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DIY Decoupage Paperboard Box for Home Decor

When a body shops second-hand, you start to see trends of what gets donated, what gets bought, and what gets left behind. One of those things I notice that meets all those qualifications are these crafty paperboard boxes. They’re used for many things, and this one’s previous use is as a purchase box. However, today I am going dress this one up. A DIY decoupage adventure is happening now. woot!

Crafty Paperboard Box Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Why am I interested in this box? Well, do you see the blank slate it is? Remove the label and we’re ready to go.

DIY TIME

My first order of business is to give it a base coat of paint. I wanted to use a springy color, so this soft green works perfectly. It’s the same color I use on my salvaged chair decor in this recent post. Isn’t it pretty? The inside got a soft pink contrast.

Painting Paperboard Box with Green Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy

Then, once the paint dries, it’s time to get the decoupage party started. I’ve used these gorgeous decoupage papers in a couple past projects, a goose turned swan, and a scrappy fun coat rack. I simply thin a bit of school glue, brush on a layer, lay the paper, and then brush over the paper.

Applying Jim Holtz Decoupage Paper on Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Here’s my simple reveal for this DIY decoupage project. It really made my heart happy to bring birds into this project…and a spring vibe.

Vintage Style Home Decor in Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #home #homedecor #spring

 

DIY Decoupage Gift Box with Spring Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #spring #decoupage

Nest: (noun\’nest\) a place of rest, retreat, or lodging, HOME. I love this definition. It’s so fitting for making your house your home. Plus, the nest graphic from here suits it perfectly.

Bird Decoupage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #birds #vintage #diy #home

Vintage Style Decoupaged Storage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #birds #vintage

In addition, I wish I had smell-o-vision because that hyacinth is intoxicating! You can see what I like to do with those vases in this upcycling post. Next, for the top I had to add a bit of vintage topping. A vintage doily and a faceted glass knob does the trick perfectly.

Doily Topped DIY Decoupage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #doily #vintage #handmade #home

Glass Knob on DIY Decoupage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #bling #home

Last, for the inside, I tucked in my stash of vintage embroidered hankies. You could tuck most anything inside here. Also, you can use it most any room too.

Vintage Hankies Pile in DIY Decoupage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home

My goal…to inspire you to give DIY decoupage a try. Grab those thrifted finds and give them your own story.

Vintage Style DIY Decoupage Box with Birds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #decoupage #crafts

Likewise, pin and share my DIY decoupage tutorial to inspire others too.

Create your own home decor with this DIY Decoupage Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #diy #decoupage

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Comments

  1. Rebecca-NC says

    Beautiful!! Are these special papers or can any type be used? You’re right, I see these all the time. Wouldn’t it be pretty to do a set for a dresser or vanity? Another one out of the park!!😍

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Rebecca. You can use tissue paper (see HERE), napkins separated (see HERE), or pretty much any paper.

  2. Dale says

    So pretty Larissa!🌸 I love working with the boxes, all shapes and sizes. They are wonderful for gift giving. I fill them with granola, chocolates, pretty buttons or other little treasures. The possibilities are endless! I am always hunting for knobs for the lids. 🦋

  3. Marie B. says

    This hits my love for bird decor – so pretty and nice save!

    • Larissa says

      I was thinking of you. I miss my bird friends during winter. Though, thankful for cardinals, jays, etc. Saw our first robin!

  4. ColleenB.~TX. says

    Love the tweet birds on your box. I think many pass them up at thrift stores cause they just don’t know what to do with them.
    I have painted / decoupaged my share of these sort of boxes over the years. I used them mostly as gift boxes for birthday, anniversary, baby showers, Christmas. Decorated up for table centerpiece. These are real cute when decorated up for baby shower table decoration, etc.
    So, so many uses for these boxes.
    Have a great day and enjoy your weekend.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Colleen. They sure are fun to dress up and gift. Enjoy your weekend too. We’re expecting unusually warm temps…I’m ready! 😀

  5. Sandi Hodge says

    I have Three of these Boxes, Tucked inside each other.
    Now,! I know what I’m going to do with Them!
    Thank You So Much
    Sandi Hodge
    Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    Gwinn, Mi

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