Cover a plain box with pretty paper to keep your jewellery and treasures handy

Turn plain and boring old boxes into things of beauty with this simple paper craft idea. You can usually pick up boxes like this in good stationary supply shops, or or course craft shops!

If you’re making more than one why not theme them like we have with the ones above? Although they are covered in different coloured paper they are made in the same design, which means they coordinate nicely without being overly matching.

You could make these for children if you simply changed the style of paper to something you think they would like. They’re great as toy boxes or to store hair clips, ties and bobbles.


    • Blank oval boxes
    • White acrylic paint
    • Pencil and ruler
    • Scissors
    • Decorative papers
    • Screwdriver
    • Decopatch Varnish Glue
    • Craft knife


1. Take a plain box and paint it all over with white acrylic paint. Leave to dry for a few hours, until there are no wet bits at all.

2. Draw around the box lid onto the reverse side of some decorative paper and cut out carefully to give yourself the perfect box lid covering.

3. Measure the depth of the box lid and the circumference and cut a strip to this measurement, adding 2cm for an overlap. Do the same for the bottom half of the box.

4. Slightly loosen the screws on the lid catches, then, working a section at a time, apply Decopatch glue to the box and stick on the paper shapes. Leave to dry.

5. Trim away any excess paper with a craft knife and apply a coat of découpage varnish all over. Tighten screws.

What will you store in yours? We think they’re great for things like shoe polish and brushes, craft supplies, scarves or hair things. The possibilities are endless really, enjoy!