Mixed-Media Monogrammed Box

By  Kim Stewart  for  STAEDTLER-Mars Ltd.

size: varies


  • Cardboard box of choice with lid
  • STAEDTLER FIMO White Air Basic Air-Drying Clay
  • Papers: patterned print paper or newspaper, cardstock or thick paper for lid
  • Washi tape


  • Clay tools: roller, heart-shaped cutter
  • Acrylic paints: in colors of choice, white
  • Gesso
  • Alphabet stencil of choice
  • Plaid Classic Matte Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

  • paintbrush, craft knife, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • Note
  • 1. Start this project with a color scheme in mind. Choose a few coordinating colors to match your paper pattern or just one color and vary the tint by adding white to lighten.
  • Box
  • 1. Paint box and lid with thin layer of gesso. (Note: This will help cover up any printing on box.) Let dry. See Photo 1.

    Photo 1
  • 2. Cut several pieces of paper in squares and triangles, proportional to box size. Adhere 5-8 pieces on each side of box in random fashion. Add washi tape as desired. Paint thin layer of gesso over paper and tape sparingly, leaving some areas uncovered. Repeat, adding another layer of paper and tape.
  • 3. Apply chosen paint colors to box, one color at a time. Apply gesso or white paint between colors to blend, being careful not to blend too much. See Photo 2.

    Photo 2
  • 4. Condition clay in hands until soft and pliable. Roll to 1/8" thickness. Cut 6-10 hearts or as many needed to cover stencil. Let hearts air dry following manufacturer's instructions. See Photo 3.

    Photo 3
  • 5. Paint hearts in colors of choice. See Photo 4. Let dry.

    Photo 4
  • 6. Cut cardstock panel smaller than box lid. Mark stencil shape on panel; cut out monogram. Arrange clay shapes under panel to fill in cut-out area. Adhere clay shapes to lid.
  • 7. Adhere monogram on top of clay, pressing lightly to secure. See Photo 5.

    Photo 5