Most of these supplies can be purchased at you local craft
and stamp stores
Wooden Box and Feet
Fine sand paper
Assorted Large Beads
Ribbons and Yarn
All Purpose Acrylic Sealer
White, baby blue and pale green acrylic Paint
Staz-on in Green
Water based semi-gloss varnish
Tissue Decoupage Papers - Fun & Funky Mermaids
1) Start by preparing your surface. Remove hardware from
box. Lightly sand box and feet with fine sand paper.
Seal with a all-purpose acrylic sealer, let dry.
Lightly sand again.
2) Paint with white acrylic paint. Sponge the baby
blue, pale green and white paint in the inside of the box,
top of box and the balls of the feel.
3) Cut out your decoupage paper designs. Use a small pair of
embroidery scissors. Pre-arrange your designs on your
surface. (Once you decoupage your design it cannot be
removed.) Using a stamp with words, stamp on plain tissue
decoupage paper with Staz-on ink, cut out around words.
4) Remove white paper backing from cutout. Slightly water
down your Elmer's glue-all. Apply thin coat of glue to
the back of your cutouts, let set for 5 seconds until the
5) Apply paper to your surface. With your fingers gently
press from center toward ends working out any wrinkles. Make
sure your ends are sealed to surface. You can use a stencil
brush to seal the ends. Clear up any excess glue with damp
cloth. Let dry for 1/2 hour.
6) Using a single stroke, Apply one thin coat of
decoupage glue to surface of design with a soft brush, let
dry. Let cure for 48 hours. Apply two coats of water based
semi-gloss varnish with a soft brush. I like Minwax
semi-gloss water based varnish. Let dry.
8) Attach handle and hardware. Glue charms to
box with Elmer's glue-all , once dry stipple the green Staz-on
on the metal parts of the box. Tie various colors of small
ribbons and yarns to handles.