Lately, I’ve become obsessed with the patterns in marbled paper. I recall making it as a kid in art class years ago and now it has reentered my life as I’m currently fixated on its random medley of swirls, stripes, and colors.
I made these marbled paper boxes for office supply storage in my oldest daughter’s room last week, but now I’m so crazy about them, I want to make more just for me! Good news though, they’re incredibly easy to make.
This is an simple DIY project that adds a lot of panache to a plain box or magazine file. You’ll need a few boxes and some sheets of marbled paper (sources below) plus cutting tools and glue. I worked mostly with spray adhesive and a little craft glue too (not shown).
If you’re working with a jewelry box like this one from a craft store, first remove the clasp and hinges. For the second flatter box, I also used a old photo album box from Papyrus.
You could use decoupage medium, but I like the thinness of spray adhesive. Spray adhesive works great on the larger flat surfaces but it can be messy so I sprayed it on the bottom of the box while outdoors then brought it inside to lay the bottom flat on top of the marbled paper.
Next, I simply used the edges of the box to establish a crease then trimmed it where the paper was folded.
I wrapped the corners the same way, using the edge to form the fold then trimming with scissors. For the wider surfaces I used spray adhesive, but a dab of craft glue works better to secure the corners.
Reattach the hinges for the jewelry box for a folding lid – the clasp is optional.
Each one takes about fifteen minutes and when you’re done you have beautiful boxes for storage or for gift giving. They’d look fantastic on a bookcase too, right?
I can’t resist the appeal of these colorful papers, here are a few more amazing ideas for its use!
Follow Martha’s instructions for making marbleized paper.
Line the back of bookcases or the interior of a hutch!
Frame it up for an inexpensive work of art with big impact.
Or be really daring (this is my favorite!) and paper a room with it. How amazing is this bathroom??
More great sources for marbled paper:
Hand Marbled Paper on Etsy