Decoupage a Wish Box Craft

Last week I shared some of my family traditions, one of which was the wooden wish box my brother made for me. He included little post-it note sized slips of paper and tiny ribbons, as well as a brief explanation: 

“The Wish Box is designed to hold important stuff, such as wishes for the upcoming year, predictions about what you hope will happen to you and the people you love, and memories of all the fantastic things that have happened to you the past 12 months.”

Since the kids are home for a few weeks, why not make your own? This is a great project for the days following Christmas. Save your small boxes, favorite wrapping paper, some tissue paper and Christmas cards.


• Small sturdy box with lid
• Wrapping paper, old catalogs, tissue paper
• Modge Podge (a type of all-in-one glue/sealant/varnish sold at craft stores) or create your own mixture with 3/4 cup glue and 1/4 cup water
• Scissors
• Paintbrush
• Wax paper

1. Have the kids cut out images or swatches of color from catalogs or wrapping paper. You could try a “Santa” theme, a Holiday theme, certain colors, or whatever you like.

2. Brush the paper with glue, place it on the box, and add a bit more glue on top.

3. Overlap the images a bit if you don’t want to see the box. When the box is covered, or your kids are done, add one more layer of glue on top. It will dry clear.

4. Place the box on wax paper and move it every so often so it does not dry to the paper.

5. When the box is dry, place note paper and tiny ribbons inside. Some time before New Years’ Day, use a paper to record your wishes and predictions for the New Year, as well as accomplishments from the previous year. Date it and tuck the slip of paper away until the following year.

Need to get the kids out of the house for some fun, try decoupaging at Art Explorium, a new studio for kids that just opened in Kaimuki ( They are closed for the holidays and will reopen Jan. 2. They rotate art centers, so call ahead if you want to decoupage. We went the other day and spent well over an hour crafting. At a flat rate of $5 a kid, it was the best $10 I’ve spent this season!


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