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Catch up on the marble trend with these boxes!
This is a great way to do up any of your organisation boxes, just to add that touch of finesse to your desktop/shelf decor. You could pick up boxes of any shape from the gift or stationery store, or simply reuse an existing box you have lying around the house. I chose a set of hexagon nesting boxes that are perfect for holding bits of scrap fabric to tiny trinkets, plus they’d look so good on that top shelf.

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  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    To begin, cut out a rectangle strip that is long enough to wrap around the sides of the box, making sure that you leave about 2cm above and below the height of it.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Position the box vertically centre of the strip and make a mark at the top and bottom edge, before drawing a line across.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using the line as a guide, lightly score the backing of the contact paper. Repeat this step across both guide lines. Be careful not to apply too much force here, we are looking to cut through the backing but not all the way through the contact paper!

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Slowly peel off the middle backing strip and stick one side of the box to the contact paper, leaving a 2cm gap from the edge.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is an important tip—to ensure that the contact paper adheres smoothly to your box, peel off the backing in sections and smooth it out as you go along, making sure that there are no weird bumps!

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once you’ve stuck on all sides, make a clean fold at last corner and trim it off.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    To cut the top edge neatly, place a ruler against the edge of the box and make a slit, aligned to each corner.

  • Step 8

    It should look like this now!

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Simply remove the backing paper and neatly fold each flap down.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat Steps 7 - 9 for the base of the box.

  • Step 11

    Next, trace the base of the box on the backing of the contact paper.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 12
    Step 12

    With the shape of the base as a guide, I drew a slightly smaller hexagon and cut that out as the base of our box.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 13
    Step 13

    Stick the hexagon onto the base of the box.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 14
    Step 14

    Next, let’s work on the lid! I drew a hexagon that was approximately 4cm larger than the lid all around. Place your ruler against the edge of the box and make a slit aligned to the left corner. (Important note! Cut slits only on the left corner of each side you are working on!)

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 15
    Step 15

    13. Your contact paper should look like this now. This is important as it keeps our corners neat when we stick it on.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 16
    Step 16

    Lightly score the base hexagon of the lid and peel off the backing paper to stick this section on first.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 17
    Step 17

    Fold each flap carefully, making sure that each corner is neatly aligned to the straight edge of the flap, hiding the triangle edge behind the next flap.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 18
    Step 18

    This is how it should look like now.

  • How to make a decoupage box. Marble Hexagon Box - Step 19
    Step 19

    Repeat Steps 7 - 9 to fold the flaps in and you’re done!

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