Here’s the final result:
And here’s a sort of Before and After, using a box I haven’t done anything with yet:
Here’s quickie tutorial.
1. Paint your box. Better yet, start with a box that is already white and use paint to touch it up. Plain old cardboard soaks up paint like thirsty roofer soaks up water, as you can see from the box on the right, which my not-picky niece decided to mosaic.
2. Cut and paste. In this case, I cut up Christmas cards left over from another project.
TIP: Work with one color at a time.
TIP: If you don’t want to work with one color at a time, put your bits on little folded cardstock trays to move them out of the way. That way you don’t have to re-sort them by hue and size again.
3. Mod Podge the final project and you are done!
TIP: Make your pattern stand out more by using different shapes for different colors. The green stripe stands out more on this side because it is all squares amid blue triangles.
The green stripe doesn't stand out as much this side because it is a mix of squares and triangles.
TIP: Keep your pattern simple!
TIP: Be open to surprises. The stars on the lid were originally going to be flowers.
I’m really happy with my final result and it cost nothing but time as the Elmer's Glue I had on hand, and the Christmas cards and box were intercepted on the way to the trash and consequently were free. If you try something similar, please let me know how it goes in the comments.