Are you, like me, constantly working on decorating your home? It definitely seems to be a continuous process for me – finding, making, and filling my home with happy, colorful pieces and details. While I love a good flea market find, I can’t resist trying my hand at making new items for my home as well. This DIY lacquer box project is so much fun to make, and their candy colors and gumball knobs make me smile every time I see them.
- Round Paper Mache Boxes in various sizes
- Polymer Clay
- Gloss Enamel Craft Paint
- Super Gloss Mod Podge
- E-6000 Glue or Super Glue
- Flat Brushes
Step One. Make Clay Knobs.
I decided to add clay knobs to the tops of my boxes made from clay in coordinating colors. You could get creative and different shapes for your knobs, but I just went with simple round knobs. To form your knobs, start by cutting off a small piece of clay and kneading it to soften it up a bit. Then, roll the piece into a ball and flatten one side on your table. Place all your knobs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake according to your clay’s instructions.
Step Two. Paint Boxes.
While your knobs are baking and cooling, it’s time to paint your boxes. I used acrylic gloss enamel paint in a variety of colors, and I had a lot of fun matching up colors for each box. Brush on the paint with a flat brush and allow to dry. Lighter colors (like my yellow) may need several coats to achieve a rich, opaque color.
Step Three. Attach Knobs.
When your boxes have dried and your knobs have cooled, attach the knobs to the center of your lids with a bit of E-6000 glue or super glue. Allow the adhesive to cure before moving on to the next step.
Step Four. Finish with Super Gloss Mod Podge.
Finally, coat the entire box, including the knob, with a coat of Super Gloss Mod Podge. This final step is what gives the boxes their glossy lacquer-like look.
Once your DIY lacquer box has dried, it’s ready to be filled with whatever odds and ends you have around and to pretty up your shelf or desk. These happy little boxes are my new place to store my favorite beads and buttons.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.