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Decoupage a “Wish Box”


Earlier I wrote about our family traditions, one of which was the wooden “wish box” my brother made for me. He included little post-it note sized slips of paper and tiny ribbons, as well as a brief explanation:

“The idea is simple, really  — The Wish Box is specifically designed to hold important stuff — specifically, wishes for the upcoming year, predictions about what you hope will happen to you and the people you love, and memories of all the fantastic things that have happened to you during the previous 12 months.”

This is a great project for the days following Christmas. Save your small boxes, favorite wrapping paper, some tissue paper and Christmas cards!



small sturdy box with lid

wrapping paper, old catalogs, tissue paper

Modge Podge or a mixture of 3/4 c. glue and 1/4 c. water


paint brush

wax paper


Have the kids cut out images or swatches of color from the catalogs or wrapping paper. You could try a “Santa” theme, a Holiday theme, certain colors, or just go for it.  Just brush the paper with glue, place it on the box, and add a bit more glue on top. Overlap the images a bit if you don’t want to see the box.


When the box is covered, or your kids are done, add one more layer of glue on top. It will dry clear. Place the box on wax paper and move it every so often so it does not dry to the paper.

When the box is dry, place note paper and tiny ribbons inside. Some time before New Years’ Day, use a paper to record your wishes and predictions for the new year, as well as accomplishments from the previous year. Date it and tuck the slip of paper away until the following year.

If this looks like it might be too much of a mess and you live in the Honolulu area, try decoupaging at Art Explorium, a new studio for kids that just opened in Kaimuki (http://www.artexplorium.org/). They rotate art centers, so call ahead if you want to decoupage. We went the other day and spent well over an hour there. At a flat rate of $5 a kid, it was the best $10 I’ve spent this season!


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This entry was posted on January 25, 2013 by in Christmas, Crafts, Holidays and tagged , .
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