Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Up-cycled paper clip box tutorial!

Hi everyone! Today I'd like to share an up-cycled paper clip box tutorial that I put together for the Paperdvizhnik blog. This is super easy and could be used for any type box that you might have.

To begin, I wanted to make something for the Holiday, so I decided on a Christmas tree. From here, I gathered up a bunch of supplies that I thought would go together well.

Once my supplies were gathered, I applied gesso to the paper clip box.
Once the gesso was dry, I applied some paint to a cut out star and the paper clip box. I then shaded around the edges.
After applying color to the sides of the box, I smeared the color with my finger and then did some light stamping on the sides with a 'number' stamp that I had.
Next I cut different paper shapes, applied paint and sparkles.
Once the paint was dry, I adhered the layers of paper to the box.
I then trimmed my tree with buttons and a ribbon trim at the bottom. At this point, the box is finished and could be used as is, or tied with a ribbon/bow.
I've also added another box, that I did a little while back, to give you an example of other possibilities for your box. Really, any kind of image would be very pretty to add to a box!
I hope you'll give this project a could give it your own special look with something that has meaning to you or to someone that you'd like to give it to.
As always, thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


  1. Sandi this is such a cool idea and thanks for showing the how to. Just love it and it can be a great gift idea too.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. What a fun altered box Sandi! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. awesome upcycling! Merry Christmas!

  4. Soooooo beautiful!! I loveeeeeeeeee the star!!! Merry Christmas!!! :)

  5. Gorgeous boxes - love the design on bouth of them!
    Cristmas hug from Norway :o)

  6. What a great idea.....I just got stuck into my study yesterday & tossed a pile of boxes.....EEEEEKKKKK!!! I'll have to go raid the recycle bin before they empty it now...not sure whether to curse or kiss you, Sandi!!! I really loooove your Chrissy tree, though.....I might start on next years present boxes right now:):)!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a good one {Chrissy, I mean:)]...can be not fun for so many peeps...remembering.....

  7. Looks gorgeous!!!! Merry Christmas to you and all!

  8. Cool project Sandi. Love it!
    Merry Xmas to you <3

  9. You are amazing Sandi!
    I love your boxes and your fantastic creative ideas!
    Thank You and Happy Holidays to you and Your Family~

  10. this look so awesome so creative!!!!

  11. Loving your upcycled project Sandi.... This box is cute and pretty!!!! Hope you had a great Christmas.... hugs....x

  12. Amazing! What you have done here is pure creativity! Brilliant!!! Happy New Year!!! :D

  13. These are gorgeous Sandi! Love them both and such a cool idea! I wish there were 40 hours in a day....I have so many things I want to do and try, but it is all down to finding the time! ;-)

  14. So Fabulous project! what a cool idea, love the final result!! I'll try it! xo

  15. wow I know I say it every time, but you are amazing , so creative and clever ... love this x

  16. This is fabulous! I love the mixed media! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  17. I always love your off the page projects - they are right up my street!

  18. Why I missed it? This is gorgeous Sandi! Love this box and that idea! Fabulous!


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