This is a super-easy craft for any skill level! It's also an excellent introduction to wood painting.
Design ideas are endless... above I started with a plain wooden box, painted it brown, then gave it some Steampunk flavor with metallic copper and gold paints and a little brushed-on blue.
You find everything you need at your local craft store (both Michael's and JoAnn's carries these):
- small wood box ($1)
- 1 tube of All-Purpose Sealer (for preparing wood surfaces). Brand I used: Delta Ceramcoat
- Acryllic paints in desired colors (comes in tubes, about 89 cents and up)
- Paint brushes (for acryllic paint, use nylon bristles, not natural hair) - 1 detail brush, one 1/2-centimeter wide flat brush, squared or angled
- Sand paper
- Mod Podge (for finishing coat, if desired)
- disposable cup with water
- paper towel (for wiping brushes)
- a palette (can use a clean piece of scrap plastic or cover a small dish with plastic wrap)
- Sand down any splinters and rough spots.
- Apply one coat of sealer to the outside sides and top of the box, let dry
- Paint! Let dry between coats.
- Finish with Mod Podge, if desired. Only apply Mod Podge to the top and sides, do not cover the inside or bottom because the surface can stick.
- Hot-glue a rectangle of felt to the inside bottom.
- Hot-glue a tiny mirror onto the inside of the lid.
- Use chalkboard paint on the top so you can write messages on it!
- Mod Podge a collage of pictures or scrapbook paper on the box.
- Paint a box blank, then add rub-on metallic paint to make it look like metal
- Add glitter! (apply with white glue)