Talk about a classy upcycle project! We’ll show you how to turn small cardboard boxes into beautiful Celtic style containers with nothing more than a knife, hot glue gun and some paint. This is one of those truly amazing crafts! You’re containers can be used for anything. We used them for our Positive Potions Kit. FYI this is the same technique we used on our Small Dragon Egg.
Upcycled Box Supplies
You can use any colors you want. I’ve found that black and silver give a nice look.
- Small cardboard box
- Hot glue gun
- Black paint
- Silver paint
- X-acto type knife
You can use pretty much any size box. Just depends on how much hot glue you have! I used a small box that some items from Amazon were delivered in.
Measure it as high as you want.
Trace on handles if you want them. Then carefully cut out along the lines.
Paint the inside of your box silver.
Paint the outside of your box black.
Using a hot glue gun make designs on the outside of your box. As I’m not all that artistic, drawing wise, I tend to make the same type of simplistic curly design. These do not have to be perfect. I actually touched the tip of the glue gun to the cardboard lightly as I drew them on. (I suggest first practicing on a plain piece of cardboard.)
Carefully run a line of hot glue along the edge of your box.
Using silver paint, brush a thin coat over one side of your box at a time. You don’t want it to dry.
Quickly and lightly rub the side you just painted silver over. This gives it the effect. Move onto the next side until all of them are done.
Don’t forget to paint the edge where you ran the hot glue.
We also use a box for our Positive Potions Kit!