Celtic Style Upcycle From Small Cardboard Box

Turn any small cardboard box into a beautiful Celtic style container with nothing more than a knife, hot glue gun and some paint. It's incredibly easy! Great for organizing anything. (More detailed photos/instructions at the link at the bottom.)

Small cardboard box

Hot glue gun

Black paint

Silver paint

X-acto type knife
I used a small square shipping box.
Measure and cut as desired.
Spray the inside silver.
Paint the outside black.
Using a glue gun make spirals around the box. (More specifics about this on my site but its not difficult.)
Brush a light coat of silver over your box.
Quickly rub with a tissue or paper towel. VIEW MORE PHOTOS AND DETAILS BELOW!
Nancy at Craft Your Happiness
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Ann Ann on Jun 03, 2017
    How did you treat the edges where you can see the corrigation? Did you just run a bead of the glue on it?

  • Lisas Rexstar Lisas Rexstar on Aug 02, 2019

    It's difficult for me to reach items on the bottom shelf of my bookcases. I've been thinking of using boxes that I can just pull out. Do you think I could attach some VERY small wheels or rollers if I start with a really sturdy box?

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  • Em Em on Oct 27, 2020

    Thanks for the idea. I have a cardboard caddy with a metal handle that held tomatoes. I did not know what to do with it and hated to pitch it. Now I will decorate it.

  • Bev Smith Bev Smith on Nov 29, 2020

    Beautiful! Too clever