Gift Box – Embellishment with Papercraft

One of the things I love most about creating is that I never know what my next project will be. I am always on the look out for new ideas and sparks of inspiration within the world around me. My colleague at work bought in morning tea one day and the camembert cheese came in this lovely wooden box – I quickly asked if she wouldn’t mind if I ‘borrowed’ it. I later gave her this gift box back after completing this project. She absolutely loved it!

I encourage you to look outside your craft room and in to the world around you. Is there a form of packaging you could make pretty? Is there an item you could recycle into a crafty gift? I encourage you to let go, and if in doubt, just go with your first thought….just give it a go and see what happens!


Materials you will need for this project;

  • Small box (this was the packaging from a soft cheese)
  • White gesso
  • Acrylic paint (two – three colours). I used two different paints and Inka-Gold (this is a fast drying metal gloss paint)
  • Helmar Premium Craft Glue
  • Black stamp pad and background stamp of your choice
  • Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish
  • Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Embellishments – here I have used washi tape, wooden veneer piece, doily, fabric feather, peacock charm, sequins and flowers from D-lish Scraps
  • Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Step 1                       

First step is to cover it using white gesso – this gives some ‘tooth’ for any paint to stick to.

Step 2

Paint the box – I put on three coats to give a good amount of coverage.

Step 3

I then painted the wooden veneer piece- beYOUtiful.  The embellishments used to decorate this box are from the November Peacock Parade D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit.  The D-lish Scraps online store can be found at



Step 4

Now for the second layer of paint…using Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise, I applied this to parts of the box to give a more rustic look. I then did the same application some Inka-Gold in Iceblue.  This gives a lovely silvery shine to the project.


Step 5

I then applied some of the Inka-Gold to the wooden veneer piece.


Step 6

Using a Kaisercraft script stamp, I used black ink to stamp on the box and on the doily that is to go on top of the box.



Step 7

I then sprayed the box twice with Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish spray.


Step 8

I then applied washi tape around the lid of the box.  Then, using the Helmar Premium Craft Glue adhere the doily onto the lid of the box.



Step 9

Then using the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive adhere the embellishments into place.  I prefer using the quick dry adhesive so I can easily stick things down – this dries quickly and clear.


Step 10

In order to adhere the gorgeous silver peacock embellishment, I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots. I love these dots – they give the embellishment height and dimension.


Step 11

Finally, I adhered some flowers, gems and sequins.

Thankyou for joining me for this tutorial. Sarah Rosse


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