Flower Box with Napkin Decoupage

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Hello friends!

It’s Trash To Treasure Tuesday…wow that came up fast! I think February is going to fly by just like January did and I’m okay with that because I am beyond ready for warm weather.

We’ve been busy little bees working on our hall bath remodel. If you follow along on Instagram, you know we hit a snag on the vanity. Boo! But I will make it work.
I can’t wait to share more. Be sure to follow along over on Instagram to keep up with our makeover there, I’m sharing as we go!

The downstairs half bath is done! Yippee! I will be sharing it next week since I have a special post to share on Thursday…my birthday is tomorrow and it’s a biggie (ha!) so I thought I’d do a giveaway for you all to celebrate it. :) Be sure to come on by to enter to win! (Not a follower yet? You can follow me right here so you won’t miss a thing >>> I’m in!)

Okay, let’s talk T2T. I’m sharing this fun little find I recently picked up from the thrift store. I’m sure it’s all prepped and ready for a Valentine’s kind of thing with the “amor” but I skipped right on past that to spring, well, because I’m ready! ;)

before photo of red box with amor on front

Cute little box, right?

But I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it when I saw it.

I found these sweet “springy” floral napkins on Amazon and thought they’d be perfect for it.
I’d make a little flower box for spring.

colorful floral napkins

You can find them, here.

Aren’t they sweet?

So I sprayed one coat of primer on the box. Then painted a coat of Cobblestone. (I LOVE this color)
You can find it, here.

Here’s how I would lay the napkin on the box.

showing where the floral napkin will go

I applied it with this product >>> Fusion Decoupage & Transfer Gel

showing where to apply the napkin

And even wrapped it over the top edges.

Here’s a little trick… wait until it dries and then use sandpaper to “cut” it where you want to remove.

using sandpaper to cut the edge of the napkin

showing how the napkin cuts

It makes it so easy!

I usually seal with a top coat but didn’t this time. You can though, I usually use >>> this.

And that’s it! Done!

purple african violets inside floral napkin decoupage box

I hopped on over to The Home Depot to find some “spring” flowers only to find there was almost nothing to be found. Boo!
Too early I guess.

I did find these sweet little African Violets though.

gold mirror with flower box

How cute is that?

So spring-ish. I can NOT wait.

purple african violets inside flower box

As you can see, I left the metal (but painted with Cobblestone) edges plain. I love how it looks.

Now a little up close of the napkin decoupage.

up close photo of floral napkin decoupage

If you think you can do it without any wrinkles, think again.
That’s just the nature of it. You will have wrinkles, some more, some less.
But that’s just the beauty of it.

up close photo of floral napkin decoupage

Napkin decoupage is so much fun. The design possibilitles are endless.

back view of floral box

I think this napkin was made for this box, don’t you?

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I hope you enjoyed all the makeovers today! Have a blessed week, friends, I will see you right back here on Thursday! :)



  1. As always, your creative work is artistically magical. This is another beautiful transformation. While other people seamlessly absorb processes, I am gifted in the process of getting confused. 🙄. The use of the decoupage transfer paste, seems mysterious. So, is it a process of glueing the floral tissue paper to the box?
    Decoupage processes and transfer processes are a matter of adhering the tissue paper directly to the box? As usual, I’m missing something (besides a few marbles). Thank you for your magical work displays.

    1. I know! I guess you paint the box with decoupage medium and then apply the paper because the napkin seems kind of fragile. (After the base coat of actual paint!)
      I have Mod Podge, I would apply that to the box, stick on the napkin. After it all dries, I would apply more Mod Podge to seal it. Or maybe not wait till it dries? I have not done this with paper napkins, it’s a guess. I have never done transfers.
      I don’t see evidence of sandpapering.

      1. Oh it’s not so hard, promise! :) Yes, paint first, let that dry well, then apply the transfer gel, then the napkin over that. It is very fragile, you won’t want to move it once you lay it down so be sure to lay it exactly where you want it. You sort of get a feel for doing it once you’ve done it a couple of times. I would wait till it dries to apply a top coat.
        And the sandpapering is only to “cut” the edge on the edge side of the wood box. It’s a great way to get it perfect! I even did this same technique with fabric on these fabric front drawers in this post here.

    2. Aw, thank you my friend! Oh, it’s easier than it seems. And yes, basically just that, but gently. You just brush on a layer of transfer gel (I like to run the brush under water quickly to get it just a tiny bit wet and then brush over the transfer gel) You don’t want it too wet, however. Then gently lay the tissue paper/napkin over top and press carefully. You sort of get a feel for it once you do it once or twice. You can then let it dry and then apply another coat of transfer gel or poly to seal it. :) xoxo

  2. You always have such lovely vision, and your decoupage skills are remarkable! We’ve had a mild winter down south, so much that the lady bugs are still swarming. Stay warm and see again soon!

    1. Aw thanks, Cecilia! :) And oh that is so nice for you!! We really have mostly too and getting 60s for the next few days, yay! xoxo

  3. That is a FABULOUS transformation. Seriously beautiful – and sooooo spring ready. We’re completely under snow – this sure does remind us that there is a spring around the corner in a few months. I love winter so don’t want it to fly by too quickly, but this is a very well done project.
    I have a bit of a napkin obsession – which is ironic because if I ever entertain I use cloth ones – and I have soooooooooooooooooooooooo many of them too. But I get these pretty paper ones and have often wanted to use them for decoupage. I need to get working on that soon. I am such a procrastinator about crafting. Shame on me. You have inspired me, lady! Thanks!!! :-D

    1. Aw, you are so sweet, Michele!! And no to snow!! haha It’s so pretty and I do love A snow but then it’s got to go! If winter were mid up 50’s, I’d be a happy camper! lol
      That’s so funny you have so many napkins, get busy with them…I see lots of projects in your future! ;) Hugs! xoxo

  4. This came out so pretty. I have two African Violets and now I want a box like that to put them in lol. Thank you for this idea.

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