Paper Mache Box
4 small knobs
1 large knob
Ivory Acrylic Paint
Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
100% cotton sheets with images
2 step crackle medium
Glazing medium by Golden
Water based gloss varnish
Elmer’s Glue-all (not school glue)
Fibers and Other embellishments
Base coat Paper Mache box with two coats of
ivory acrylic paint, let dry between coats.
Cut out images with a small pair of
scissors. Pre-do a layout by arranging images on box. Peel
iron on adhesive from back of images, leaving just the
Apply Elmer’s glue to back of image and
immediately adhere to box, wipe up excess glue with a damp
sponge. Arrange images in a staggered fashion to show more
interest. Once all images are glued down on box, let dry.
While your box is drying, paint a
coordinating color onto your large and small knobs. The
knobs will go on the bottom of the box as feet and the top
as a handle. Let dry between coats. Once dry apply two
coats of water based gloss varnish.
Once your box is dry (remember it may feel
dry, but if it is cold to the touch it is still wet), apply
a generous amount of crackle step 1 with a fine paint brush
to the box lid and base. Let dry.
Step 6 When step one, crackle medium, is dry,
apply a generous amount of step 2. Let dry, generally
overnight. You will see cracks forming on the surface.
Mix Golden Glazing medium with burnt umber
acrylic paint in a 50/50 ratio and brush onto box and lid,
immediately wipe off, with soft rag, until you see just the
cracks on the fabric and box. If you want more glazing
medium removed, you can dampen your rag. Let dry.
Apply two coats of gloss water based varnish
to your box and lid, let dry between coats.
Glue, using Elmer’s glue-all, large knob onto
box lid, and four small knobs as feet. Let dry.
Add your embellishments, charms, rhinestones,
fiber, and more with Elmer’s glue-all.
Tips & Tricks
Put your varnish on with a soft brush
to avoid brush strokes and air bubbles. Change the color of
your charms and pearls by wiping on alcohol inks with a soft
rag, permanent markers also work. If your paint is cool to
the touch it is not dry.