How to Make Wallpaper Boxes

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You can make a decorative box using wallpaper. Use a lidded box in which items can be stored. Make several boxes of various sizes to help organize your home. Use one pattern of wallpaper for a matching set of boxes, or use several patterns of wallpaper for a variety of different and unique boxes. Even if the wallpaper you are using is already pasted you will get the best results if you apply wallpaper paste.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Scissors
  • Various sized boxes with lids
  • Pencil
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • Use a ruler to measure the width and the height of each side of the box. Use a yard stick if the box you are creating is large. Measure the lid and the side edges of the lid. Write each measurement down to use for measuring and marking the wallpaper.

  • Unroll the wallpaper you will be using. Lay it so the pattern side is down on a large flat work surface. Use the ruler or meter stick, a pencil and a straight edge to measure and mark according to the measurements you have for the sides, lid and lid edges. Label the back side of each wallpaper piece to know where it should be placed as there will be several pieces. Cut each piece to size using scissors.

  • Fill a bowl with wallpaper paste. Use a paint brush to apply a 1/16-inch coat on the back side of each side piece. Press the first side piece into place, sliding it slightly to align and straighten the edges so they are flush with the edges of the box. Repeat for each side.

  • Use the paintbrush to apply wallpaper paste to the back side of the edge strips for the lid. Place each one on the edge of the lid, pressing and sliding it into place. Apply paste to the large lid piece and place it on the lid of the box, pressing it down with your hand and sliding it into place.

  • Rub the wallpaper on the box gently, from the center of each piece outward to remove air pockets. Once you are finished smoothing the wallpaper, remove any excess wallpaper paste from the edges and corners with a soft cloth. Allow the box to dry for 24 hours before using it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Measure and mark carefully to avoid mistakes.
  • Use care and caution when using scissors.

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