Getting Ready for School

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

It’s that time again! Seems like summer always flies by too fast. Well, there is still time to make a box with your child to use in a desk or school locker.

Locker BoxIt’s fun to personalize crafty projects and so easy to do.


Using this Roomy Box – it measures 3.33” x 8.21” x 5.44” – you’ll have plenty of room for note paper, pencils, pens, markers, etc. Begin the project by spraying the entire outside of the Box with Krylon® Glitter Blast™ Spray Paint. I used Orange Burst. Let dry thoroughly. I used a large flat brush to apply one coat of DecoArt® Americana® Satin Varnish over the Glitter paint to keep the glitter from rubbing off.

Drill a hole in the top of the lid and attach a knob with a screw. I used a Tim Holtz® Classic Knob to open the Box.

DCWV® has some fun decorative paper – The Homeroom Stack® and I found the perfect paper to add around the bottom of the box. You’ll need 2 pieces trimmed to 1 ¾” x 5” and 1 piece trimmed to 1 ¾” x 7 ¾”. Tombow® has a new tape runner – Xtreme Adhesive. It’s perfect for attaching the paper over the Glitter paint because it’s 5 times stronger than standard tape runners so it will stay in place!

There are many styles of adhesive alphabets in the craft stores. Choose a font and style you like to personalize with a name.

Locker Box inside

Of course, the inside of the Box should be as fun as the outside. I used a large flat brush to paint 2 coats of DecoArt® Americana® Blue Harbor acrylic paint to cover the inside of the Box. After it’s dry, add some more papers, stickers and embellishments using the Xtreme tape runner.

Done! And there is still a little time to enjoy some more summer fun before school begins…

Simple Roomy Box

I feel like I should stand in front of a room and say, “Hi, I am Chris Wallace and I love boxes!” Not that I have a problem or anything, but I really do love boxes. I was beginning to write this blog and I started to name it “One of my favorite boxes”, but then I like so many of our boxes, I realized that I needed to confess!


This particular box really is one of my favorites because the artwork is so simple. The box itself is called a Roomy Box.  The lid is hinged to the box bottom. It’s made out of basswood, so it’s great for wood burning and wood carving.



I wanted a very simple design, so I stained the wood with DecoArt® ( Americana® Burnt Umber mixed with Antiquing and Staining Medium. Brush on the stain with a large flat brush and wipe off the excess with a paper towel. I stained the entire box – inside and out.


While the stain was drying, I cut my paper. Any type of decorative paper will work. I cut the strips for the bottom of the box 1 5/8” wide, 4 ¾” long for the sides and 7 ¾” long for the front. The top piece was cut with a Spellbinders die, Lattice Rectangles, Finished, the paper that was die cut is 4 1/8” x 5 1/8”.


I used medium grade sandpaper to sand all the edges of the stained box. Wipe the box with a damp paper towel to remove all the dust. I used Tombow®( MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere the paper to the box.


Just add a knob by gluing onto the lid, or drill a hole and attach with a screw. Easy, simple, but really pretty!



Here are a few other ideas made with the Roomy Box. I like them all – the carved one is really easy too, even if you haven’t carved before. Would you like to learn how to make it? Let me know sometime and I’ll write a blog about it.

Okay, think about it. Doesn’t everyone love boxes?  So I really think I’m okay, don’t you?