DIY: Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit

September 10, 2013

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love BlogIt’s that time again.

This month the 12 Month’s of Martha crew is crafting with decoupage. Martha recently released a full line of decoupage supplies and my job was to make something awesome…I hope this project makes Martha proud!

With back-to-school season upon us, I decided to give a sophisticated make-over to a classroom staple…lunch boxes. Thanks to the kind people at www.lunchboxes.com, I got my hands on a snazzy metal dome-shaped lunch box and gave it some decoupage love.

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love BlogYou’ll find all the supplies you need for this project at Michael’s (with the exception of the lunch box).  The line of decoupage materials includes pre-cut fabric and paper shapes that make the job of decoupaging very easy. I opted for a gloss finish decoupage paste, but you can also use the matte finish if you prefer. Gotta love options right?

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog{1} Wipe your metal dome shaped lunch box with alcohol wipes…

{2} Then tape off the handle  and latches as shown. From here you can spray paint the lunch box in your choice of color. I opted for using Martha Stewart’s Satin Spray Paint Kit and Summer Linen Satin Paint. For a quick infographic on how to use her spray paint kits, visit THIS post.

{3} Once the spray paint has dried, use your brush to apply a thin layer of decoupage paste to the area where you will placing the paper shape.

{4} Then apply a thin layer of decoupage paste onto the back of the shape

{5} Place the shape and apply a final thin coat of decoupage paste…not too much!

{6} Once you’ve applied all the shapes, allow the project to dry for about one hour, then apply 2-3 additional coats of decoupage paste. Once dry, the decoupage paste will be smooth and have no tackiness.

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

This beautiful lunch box is perfect decoration for your desk, so why not fill it with stationery supplies? I used my stamps to create custom dividers and I also included a handmade journal which I covered with more decoupage shapes.
Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

 

Creating a decoupage journal is a fun variation on the Bookbinding University lessons on How to Make a Text Block and How to Make a Hardcover Journal. For the cover, I simply added decoupage shapes and coated the entire cover with glossy decoupage paste. This gives the cover a nice smooth finish that will keep it from getting to dirty.Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

Decoupage Lunch Box Stationery Kit | Damask Love Blog

So what do you think?! Are you a fan of the decoupage lunch box? I think this is a really fun and unique way to package lots of gifts and goodies! So tell me…what would you put in your decoupage lunch box creation?

SUPPLIES:

Martha Stewart Glossy Decoupage Paste | Martha Stewart Brush Set | Martha Stewart Floral Paper Decoupage Cut Outs | Clear & Simple Stamps File It : Stationery (for handmade file dividers)