Simple to make, Stunning and Practical, what more could you ask for?
How to make a personalized Drop Box in 10 easy to follow steps.
Step 1: Purchase a wooden box from any arts and crafts store. It is up to you what size you would like. For this Drop Box, I used a 24cm x 50cm box.
Step 2: Using a clean dry paint brush, brush the box to remove any dust or a light sandpaper if the box has a few rough edges.
Step 3: Select the pictures that you would like to use. Print them out on normal paper, and cut and play around with them till you have the correct sizes and where you would like to place them in your drop box.
Step 4: Either get your local print shop to print the images on photo paper for you, of if you have a laser jet printer and photo paper you can print them at home.
Step 5: Choose a colour spray paint that you would like to use on your Drop Box. I chose black as it made the pictures stand out.
Step 6: Prep your work space with newspaper or a black bag. Make sure the wind is not blowing as this will cause your paint to travel as well as risking the newspaper or bag to blow up against your wet paint.
Step 7: Spray your box, ensuring that you cover all sides. The nice thing about using spray paint is that it dries really quickly so you can finish spraying the box in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry too much if there are areas that are not completely even, or have small run marks as your pictures will cover them.
Step 8: Once the box is dry, it is time to cut and glue your photos where you want them. Because I made this Drop Box for My Mom and Dad’s Anniversary I chose an image for the bottom that I knew would mean a lot to them.
Step 9: This is a bit of a fiddly bit, but it is worth it as it does look beautiful when it is finished. Get your peel off lettering ready to use. On a piece of scrap paper write the words you would like to put on the side of the Drop Box. E.G HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Then count the letters including spaces. For the words, Happy Anniversary, it is 18 including the spaces. Then take your edge of your box and mark where the middle is. The middle of mine was 12. Using your 18 for your letters work out which one is the middle. In this example, it is 9 which is the second (N) in Anniversary. Start by placing this N on the mark you made and work forward, so it will go NIVERSARY. Then work the other way to complete the words. This will ensure that your lettering is central. I find it easiest to use tweezers to peel off and place the letters.
Step 10: Now you have all your images stuck in place, it is time to use the Pratliglo. You will need to cover your work surface to ensure that you do not have any drips, as when it dries, there is no way of removing them. Make sure you have an old plastic card that you can use to smooth the mixture onto your Drop Box. Your will also need a paint brush, ensure it does not have any loose bristles as they will get stuck to your project. Using two disposable cups and a wooden stick, it is time to mix your Pratliglo. Start by mixing half the bottle, you will need the other half for the bottom as well as touch-ups. Make sure you mix exactly the same amount from each bottle into a cup. Stir it until it is properly mixed, and then pour it into the other cup, this will ensure that it is mixed from top to bottom. Now pour it into the inside of your box, using the card, make sure the mixture spreads evenly. It is self-levelling so you don’t have to worry too much, you just need to ensure that the entire inside is covered. Using your paint brush, paint the Pratliglo onto the sides of the box and the top edges. If little bubbles appear, which they normally do, just breath over them and they will disappear. I would suggest leaving it for a day to ensure that it has dried properly. Once it is dry, it is time to repeat the process on the other side. I recommend you use glass tot glasses to balance the corners of your Drop Box on, as this will ensure that if there are any drips, it will not stick to the counter or newspaper. Leave it for another day to dry. Using the last little bit of mixture in the bottles, you can now apply any touch ups needed.
And there you have it, the perfect personalised gift that is not only beautiful but practical. We made my Husband one for Father’s Day last year, it is on the counter by the door, and daily he walks in and places his keys, wallet, sunglasses and cell phone in the box. The kids know that it is his box and they are not to touch anything in it, and I don’t have to run around the next day trying to find where he put his wallet or keys. A Drop Box is the bomb.
What you will need:
- A Wooden box
- Spray paint
- Peel off Lettering
- Paint brush
- Plastic card
- Two disposable cups
- Wooden stick/scraper
- Ruler, pen, scissors and scrap paper
- Newspaper or plastic bag
- 4 glass tot glasses
- 3 – 4 days
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