DIY Home Décor – Monogrammed Box

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Ready for another DIY home décor idea? Here is a monogrammed box made with a painted and marblelized paper maché box.

This is another DIY home décor posting about my projects for staging my home for sale. I found this interesting paper maché box on our CreateForLess website and decided to glam it up a bit.

Here are the supplies I used:

* Please read the text below about why these may be optional.

After painting the outside of the box with three coats of DecoArt Americana Décor Satin Enamel Paint Soft Linen, I painted the inside with three coats of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint Glorious Gold. I used painter’s masking tape to mask off the ivory paint around the base so I could paint the trim…

and the bottom of the box. Note: It is important to remove the tape carefully and slowly by pulling the tape backwards at an angle close to the box. I pulled some of the painted paper mache off the box – in the front of course – and it was a challenge to cover it up with more paint.

My coworker Kim used her Silhouette machine to make a 4″ monogram for me using vinyl metallic gold paper. I removed the letters, cut a circle around the monogram, removed the paper on the back, and centered the monogram on the top of the box. In the future, I would leave the monogram intact, cut out the circle, center, apply it to the top, and then remove the letters. It was so floppy and hard to center, it took a dozen or more attempts.

I tried both a bristle and a foam stencil brush and chose the foam.

After burnishing the edges of the letters with my nail, I pounced the gold metallic paint on the monogram. Note: I would seriously consider skipping the painting of the monogram and just use the vinyl letters cut from the vinyl (removed earlier). It was very difficult to remove the vinyl circle because the paint dried into a layer of paint that was stuck to the vinyl. I had to use a craft knife to cut along the edges of the letters. Then, I had to spend a lot of time painstakingly touching up the paint.

I was finally satisfied with the monogram but it was a lot of work! To finish, my husband sprayed the sides of the box with Krylon Marbelizing Spray Gold Chiffon using the same technique he did for the Marbelized Coasters.

The front flap of the box is waiting for a Czech glass button with a dragonfly to arrive from the Czech Republic. It has been several weeks, so I will publish this blog without it – maybe someday it will show up! With its gold interior, the box will be a lovely place to store the remote controls to my flameless candles – instant hyyge!

P.S. The button finally arrived from the Czech Republic!


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About Ann

Ann works in Customer Service here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

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