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❉ cute & crafty: how to paint a wooden badge box! ❉

A new semester means new sisters! A sorority badge box makes a beautiful big/little gift for initiation. Make your pin box the best it can be with these easy crafting tips…

❉ THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Unfinished wood trinket box from the craft store
  • Acrylic paints & brushes
  • Primer
  • Spray sealer 
  • Tissue or tracing paper, pencil & fine point sharpie 
  • Computer printed design
  • Wood letters of choice 
  • Accessories such as ribbon or symbols 
  • Pearl trim, gems, or other accents
  • Hot glue gun

❉ STEP 1 Clean & Prep:

  • Choose a well ventilated area to work in.
  • Sand your box with a fine grit sandpaper if needed. A box from the craft store may be smooth enough that you can skip this step.
  • After sanding, wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth and let dry completely. 
  • Brush or spray on primer. This step fills the pores and ensures that the paint applies evenly.

❉ STEP 2 Trace or Freehand the Design:

  • Print your design from the computer. 
  • Lay tissue/tracing paper over the design and trace with pencil.
  • Place tissue paper on the surfaces of the box and re-trace the design with a fine point Sharpie. The line ink will soak through the paper and leave an outline for your painting. 
  • If you are freehand drawing, lightly pencil the pattern onto the box. 

❉ STEP 3 Paint & Seal the Box:

  • Paint one side at a time and allow to try, so the box can be rotated without messing up the paint.
  • Depending on the style of the design, paint the background color first and allow to dry. 
  • Paint the details on top of the background color if using this method. 
  • Don’t forget the bottom of the box and the inside. All surfaces should be painted in at least the base color.
  • Add a quote or name on the inside if you wish.
  • Allow the entire box to dry 24 hours.
  • Spray on sealer.

❉ STEP 4 Trim the Box: 

  • After the sealer has dried, accent your painted badge box by hot gluing on greek letters, pearls, ribbon, jewels, flowers, or other accessories.  
  • Don’t forget to accent the inside if needed. Another option is to line the interior of the box with a soft fabric. 

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