I need help with an arts and crafts project!

@rebelmel (1387)
United States
July 29, 2009 10:35pm CST
I have a lot of boxes at my apartment, and I like having them to store things in. I am a packrat. But, I also hate having cardboard boxes laying around, so I decided I could decorate them with pictures cut out of magazines (it will give me a chance to get rid of the old magazines, too!) But my only problem is I am not sure what to use as an adhesive. If I use glue, the pictures stand a chance of ripping at the edges and wearing off. If I cover it in tape, it wont look that good anymore. Does anyone have any ideas of how to do this to make it look the best? Thanks!
4 responses
@aschip (166)
• India
30 Jul 09
There are many disadvantages of posting those pictures on the boxes using glue or adhesive. I have a different idea which you might try. Use a thin plastic sheet over the pictures, use a candle to melt the plastic a little bit and paste it on the side of the box. Or if you dont wanna play with fire. Use a long needle and sew the edges of the plastic sheet.. what I mean is If the outer rectangle is the one side of the box "S" defines the boundary of a plastic sheet which you should stitch/sew into the box _________________________________________ | | | S S | | S S | | S S | | S S | | S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S | |_______________________________________| Now you can insert pictures into the sheet. No need for glue and more over you can replace your pictures too !!
@aschip (166)
• India
30 Jul 09
Damn it turned out wrong __________________ | | |S S | |S S | |S S | |S S S S S S S S | |_________________| I hope this turns out correct.
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Haha. Don't worry, I see what you are saying. I don't really like that idea though, no offense. I want to make a huge collage on these boxes so that I can store my old things in them and they can represent who I am,. My problem with collages is that I get really intricate, I use about 100 little tiny cut outs from magazines, and those won't stay in place in a plastic pocket.
@aschip (166)
• India
30 Jul 09
Ohh ok .. yeah if you wanna have collages and stuff then my idea isnt so good. Hmm ... for adhesives you can try stronger adhesives like Fevicol or something....
@shazz282 (177)
• New Zealand
30 Jul 09
Hi, I think wall paper paste would be good for that as its like glue but more of a paste and its clear in colour. Not 100% sure but it could work. :o)
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Where can I find paper paste? Is there a way to make it? I think when I was younger I used to mix glue and water and use a brush to apply it, but I don't remember if that worked as well as I want it to!
@shazz282 (177)
• New Zealand
30 Jul 09
Im not sure where you would get it from? in new Zealand we would go to any shop that sells wallpaper. Might even be at a warehouse store! such as k-mart or the warehouse! Not sure of the names of your stores. A shop that sells all sorts of odds & ends. Or you could try this one Plain flour mixed with water, we use to use these to make paper mache as children. Paper Mache is newspaper pasted to balloons etc... then you pop the balloon when its dry and the shape stays. Its good stuff. Its similar to glue.
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I used to do this when I was little, too, but the only problem I have with using the flour is the texture afterwards and that it may make the pictures look a little faded. On some of the boxes though, I think I might try to make them look faded and a bit old and "vintage" if you will, so I will probably end up using this method. Maybe paint it with a glue and water mixture afterward just for the extra hold? I'll let you know how my project goes!
@jeadams7 (69)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Try some spray adhesive. It's dry, sticks very well, and the pictures will not come off when you are done. After you do that, you can try coating it with a clear gloss if you want to make it shiny :D
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Where do I get this kind of stuff!? It sounds like exactly what I need!
• United States
2 Aug 09
Probably Walmart or something simple like that. You can get elmer's brand or something it's pretty good. And as far as the blow dryer goes, the plastic won't melt onto your pictures, it will just cover it and stick so that it provides a protective cover.
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I will have to try that and see if it makes the same end product as I am hoping for! Thank you for your response and input! I will let you know how my project works out!
@divkris (1163)
• India
30 Jul 09
If you think using tapes will cause a damage then try this. Cut a piece (say 2-3 inches) from the tape (colored or transparent) and then join both the ends in such a way that the adhesive part is out - it will look like a cylider or circle now. Then stick it behind the image, wait till it sticks to the paper completely and then stick the other image to the cardboard - the other adhesive side will automatically stick to the cardboard. Have you tried using double side tapes - they can be of help too - you can get them from a stationary shop :) Try it and let us know the results :)
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
30 Jul 09
The problem with this method is that I don't want the edges of the pictures to rip after a while, which is what I will get if I use this method. I could probably do this to initially put the pictures on the box, but I need some other sort of adhesive to coat the whole box with after.
@divkris (1163)
• India
31 Jul 09
well then try sticking the tape to the edges of the picture so that it looks like a frame. Try it :)
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I have done that before, and the part of the picture that isn't part of the frame will fade after time. The only way I could do this with tape would be to tape the ENTIRE box.