Decoupage Gift Box


Decorate a container to make a cute gift box. You can use any box on hand or they have premade boxes at craft stores that are really cute! Decoupage with tissue is a great hands on activity for young children. Layers of tissue can be easily overlapped and doesn't need to be perfectly laid. In fact variation gives each project a unique appearance and varied textures. Ages 3+

decoupage gift box

Materials for Gift Box

  • Cardboard box from craft stores like Hobby Lobby or use empty shoe boxes, Quaker Oats containers, etc.
  • Mod Podge which is sold at craft stores, Amazon, and stores with craft sections. You can opt for a glossy or a matte finish.
  • Colored Tissue Paper
  • Decorative items like rhinestones, silk flowers, lightweight items like our butterfly. The stars are transparent glass often used for mosaics.
  • Foam Sponge Brushes work well and are inexpensive.. You can find them at any craft store. Buy a couple because they can break after a few uses. They can be rinsed really well with water and reused if cleaned well.
  • Strong tacky glue for decorations. Our recommendation would be Fabri-Tac for bulky thick items like rhinestones or Aleenes Tacky Glue which is thicker than Elmers and dries faster.

Other Materials

  • Small bowl or container to put ModPodge in
  • Container to rinse brushes with water after project is finished. You do not need to rinse while doing the project.
  • Newspaper to work on.


  • Cover working surface with newspaper and fill a small bowl with Mod Podge.
  • Cut or tear pieces of tissue. If I'm doing it for a class I cut strips using a
  • Fill bowl with ModPodge
  • Brush some Mod Podge in a small area on your box.
  • Place a few pieces of tissue and then brush over the tissue with more Mod Podge
  • Let dry
  • Glue on small decorations. Let dry.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Show your child how to overlap pieces. If they want to build it up and layer more, it gives it texture.

Other Decoupage Crafts You Might Enjoy

Decoupage Picture Coasters
Use your favorite pictures to make these coasters. Makes a great gift. These last for a long time.
Make these decoupage coasters with favorite pictures.
Decoupage Picture Frames
These make a cute party activity.
Decoupage Trinket or Jewelry Box
This makes a cute gift for grandma.
Decoupage Jar This is a great craft for preschool or kindergarten.
Marbled Tissue Vase
This technique is gorgeous! It's hard to believe its a decoupage technique.