DIY Watercolor Milk Crate Favors

Posted by Natalie Wright
Watercolor painting doesn't have to be two dimensional! Embellish these simple milk cartons for next party favor.

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Hello, creative friends! Are you in full swing with school yet? I wanted to put together a fun little gift for our kids teachers this year, and I just loved how these goodie boxes turned out. Even though school is probably in session at your house already, I thought they were too cute not to share!

The milk crates are a Sizzix die that I love, but you can find them pre-cut too. In fact, and kind of white paper gift box works great for this technique!

Here's what you need to get started:

  • Sizzix Milk Carton Metal Die
  • Bazzil White Cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 Mixed Bag
  • My Minds Eye On Trend 2 Acrylic Shape
  • Dr. Ph. Martin's - Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Set
  • Paintbrush
  • Twine
  • Scissors

To get started, use the Sizzix die to cut as many boxes as you need.

Gather the ink color of your choice, paintbrush, and water. Starting from the bottom, brush ink along the sides of your ink using as much as you like. I layered mine, allowing it to dry in between each coat. Allow it to fully dry.

Embellish your box using the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 Mixed Bag. It has tons of fun goodies in it that are super trendy! Pineapples, cacti, and the cutest paper tags you have ever seen! I picked some of my favorites and embellished the tops of my boxes.

Next, use the My Minds Eye On Trend 2 Acrylic Shape to decorate the front of your boxes. They are self-adhesive, which is nice since they are so thick. They are a little bit fragile, so adhere them carefully. I just love how they look on projects. They seem to capture light whichever way you turn them!

Last step, add some twine to your boxes for a finishing touch!

The nice thing about milk crates is you can fill them before or after you decorate them. They open up easily, and loos so pretty after they are sealed.

So pretty! You can totally adapt this project for fall by using ink colors that are red, yellow, and orange.

That's it friends! These were a big hit as teacher gifts, and I think I will make a fun winter version for neighbors this year. I love lovely little gifts that are affordable, but have a lot of wow factor!

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