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DIY, Mosaic, Collage Box
Found a cheap old box and decided to give it a make over. But I had no money so decided to upcycle using old DVD's and glue. I was very pleased with the results!

Posted by Gingerbread1992 from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Gingerbread1992's 9 projects »
  • Step 1

    First you need to take your box (I was fortunate to have a cheap old box already, but you can buy them very cheap, or make one yourself from thick card) and paint a base onto the box. I used black because it really brings out the colour of the mosaic, but you can use any colour that takes your fancy!

  • How to make an embellished box. Purple Mirror Mosaic Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    While the paint is drying, take a strong pair of scissors and cut up the DVDs/CDs roughly.
    (The great thing about the blank DVD's that I used is that they are made of 2 layers, the mirror base and a purple plastic on the top which gave the mosaic a lovely purple sheen)

  • Step 3

    When the paint on the box is dry, you can start glueing your pieces one side at a time. Practise laying out each piece of disk before glueing, starting at the edges. Then use PVA glue and press each piece onto the surface. This can be time consuming but gives excellent and accurate results.
    When you have finished gluing one side, paint a top coat of glue over the mosaic to prevent chipping. Wait to dry and then move on to the next side.

    Before you know it, you will have a gorgeous mirror box :-D

  • Step 4

    Please note: this is a project that requires some patience, and obviously you need to be careful about the small shards of disk that you cut (make sure that you pick up all small pieces afterwards, especially if you have children or pets with you)

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twookie77 · Cloverdale, Indiana, US
Thank you for sharing!! I love the look of the box & it solves my problem for the cheap boxes I bought to decorate Happy Paint couldn't hide their glaring cheapness lol. Also, this will make me feel better knowing all the discs the kids scratch beyond using still have a use Happy
Gingerbread1992 · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 20 projects
You are very welcome! And I am glad you have significant need of this tutorial Happy I love that almost everything can be transformed into something beautiful- upcycling is the future!
Joybells · Norfolk, Virginia, US · 23 projects
Wow! This looks awesome. I've got to do this now. Thanks for sharing.
Gingerbread1992 · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 20 projects
I'm glad you think so, thank you so much! Happy
mr.nawaabfuzzumspompom · Rawalpindi, Punjab, PK
can I use a hot glue gun to glue on the pieces?
Gingerbread1992 · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 20 projects
I would assume so yes, just make sure to press down the pieces so they don't protrude unevenly Happy
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
So pretty, I really like the color! ^_^
eccemullier · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 95 projects
This looks pretty easy to make, but truly beautiful and captivating, I'm impressed Congratulations!! =)
Gingerbread1992 · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 20 projects
thank you so much! Happy

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