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Decoupaged Paper Mache Map Box

Decoupaged Paper Mache Map Box with Mod Podge

Today I’m using “Maps of the World” lightweight paper by Hazel & Ruby to help me create this useful (and road trip travel inducing) map box.  I LOVE this map paper.  I chose to focus on the South as much as possible (with some Northern spots on top) because I’m a Southern girl.  I’ve lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.  I probably have a mix of butter and sweet tea flowing through my veins…which is also why my fat jeans feel tight…but let’s get back to crafting and I’ll exercise later. 😉

Decoupaged Paper Mache Map Box Supplies

I’m also using antique Mod Podge (with a sponge brush and a styrofoam bowl), a round paper mache box, 7Gypsies clear crystal ball knob and American Crafts silver foil cardstock, to start.

Decoupaged Paper Mache Map Box Supplies

I traced the box lid onto the map paper, measured the rest of the box and cut the pieces out.  Those awesome scissors are some of my favorites.  They’re by Tonic Studios & Tim Holtz.  I bought them in 2010 and they’re still going strong!

Using Mod Podge to Create a Map Box

I added Mod Podge to the top of the lid, added the paper and then added more Mod Podge.

Embossing Foil Cardstock for a Decorative touch to this Mod Podge  Map Box

I cut a strip of the foil cardstock so it would fit around the top of the box.  Now to emboss it!

Embossing Foil Cardstock with the CutNBoss

I ran the foil cardstock through the Cut’N’Boss using the Teresa Collins Twill Herringbone folder.  It turned out great!  This is one of those times that I’m extra grateful to have those huge embossing folders.  The foil fit just fine!

Here are some other things I’ve made using the Cut’N’Boss.

Using Glossy Accents as Adhesive Glue

I painted the edges of the box lid with FolkArt Silver Metallic Paint.  Next, I punched a hole in the center of the lid and added the 7Gypsies clear crystal ball knob.  Finally, I added the embossed foil cardstock using Glossy Accents as a glue!  Did you know you can do that?  It works great!

Using Faber Castell Big Brush Pen Over FolkArt Metallic Paint

I gave a touch of blue to the silver metallic painted edges using a cobalt green Big Brush pen by Faber Castell.  These pens are really versatile.  You can use them as paint too!  Really!  You just add water like I did here.

Decoupaged Paper Mache Map Box with Mod Podge

Now I’ve got another holder for tiny things that I keep on my desk!  YAY!  Plus, it shows some of my favorite places.  Bonus!  I hope you liked my project!

Here are some other Mod Podge crafty things I’ve made!

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  1. I love maps for décor. I live in Michigan and right now I would put lots of snow looking Stickles all over the Great Lakes states!

    This idea would make a very nice gift or as a container for a gift.


    1. Stickling the Great Lakes would be perfect, Kathleen! I’m so glad you like this. I really like having the little handle on top. I’ve been using it since about 20 seconds after the Mod Podge dried. LOL! Thank you!

  2. What a great project! I would probably have to use a real road map, since I live in Canada and the cardstock probably doesn’t go far enough north. Fun!

    1. Thank you, Grace! I’ll check but I think Canada is part of the map paper too. It has several sheets included. I think all countries are there. Eee! 🙂


    1. Hi Virginia,
      I don’t sell my crafts because I usually use them or have someone that I plan on giving them too. Otherwise, I’d be happy to sell to you. 🙂 You could make you own using Mod Podge and this map paper though. I hope that helps! 🙂

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