How to decorate a trinket box

Country Homes & Interiors shows you how to use patterned papers and nature-inspired cutouts to decorate everyday accessories

Try our easy papercraft ideas for covering trinket boxes and decorative letters. All you need is paper, scissors and a little glue…

You will need

  • Selection of decorative papers or patterned giftwrap (we used Maple Leaf and White Ginkgo Leaves papers from Paperchase. Birds and music notation from Madeleine Floyd Birdsong giftwrap at John Lewis. Flowers from Malva wallpaper, ref 48127, Sandberg)
  • Wooden boxes (find similar boxes at Fred Aldous)
  • Pritt stick
  • PVA glue

Step 1) Decide on a main decorative paper (use giftwrap, wallpaper, or music notation) to cover your boxes and cut out one piece for the top and one for the sides of the lid.

Step 2)
Check that the box is clean and free of dust and grease. Use Pritt
stick to glue on the paper, working it smoothly into place from the
centre out towards the edges for a neat finish, free from air bubbles
and creases.

Step 3) Cut out a few motifs (we used birds, flowers and musical notation) and glue in your preferred positions. Leave to dry.

Step 4) For a longer-lasting finish, apply a coat of PVA glue to the papered surfaces of the box and, again, leave to dry completely.

Learn how to make a pretty decoupage box with our step-by-step guide.

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