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Watercolor boxes

I used to love watercolors so much when I was little. They’ve become quite the trend these days — and not just for kids! I’ve found a way to make the concept a bit more grown-up friendly by using gorgeous acrylic paint hues to gussy up plain boxes. The look is festive for giving out party favors or wrapping presents.

Peonies and watercolor boxes

Closeup of a watercolor box

Closeup of watercolor dots

My favorite part of this project is the imperfect, organic look of the dots. When repeated in consecutive patterns, their look instantly transforms a surface into a pretty work of art — the kind of art that is perfect because it is not trying too hard.

The concept is a great project for new crafters to jump into, and the idea can be used to transform anything from a drab box to a plain tablecloth. (Note: If you’re dotting fabric, use fabric paints or add textile medium to your acrylics.) Let’s get dotting!

Watercolor supplies

Start by selecting a handful of acrylic paints in your favorite colors. You’ll squirt a dab of each into a small, wide bowl. I often save food packages and Tupperware for these types of projects. Put a towel under any cardboard or paper containers.

Watercolor boxes

After the paint is in place, begin slowly adding water and stirring with a toothpick. I used about 2 tablespoons per paint glob. You want the consistency to be watery but not completely liquid. You want the watercolor look but also want to keep some more saturated spots within the circles, to give the dots solid form.

When the paint is ready, find a small glass or cup. I found a shot glass worked perfectly for my size of project. Begin dipping in the paint and dabbing on the box tops. Clean the glass bottom between colors or use multiple glasses.

Watercolor boxes

Allow the paint to fully dry before using the boxes, and don’t be too concerned with perfection — part of the fun of this project is the simplicity and festive organic look. What will you “watercolor” up this summer?

Photo credits: Victoria Hudgins

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