I hijacked the dining room table nearly the whole week with this project - covering two large tea boxes with washi paper. The boxes are lined in tin - very sturdy and practical - beautifying them with washi paper is a favorite craft among expats here in Tokyo, and my friend was kind enough to take me shopping for washi paper and show me the ropes.
|Very quilty design, wouldn't you agree?|
|I cut the strips for the lid rim just like I would fabric.|
|One large sheet of washi paper costs about 600 yen, or about 8 dollars.|
Mod-podge type goop and careful folding, overlaping... to adhere the paper to the box... plenty of drying time... then several layers of shellac....
And now voila - two functional and pretty storage pieces. They are tin inside - mildew and water proof. Very practical.
This next one holds Christmas decorations (thereby freeing up some precious closet space) and replaces a generic end table in the living room.