DIY Projects

Paper Mache Jewelry Box

Hello friends and Happy New Year! My first post of 2020 is this cute distressed jewelry box. I made something similar from paper years ago but it was time for a new sturdier box since the original is falling apart from so much use. This jewelry box will just hold some watches and rings and I wear daily but like to remove before bed. This way they can be safely tucked away out of reach of the kitties. Sometimes the kitties are naughty an play with things they should not so it’s my responsibility to make sure they don’t have access to those things.

Anyway let me show you how easy it was to make this box. I kept my box simple by just using some paper, paint, ribbon but you can add all kinds of embellishments. You can add fabric, flowers, jewels, brads, etc.


I began by choosing a paper mache box. I bought a pack of 5 hexagon-shaped boxes from Amazon (Art Alternatives MVPM06224 Paper-Mache Hexagon Box Set 5/Pkg). I chose the largest box in the set.

Art Alternatives MVPM06224 Paper-Mache Hexagon Box Set 5/Pkg

Next, I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Sea Lavender (I think this color is discontinued) to paint the box inside and out. I applied 2-3 thin coats. I cannot stress this enough…when painting paper mache products, even smooth surfaces, it is best to apply thin layers, letting each layer dry between applications. I let each layer dry about 10-15 minutes.

While the last layer was drying, I chose some pattern papers from the Stamperia Double-Sided 12 X 12″ Paper Pad – Music and some Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack. Since these papers are 12 x 12, I adhered the paper as one piece, making slits along the sides as I glued each side down. I started by gluing the bottom of the box first, using Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue (16-Ounce) CS11302 Matte Finish, 16 oz. I did the same for the lid and the box.

Stamperia Double-Sided 12 X 12″ Paper Pad – Music and
Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack

Tip: When using Modge Podge to glue down paper work in small areas so you can smooth out the surface and hold it down for a few seconds so it holds properly. otherwise you can get bubbles or areas that just are not glued down.

I added ripped strips of the tissue paper to both parts of the box, adhering each time with the Modge Podge. With thin papers like tissue paper you need to add glue to both the underside and over top.

Once everything was dry, I decided it was too plain and added some acrylic paint and distress stains to age it a bit. First, I applied Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Sea Lavender and Surf, mostly around the edges of the box. I let that and added some Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint, 1-Ounce, Antique Bronze and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains, 1.9oz Bottles-Walnut Stain.

Once I was happy with the aged look, I let it dry completely and then added a coat of Modge Podge to seal in all the paint and papers. Let that all dry a good while and then I added the 5/8″ Brown Double Satin Ribbon around the lid edge and some white felt inside the box. I used Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish for Fabric (8-Ounce) to adhere both.

Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give this project a try. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.


Imagine the Possibilities Art Journal Page

Hello friends. Today’s post is a little different. Coming to you with a with an art journal layout. I haven’t done one of these in quite a while but it’s time to start it up again. An art journal is just a fun place to play with your products and experiment. Sometimes it comes out great and sometimes not so much but it’s about having fun. If you haven’t tried art journaling yet I highly recommend it. You don’t need a ton of supplies to do this either. I like to keep some printed tissue papers and some Acrylic paints on hand. I use stamps and pattern papers from my stash. God knows I have plenty of those!!! LOL I recently purchased the Stamperia paper after seeing Umut Radios use them in her videos. They are beautiful papers. Check out her videos for more inspiration. She inspired me to get started; she makes beautiful layouts using printed napkins!

Ok so let take you through my process. First I gathered some supplies.


I stamped the Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp BOOKS SKETCH Stampers Anonymous several times onto scraps of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black Ink. At this point I only had a slight idea of what I was doing on these pages but I kind of knew I wanted stacks of books. I will continue while those dry.

I added Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack to the pages. I used Matte gel medium to adhere. I added some to the back and then some over top once down on the page. This seals it and allows you to add other mediums on top without saturating the paper. Next I tore up some of the pattern paper from the Stamperia Scrapbooking Paper – Clockwise collection and randomly adhered them onto the pages. No need for perfection here because I want it to look organic. I sealed everything with Matte gel medium. And now I wait…and wait…and wait for it to dry. A couple of hours later….

Step 1 – Adding Paper

Time to add ink some. I spritzed the pages with water and again very randomly sprayed distress sprays in Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain. I spread it around with a brush and used my heat tool to dry it some but I still had to wait for it to dry a few hours before continuing with other colors. Once it dried, I added some Broken China Distress Stain, Ground Espresso Distress Stain, and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and kept layering color until I was happy with the results.

Step 2 – Adding Ink

While that dried, I cut out and colored all my images. i distressed the tag edges and added distress ink at the edges. I added Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Stain around the edges of all the cut outs, except the books. Set those aside to dry and got my Stencils out. I used some brown and aqua acrylic paint with the Catherine Pooler Harleen Creative Screenings to some texture. The pattern is similar to the one on the paper I added in the background. Then I used the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil BURLAP with gold acrylic paint and added some small areas of gold.

Final page

Next I laid out the images on my spread and adhered them down with Matte gel medium. Let that dry and completely and added shading with my Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and highlights with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. Lastly I added splatters with gold and white acrylic paint.

Here are some closeups.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.