Does your space need more color, or more practicality? How about both? Continue reading to see how Spoonflower Ambassador Mathew Boudreaux, aka Mx Domestic, creates fun and functional boxes using our new Peel and Stick Wallpaper. Peel and stick around until the end for a bonus photo backdrop DIY perfect for content creators!
Mathew: I am absolutely the type of human that will save a “good” box. You know, those boxes you get that are perfection that you can’t let go of, but have no idea what you’re actually going to do with them? Well guess what? I discovered the crafty project that all us “good” box savers have been waiting for all our lives.
Enter Spoonflower’s new Peel and Stick Wallpaper! Most folks might think of walls when they think of wallpaper. But this polycraftual maker immediately thought that this was the perfect time to turn these good boxes into boxes of magic and fabulosity.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I created a box tray that my daughter can use for all her beads when she makes bracelets. But you can also use this method for other types of boxes and more!
Decorating a Box with Wallpaper
1. Prep the Box
Carefully remove any labels from the box. Most good boxes don’t have these. But if you only have “okay” or “purely functional” boxes, my daughter says it helps to gamify repetitive actions. Whichever box you have, you’ll need to remove the stickers and flatten your box before moving to step 2.
2. Create the Rectangles
Determine the size of the rectangular pieces of the box using a ruler. Cut out these rectangles from the wallpaper, which can be done two ways:
- Option one: two rectangles with 1/2” (1.3 cm) extra around
- Option two: one rectangle with enough extra all the way around to fold over the entirety of the flaps, one rectangle the size of the base
3. Stick on the Wallpaper
For the size I’m working with, I found that removing the Peel and Stick backing all at once works best. However, for larger projects, gradually removing the paper as you affix it to the box is my go-to.
Center the deconstructed box on the sticky side of the Peel and Stick and press. Flip over, and use the smoothing tool that comes with your Spoonflower wallpaper order to remove any bubbles.
4. Fold the Edges
Some boxes have extra flaps that you can choose to either keep or snip. For the tray, I decided to keep the flaps, so I snipped the Peel and Stick in between the box edges to make sure there was enough extra to fold over.
Fold over all the excess, trimming where there is any bulky overlap. Cut the final fold over to the precise measurement of the entire flap. Press and smooth over until all the bubbles are removed.
Follow the same steps for the second rectangle of Peel and Stick.
5. Finish Up
Apply your chosen adhesive to the part of the flap that will join forces with the side of the box. Note: I used mounting tape because it holds super well over time, but I can remove it if I need to.
Adhesive Velcro is also an option here. Fold all flaps in place and remove each paper backing as you secure each corner.
Since I knew that my daughter was going to use this for her beads, I also created a removable felt insert that will keep the beads from rolling around.
So, next time someone tries to convince you to recycle any of the “good” boxes that come into your life, tell them Mx Domestic said “Excuse me, this right here is fabulosity in waiting.” Then head over to Spoonflower to pick the Peel and Stick design of your dreams!
Bonus DIY: Creating a Backdrop with Wallpaper
As a content creator who is in front of the camera a lot, I am always looking for quick and easy ways to change things up. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to change your background for your photos and videos.
So, I decided to get a few 2” x 3” rolls of the new Peel and Stick wallpaper and stuck them to a rectangular cardboard piece of the same size.
For a baseline, here I am in a photo that’s fine, but it’s kind of basic…
Enter the new Peel and Stick designs and these backgrounds are basically a party!