Hey, hey! I’m really proud of my latest knock off. Z Gallerie’s Ming Boxes were just the thing I needed to corral all of the chargers on our nightstand, but I didn’t want to pay $59.95 for a set of them. Besides, I only needed one. So with a few craft supplies and some patience, I made my own decorative storage box and it looks very similar to the ones I coveted. What do you think?
Here’s how I made it:
Z Gallerie Ming Box Knock Off
Nap Rating = 2 naps (not including dry-time)
Tools & Materials
- Unfinished, hinged wooden box
- Painter’s tape
- Spray primer and paint in color of your choice
- Craft knife
- Gold leaf paint pen
- Small paintbrush
- Tape off the hinges using painter’s tape. I tore off a piece of tape and pressed it firmly all along the hinge’s edges so I could see where to score the tape with my knife. Then I peeled away the excess.
- Prime the box with spray primer. Let dry.
- Spray the box with 2 coats of your color. Let dry overnight.
- Meanwhile, use Word on your computer to make a fretwork design. I simply added rectangles and played around with the weight of the lines and the size of the whole image until it looked right. Print out the image.
- Color the entire back of the image with a pencil, then place it right-side-up on a piece of thin, yet sturdy cardboard. Trace the design so that the image transfers to the cardboard.
- Use your knife to carefully cut out the negative spaces of your motif.
- Once you’ve completely cut out the shape and cleaned up the images as best you can, color the entire thing with a gold leaf paint pen. Let dry.
- Center the design on your box and lightly mark where it needs to be cut so that the box can open.
- Now that your design is in two pieces, use a small paint brush to completely coat the back of it with glue, then adhere it to the box. Let dry.
- Spray the entire thing with clear lacquer to seal it and prevent scratches.
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