- Step 1: Preparation
Make a box using white or colored cardstock following the
instructions in one of Aunt Annie's
Box projects. The samples shown in this project were
made using the
Plain deeper pattern in the Shirt Box
Select and print images to cut out and apply to the box. The
images can be from clip art collections, downloaded from websites or
scanned from books or magazines. The images used in this project
Dover Publications: Decorative Butterfly Illustrations CD-ROM.
Keep in mind the size of the box when selecting and printing the images. The
rectangular box made from the
Plain deeper pattern has a lid that is 2¼"
by 3½", so print enough 1" to 3" images to cover the box's
- Step 2: Seal
Seal the printed images with a light coating of white glue
thinned with a little water. Allow images printed from an ink jet
printer to dry completely before sealing. Mix the glue and water
using a craft stick and apply the mixture to the images with a foam
Tip: This coating will make cutting the images
easier and will reduce the bleeding of the ink jet inks. However,
some brands and/or colors of ink jet inks bleed more easily than
others. Experiment with images printed from your ink jet printer.
Increasing the drying time may reduce the bleeding.
Step 3: Cut
After the sealer has dried, roughly cut the images apart into
individual pieces. Using small sharp scissors,
cut around the edge of each image leaving an 1/8" or less margin of
Tip: Use a craft knife for very intricate
designs or to cut out any interior spaces.
- Step 4: Arrange Cutouts
Experiment with various arrangements of the cutouts on the box
lid. Use a repositionable glue to allow for easy placement and
removal of the cutouts. You can arrange the cutouts in a pattern, or
cover the surface completely, even overlapping the cutouts. Keep
experimenting until you are pleased with the design.
- Step 5: Glue
Glue the images in place using white glue diluted with a little
water. Press down on the images and rub over the surface with your
fingers to ensure good adherence to the box lid. Let the glue dry
completely before going on to the next step.
Tip: Pay special attention to the edges of the
cutouts. Be sure they are firmly adhered.
- Step 6: Finish
In a small plastic container with a lid, make a mixture of 3
parts white (PVA) glue to 1 part water. Mix with a craft stick.
Using a foam brush apply a light coating of the glue mixture to the
box's lid covering all the cutouts. The cutouts may pucker a bit from being wet. Don't worry
they should flatten-out as the glue dries.
After the first coat has dried completely, check for any edges
that are loose and glue them down. Apply additional coats of the
glue mixture until you have
the look you want. Usually 3 to 6 coats will be enough. Be sure each
coat dries completely before applying the next coat.
Tip: For a glossy finish, spray the finished
piece with a clear acrylic sealer.