DIY wooden box head

I bought these cheapo wooden boxes a while back, but I couldn’t figure out exatly what to do with them, so they’ve just been gathering dust around the apartment…until now! Inspiration struck last weekend while I was researching all things Japanese (we have a Tokyo vacation planned for this fall – please send me tips!), and I decided some kawaii style boxes were just what I needed to organize my craft supplies! I love how they turned out, and filling their little heads with washi tape and other doodads has been cracking me up.

Plus these boxes are super duper easy to customize – wouldn’t it be fun to make one for each member of your family?! Go crazy with it!

DIY wooden box head

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an unfinished cigar box or any other wooden crafts box
  • screwdriver
  • acrylic paint
  • pencil
  • fine black marker
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper, sized down to fit the inside of the box
  • rubber cement

DIY box head instructions

  1. Use a screwdriver to remove all the hardware
  2. Paint the entire lid with the “hair color” of your choice. Then paint the sides and the back of the lower half of the box and let dry – be sure to leave the front clear for the face!
  3. Paint the inner sides of the lid and box. Don’t worry about being too neat – we’ll be lining the insides with paper later on
  4. Very lightly (this is important if you’re using a pale color) sketch out the hair and face on the front of the box with a pencil, and then fill in the hair portion with paint
  5. Once all the paint is dry, trace over the eye and mouth with a black marker. Erase any stray pencil marks if necessary
  6. Screw all the hardware back in. Spread a thin layer of rubber cement on the unpainted insides of the box, and carefully line with your pretty paper
  7. Fill up that adorable head with some trinkets!

DIY wooden box head

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  4. Regina says:

    So original & incredibly pretty. You have such a special blog.

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  7. Regina says:

    That’s so beautiful & creative & original, congratulations!!!

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  10. Johanna says:

    Tokyo in the fall? Whaaa the whaaa….ahhhh so jealous. And these my dear, are ADORABLE!

  11. Jen says:

    GLORIA!!! These are insanely adorable. I’m in love. I was just trying to figure out a cute storage idea for the shelves in my girls’ room. They are going to LOVE this!

  12. These are perfect! I could have so many uses for them, and those little faces make them even more perfect:)

  13. Stephanie says:

    Oh my goodness… these are too cute! What a great way to store washi tape!

  14. AH, too cute! Pinning now :)

  15. Kyra says:

    Oh, gosh–you’re too cute Gloria! Do you need a dog sitter while you’re exploring Tokyo? :)

  16. April says:

    So cute and they look so simple to paint! I wonder what a cat box would look like.

  17. Jane Y. says:

    oh my gosh. yes these are super adorable! :)

  18. Mariko says:

    Wow. It seems like everyone is going to Japan this year. Definitely check out for discounted accommodations and consider a day or two in Hakone for the onsens. Also, that DIY is mega cute!

  19. rooth says:

    Gloria this is too cute! You clever clever girl