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"Learn from Yesterday; Live for Today" Storage Box

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

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"Learn from Yesterday; Live for Today" Storage Box

designed by Micaela Spiggle

These storage boxes are perfect gifts for graduates or anyone else in need of some inspiration.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Lilac (DAO32)
  • Sweet Mint (DA317)
  • Victorian Blue (DAO39)
  • Zinc (DA304)

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

  • Urban Ink - Beliefs (6" x 9") (PYU25)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • #12 flat brush
  • cosmetic sponges
  • papier mâché box (square)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use a #12 flat brush and Victorian Blue to paint the lid. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and Zinc to paint the bottom of the box. Rinse brush.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Place the Urban Ink - Beliefs Stencil so the feather is in the bottom center. Dip a cosmetic sponge into a small amount of Sweet Mint and a small amount of Snow White. Lightly pounce on the feather. Dip the same sponge into just Sweet Mint and pounce around the edges. Wash stencil.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use the same stencil and place where the words will be (off to the upper left). Load a new cosmetic sponge with Lilac and pounce on the quote "Learn From Yesterday; Live For Today". (See photo for placement.) Wash stencil.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Dip the handle end of a #12 flat brush into Lilac to make large far-spaced dots around the perimeter of the lid. Wipe off the handle. Use the same brush handle and Zinc to add smaller dots in between the larger Lilac ones. Wipe off the handle.
    Step 3 Example