own unique color palette!

 

 

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