Vintage-Inspired DIY Wood Storage Box

Posted by Katie King
Learn how to easily create a DIY wood storage box. Get a beautiful vintage look with just a few supplies.

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I've always been a huge fan of Tim Holtz and his craft products. If I had to narrow down my two favorites products of his, it would have to be his scrapbooking papers and distress ink pads. The reason why I've always loved these two products is because they complement each other (very well) and come in a variety of colors and styles.

Now when it comes to his scrapbooking papers, I've always enjoyed the idea of them being double sided. For example, in a scrapbooking paper pack called Lost Found Paper Stash, the paper has one patterned side and one solid but colorful side. When looking through this paper pack one day, I thought it would be fun to make a project which only uses one sheet of scrapbooking paper! Hence using the two sides of one piece of scrapbooking paper to create a fun and unique looking project.

So today I'll be showing you guys how you can create a simple vintage inspired wooden box by only using one piece of scrapbooking paper! Besides using the scrapbooking paper, I will also being using a product from Mod Podge called Dimensional Magic. For those of you who may not be familiar with the product, it's basically creates a fake ''glass look'' on top of your craft pieces. By using the Dimensional Magic it gives the box a more finished look and gives the paper a better protected coating.

To find out how to make your own vintage inspired wooden box just check out the full tutorial below!


  • Wooden Box
  • Wooden Heart Cutout
  • Tim Holtz-Ideaology- Lost Found Paper Stash
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads (I used Antique Linen and Tattered Rose)
  • Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish)
  • Dimensional Magic
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • E6000
  • Paint

Paint your wooden box and then set it aside to dry.

Grab your wooden heart and pattern piece of scrapbooking paper. Cut out a piece of scrapbooking paper which covers your wooden heart. Then glue that piece to your wooden heart by using some Mod Podge. Once your wooden heart is dry, take your distress ink pads and run it along the edges of your wooden heart. By doing this it will give your wooden heart a vintage look.

Now grab your solid piece of paper and cut it down to size so it will fit the top of your wooden box. Then glue it down to your box using some Mod Podge.

Once everything is dry, glue your wooden heart to the top of your wooden box using some E6000. Then set the whole thing aside to dry.

Now apply a thin coat of Dimensional Magic to the top of your wooden box. When applying the Dimensional Magic you may want to have a tooth pick handy so you can pop any air bubbles. At first the top of your box may look ''cloudy'' but that's ok because it will dry completely clear. After you finishing apply the Dimensional Magic set your box aside to dry for 24 hours.

When the Dimensional Magic is dry you're ready to start using your new vintage inspired wooden box!

After seeing the box completely finished I didn't think the box looked aged enough. So I went back and rubbed both of my distress ink pads around the sides of the box. By doing this it really made the box look more vintage and overall gave it a more romantic/Victorian look.

Have you ever tried Tim Holtz's scrapbooking papers or distress ink pads?