How to Make Stenciled Christmas Gift BoxesNovember 30, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Paint, Christmas
Isn’t it a special treat to receive a really nicely wrapped present? It shows a lot of thoughtfulness on the part of the gift giver, even before you open the gift! Well, I wanted to create that feeling with my Christmas presents this year, so with the help of Martha Stewart’s latest line of stencils and paints, I transformed papier-mâché boxes into pretty gift packaging that can serve as a keepsake long after the gift is opened!
Read on to see how I partnered with the Martha Stewart brand to use their wide variety of on-trend stencils and silkscreens available exclusively at Michaels, from faux bois, to herringbone, to the oh-so-trendy terrazzo for this fun project. If you’re looking to add a handmade touch to your gifts this holidays this is a really fun way to do it!
Traditional gift bags and gift wrapping can be expensive and often only used once. However, papier-mâché boxes are just a few dollars a piece – in fact this set of three round boxes is currently on sale at Michaels for just $6.50! The boxes are sturdy enough to be used as pretty storage or decor for years to come. I love storing small craft supplies, photos, and other keepsakes in these boxes.
The Martha Stewart adhesive stencils are my absolute favorite because they make stenciling pretty fool-proof. No more having to tape down the stencil and hold it close to the surface with your fingers to prevent any paint from seeping through! The stencils create clean, sharp-lines every time. The adhesive is still light enough that it is easy to remove and reposition the stencil as needed without damaging the papier-mâché. This was my first time using the Martha Stewart silkscreens and they worked very similarly to the adhesive stencils. A dauber brush is the easiest way to apply the paint.
Supplies for Stenciled Gift Boxes
- Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils
- Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreens
- Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Paints
- Martha Stewart Dauber Set
- Papier-mâché boxes
- Foam brushes
How to Make Stenciled Gift Boxes
2. You can paint the edge of the lid a different color for a fun contrast if you want! You can also paint the base of the box another color. I painted some of mine and left others natural.
3. Peel the backing off the adhesive stencil or silkscreen and position it on top of the lid where you want to begin stenciling. In this example, I am using the terrazzo silkscreen. I recommend starting with a lighter color to use as your primary color. Use a small dauber brush to apply the paint to the silk screen, leaving some of the spaces empty for additional colors.
4. Add another color or two to the silkscreen until you have covered all the design.
5. Carefully lift up your silkscreen to reveal the design! You can now reposition it on another part of the lid and repeat the process until you have covered the surface.
6. Fill your pretty new box with a special gift and tie it with a bow!
While I used the terrazzo stencil to cover the entire box lid, you can use other stencils such as this geometric stencil to just do a simple band in a single color on top of your lid if you want!
Don’t these look pretty under the tree? I think I am going to keep them there until I am ready to fill them with gifts and give them away!