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Decou-Paged Boho Storage Boxes

By: Dear Creatives
February 3, 2016

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Decou Paged Boho Storage Boxes
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This is the perfect project for getting your office organized and giving all those messy papers or photos a pretty box to be stored in. You can label your boxes as needed when your project is done or leave them unlabeled.

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lemon Yellow
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Blue Violet
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Tribal
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Ikat
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Moroccan
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Mushroom
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - True Blue
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Safari Life
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Legacy
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Wooden Storage Boxes
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Notes:

- Take care not to touch papers until they are dried once glue is applied.

- When smoothing out wet Decou-Page papers be gentle and move slowly, when getting rid of air bubbles as not to tear the wet paper.

- Do not over glue.

- Do not paint until outside of Decou-Page papers have been glued for a finish, and that finish is completely dry.

Gather all your supplies. Cover your surface area with something protective. I use a thin sheet of wood. You can use an opened up garbage bag too!  Pick out pretty Decou-Page papers of your choice. I just love the boho theme, bright colors and being able to mix and match! Don't you?!

Instruction #2 - Docou-Page Papers And Decou-Page Matte Glue-Finish
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First thing you'll want to do after  you pick the color combo you want to put together is size your paper pieces to your project. I find it more accurate to fold over areas I am working on. 

Instruction #3 - Folding decou-page  paper over edge to size IMG 8152
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Give it a nice sharp edge.

Instruction #4 - Folded paper ready to be cut IMG 8153
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Work a section at a time. Then cut to size. Don't worry about it being perfect. Slightly bigger is always better than too small. You can trim after gluing.

Instruction #5 - Cutting decou-page papers IMG 8154
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Next add Americana Decou-Page glue to smooth wood surface. 

Instruction #6 - Adding decou-page glue to storage box IMG 8167
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Next add glue to back of the paper.

Instruction #7 - Adding decou-page glue to paper IMG 8171
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Work only one section at a time, working slowly as not to tear paper.

Instruction #8 - Adding decou-page paper to storage box top - pressing out air bubbles IMG 8172
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I like to add paper slowly. Lining up ends on one side then working my way across. I gently smooth out air bubbles with my hands or fingers. The paper is pretty strong but, when wet it can rip if you aren't gentle.

Instruction #9 - Glued decou-page papers to top of storage box IMG 8173
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Trim excess edges. Holding scissors at an angle will help you get close. Be careful when cutting by edge. Next Wipe scissors after each cut.

Instruction #10 - Trimmed edge of decou-page paper that was glued on storage box IMG 8177
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Repeat glue process for each section until you have covered all the areas you want in paper. 

When all your papers are on, brush with a finishing coat of Americana Decou-Page glue and let completely dry before moving on. Working in a warm room or with a fan on will help this process of drying.

Instruction #11 - Covering glued on paper with decou-page glue finish IMG 8187
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Grab some coordinating paint colors for sections you'd like to paint.

Instruction #12 - Americana Paints IMG 8195
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I used painters tape to give me a clean line. (Do not use tape on your paper surface. I did this for changing colors of painted surfaces.)

Use an angle detail brush for edging next to dried Americana Decou-Page paper surface. You can easily wipe clean with a paper towel that is slightly damp.

Instruction #13 - Taped off and painting front of box IMG 8199
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If you want to paint the inside of your box but, paper the bottom you will need to tape off the surrounding area to keep free of paint. This way the paper will be glued to the wood surface and not the paint surface.

Instruction #14 - Taped off inside of storage box for painting IMG 8205
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When you pull up the paint your surface will look like this. Then you can glue down your paper to complete the inside.

Instruction #15 - Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.25.30 AM
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I used several paint and paper combos to really give it that boho feel. I can't wait to share a few more projects with these papers.

Instruction #16 - Close Up of Boho Papers on office storage boxes IMG 8347
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Now you can have the office or craft room space you've always wanted by adding pretty Decou-Page papers to your storage or home décor. Think of all the other possibilities for these pretty papers! 

Instruction #17 - Close Up of Boxes Detail With Decou-Page Boho Papers on Office Storage Boxes IMG 8379
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Be sure to visit Dear Creatives  for more projects and to learn more about Theresa.

Comments

nice information

jim

January 29, 2018

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