DIY Decorative Boxes: two ways

DIY Decorative Boxes: two examples of unfinished wood boxes transformed with dye, paint, rubber stamps, buttons, beads and tape!

Yesterday I showed you how I dyed several unfinished wood items that are commonly found at craft stores. It was easy to get a saturated color all over each wood piece, and I loved how quickly the wood absorbed the dye.

You can learn how simple it is to dye wood in my blog post: How to Dye Unfinished Wood. Simple title, for a simple technique!

I love the embellishing phase of crafting. I might start with an idea in my head, but how it changes and develops depending on what materials I use is always part of the fun, and part of the anticipation! And with that in mind, here are two styles of decorated wood boxes . . .

First idea: a playful button box!

Colorful Button Box - dyed orange and decorated with duckling duck tape, paint, and buttons!

For this bright orange box, I decided to go with a modern, playful style.

Because of its small size – just 4.5″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ – I thought it would be sweet as a pretty yet functional little box that holds buttons.

Decorative tape:

First I used a small Duckling size of Duck tape, which was the same size as the bottom half of the box, and wrapped it around the box.

Stamped phrase:

While applying the duck tape, I couldn’t get the phrase Good things come in small packages out of my head, so I stamped it on the top of the box using small alphabet stamps and Staz-On ink in black.

Stamped words using tiny alphabet stamps and Staz-on black ink

I love using these tiny stamps, because I always end up with words and phrases in a playful style. You often see words done in this way on cards and gift items in stores these days, as it’s a popular look.


What’s a button box without buttons? Exactly! I chose some colorful buttons which matched the decorative tape and adhered them with mini glue dots onto the box lid around the words.

DIY Decorative Box: using dye, paint, duck tape, rubber stamps and buttons


As a final touch, and to create more definition to the top of the box as if it was a framed piece of artwork, I painted the decorative edge of the lid in white craft paint, purposely letting some of the paint show up on the top as a border. Nothing precise here, as the less perfect the more playful it looks. (Just don’t get too sloppy!)

The last step? Add – or start – a button collection inside the box!

What's a DIY button box without colorful buttons inside?

Second idea: a sweet and shabby weathered wood box!

This box also started out unfinished, and also went through the same dye bath as the previous orange box.

DIY decorative box dyed with orange Rit Dye

I then dyed the box in a second color – a dark purple – before further embellishing it.

An unfinished wood box gets dyed (twice!) and decorated in a sweet, shabby way!

I’m sharing the full tutorial over at Live Creatively Inspired today, where I’m a guest contributor. Click over and learn how I put this box together!

Unfinished Wood Box Craft - dyed twice and decorated! Full tutorial at

Which style is your favorite?

I hope these two ideas inspire you to make your own decorative boxes. Because of the many styles and sizes of unfinished wood boxes available, as well as the myriad of dyes, paints, glitter, and embellishments, it’s easy to come up with something truly unique every time.

And with gift-giving season approaching, you can create something special for your best girlfriend, your daughter, or as a teacher’s gift.

So which style is your favorite?

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