Do you remember the Monkey Box I bought at a rummage sale? I have finally done something with it. What do you think? Better? So what does how to use wax paper to make faux capiz have to do with the monkey box? I used it to transform this old, ugly box. Can you believe how it looks now?
Pinterest was the inspiration although it was all about making the capiz chandeliers. I decided to give it a try to spruce up this old trinket box.
The first thing I did was take off what hardware I could and tape off the piece that wouldn’t come off and spray paint the box, inside and outside white. And don’t lose a screw like I did. I “stole “one from another small hinge.
Next step; get some wax paper, parchment paper, your iron and a circle cutter. I tore off a piece of the parchment paper which will protect the iron. Take a piece of the wax paper and fold it in thirds.
Place it in between the parchment paper. Iron it at a low setting. You may need to adjust the heat. It will depend on your iron. By ironing the wax paper it melts the 3 layers together.
I happen to have a Cuddle bug and the circle template, which has 4 different sizes. Perfect for my plan. I made a boatload of these circles.
Time to give this box its makeover. Now looking at the pile of wax paper circles it doesn’t look like capiz, real or faux. Stick with me. Brush on Mod Podge and start putting the circles in a random pattern on the box. I cut some of the circles to create a straight edge. Use these on the edges.
Just layer the circles and continue to brush on the Mod Podge. Let it dry. If it looks like the edges will curl up you may want to do a final coat of Mod Podge.
I took a little bit of paper towel and wrapped it around a pouncer brush to apply gold metallic wax on the hinges and latch. I left some of the old finish show through to give it an aged look. My final step was to put the hardware back on and I was done.
At the last minute, I decided to add feet to the box. And to measure I took a piece of balsa wood, placed it at the edge, drew a line and repeated on all 4 sides. Glue the finials between the pencil lines. And paint to match with any paint you have.
It took me longer to get to this project then it took to do it. So that is how to use wax paper to make faux capiz. I am already thinking of another project using this technique. Will you be trying it?
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