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How to cover a box with paper - Just CANT do it!
I have a small square box with a lid, which I would like to alter.
I wan't to cover it with paper, but what ever I do it looks messy, uneven and raggy!
What I need is a step by step instruction list, but I can't find one.
If anyone has a link or some advice, i wouls SO appreciate it!
Have you tried using double sided tape to stick the paper down?
Inking the edges gives a better finish as well.
Sorry, but don't know of any links.
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to cover a box
You could try
painting the box with emulsion paint just a thin coat.. let it dry
then use a thin mix of PVA glue a side at a time
and cover with a paper napkin ( if it is three ply peel apart) as you only need one
I use a pattern. stick it to the box and use a sharp knife and cut each side smooth down of crumple it a bit to get the texture, do this on all the sides.
leave to dry. and use the inks to distress and stamp or finish with gold rubbing paste to add lusture.
I do this to tissue box and the round bit is quite stong and robust.
have a go see what you think
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Sorry i'm not great at explaining ~ but if you are trying to cover your box completely it will never work.
I used a similar method as Magpie described above but using patterened paper ~ cutting the paper slightly smaller than the area i wanted to cover ~ the acrylic paint acted as an 'edge' to the corners. The lid of the box was painted cornflower blue and the base of the box was painted in wheat. Hope the pictures explain better than my instructions!
Thanks for this thread. I have 3 boxes sitting here waiting for me to cover them and I was wondering where to start! Thaks you guys.
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This may not be the solution but i'll throw this idea in anyway.
When I want to cover something especially if its an awkward shape, I cover with pva glue and small torn up strips of tissue paper. My preferred way is to have large pieces of tissue and scrunch it up. I add it to the boxes or object and keep it wrinkled. Paint over the whole thing when dry and highlight the raised wrinkles with metallic wax or similar.
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I've been on a couple of day schools for this and I'm sure I've got the instructions somewhere!! If you can wait 'til after this weekend I'll find them for you ... they cover the box entirely and the results are flat and smooth ...if that's what you want, of course! PM me with an addy if you'd like them.
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Great tips, thanks. I always get in a muddle when I try to cover box.
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I have painted and stammped kitchen roll when its dry seperate the layers this is the same as using paper napkins. Gives you great results. Good luck
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Ooo I've just found a hexagonal box so I'm gonna try this!
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I have decorated a few boxes and bits and bobs including some with decopatch paper, can be seen in my gallery. The clock and wine box was done using paper and mod podge. I found it easy to do, i also find that if the paper is overlapping the edge use sand paper to remove the excess, it gives a cleaner edge than cutting it with scissors.
I like using my Xyron machine...I have the 900 / Creation Station so I can get a big piece through it. Then just wrap it like a present, really.
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