How to Decoupage an Old Photo Box


Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Let’s decoupage a boring old photo box! It’s Renee here with @thediyday and I’m having a blast from the past moment. Back in the day, I’d take a roll of film to a developer and a week later I would pick-up my pictures. Nowadays, I rarely print pictures, it’s much easier (and cheaper) to share photos via smart phone. But, let me be honest – I miss those days of holding an actual photograph in my hand. So much so that I’m starting to print pictures again. I’ve decided, if the picture isn’t put into a frame it’s going into a photo box. Not a plain photo box, but one that has a decoupage decor with the timeless quality of black and white photos…of my dog!

 

Supplies

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Step One

Decoupage dates back hundreds of years and is defined as gluing cutouts onto a box or small item and sealing it with a varnish. I haven’t done the decoupage technique in years and was ecstatic to do so with this project. Let’s begin. With the broad tip of the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, apply small portions of the glue to the lid of the box and place a picture right on top of the adhesive.  Because I was going for a collage effect, I had to trim many of the pictures once the layout started taking shape.

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Step Two

After all of the pictures were set to the lid of the box, seal it by squeezing generous amounts of Aqua Glue.  The glue can be spread with the broad tip side of the glue bottle, but spreading it with a foam brush helps remove some of the air bubbles.

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Step Three

Next, remove the metal identification plate on the front of the box by gently pulling it off (I did not use the plate in this project).

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

To take its place, I made my own identification tag for the box using a piece of white cardstock, Fudenosuke Brush Pen, and TwinTone Markers in grey and black.

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Step Four

Then I cut the tissue paper to fit the 4 sides of the box.  I applied the tissue paper using the same Aqua Glue and the same method I did in step one.  After gluing all four pieces to the sides of the box, I did the same with identification tag, placing it where the metal plate once was. Last, I sealed the tissue paper and tag just like I did in step two.  Allow the box to fully dry before using it.  Dry times vary depending on the amount of glue used.

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

Decoupage a Boring Old Photo Box by @thediyday for @TombowUSA

 

Thank you so much for joining me on this blast to the past decoupage project.  I am so glad I’m printing photos again.  I forgot how fun it was to share a tangible item rather than swiping left and right on a cell phone.

Renee Day

 

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