I love when my storage and organization tools can look stylish! Unfinished paper mache book boxes from Darice can be transformed into customized DIY book storage boxes. By using paint and stencils you can create decor that is both functional and pretty to look at!
- Darice Small Paper Mache Book Box
- Darice Large Paper Mache Book Box
- Craft Paint in Various Colors
- Book Pages
- Darice Tape Runner
Step 1. To begin creating your DIY book storage, paint the outside surface of each box one color. Paint the inside of the box the same color as the outside. Let the first application of paint dry before applying the second layer of paint. Be careful not to use too much paint or the paper mache will distort slightly. Even, light layers of paint work best.
Step 2. Use stencils to add details to the outside of the DIY book boxes. To keep paint from “bleeding” under the stencil, tape the stencil in place, and paint over it with the base color. This helps “seal” the edges. Let it dry.
Add the desired color of paint over the stencil. Use light layers of paint and keep adding layers until you’ve achieved your desired color.
Step 4. Paint the other sides of the book with an antique white or cream paint to look like book pages. I used a stiff brush and only applied one layer of paint to create a page-like appearance on the box.
All that’s left to do now is fill the book boxes up with anything you like! Since you’re customizing this you can change the color or design to fit your style. Have fun crafting and creating with Darice paper mache products!
Paper mache boxes make the perfect base for decorative storage ideas. If you liked this book themed storage idea, you may enjoy these round decorative storage boxes accented with trendy paint colors and lace doilies.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.