Paper Mache Tithing Boxes

I have another fun project to share with you. Tithing boxes. These were my examples to show the girls at Activity Days. I’ve had several requests for instruction or template so here you go.

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These are medium sized (about 4 inches wide) paper mache boxes from Roberts. I think they were around $1.29 each and happened to be 30% off when I bought them. I bought two different shapes because they didn’t have enough of one shape for all my girls but  I think the hexagon shape was the favorite with the girls.

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If you are using scrapbooking paper, all you have to do is trace the box shape and cut it out a bit smaller so that it won’t hang off the edge. If you are looking for a hybrid project click here for a template and leave me a comment.

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The strip of paper that goes around the bottom of the circle box needs to be 12.25 x 1.75 inches. So a 12 inch paper is, unfortunately, just shy of making it all the way around. I patched mine up but some of the girls opted to leave the little gap. If you are doing hybrid you’ll have to print 2 strips for around the circle as well as around the lid rim if you don’t use ribbon.

Once you have your paper printed and cut, simply paste the paper on the boxes with a glue stick. Make sure you glue the edges down well so that the lid doesn’t catch the corners when you’re slipping it on. Some of the girls tried modge podge over the top but I didn’t think it was necessary.

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Decorate the top with a cute paper flower and button and ribbon. If you don’t have (matching) ribbon to go around the lid just use a slim strip of paper. Perhaps you have a small scalloped edge punch that will just look darling.

If you need a few paper flower tutorials, I found some here, here and here.

I made my circle box flower by punching out 4  scalloped circles. Then I folded each circle in half and in half again making 4 trianglish shapes. Then I glued the 4 pointed tips together in a circle which makes a flower. Then glue a button on top. Easy pease!

My hexagon box flower is one of those accordion ones. Take a long strip of paper, fold it like an accordion, staple or glue the ends together making sure the ends point to the underside of the flower. This will make the strip into a ring. Flatten it by pushing the top edge in to make a circle. Glue it to your box and put a button on top to hold in place. I used a hot glue gun which makes it much easier and faster.

Most of my activity day girls made the scalloped punch flower because it’s easier… but of course you’ll have to have access to a circle punch of some sort if you don’t want to cut them all out.

Next add a tag that you either stamped or printed out that says tithing on it.

And lastly, use an exact-o knife or razor to cut a slit in the top. Have an adult do this part and make sure a quarter can fit through.

ps. my slits are not perfect so don’t expect yours to be either.

And that’s it! Happy hybriding!

9 comments on Paper Mache Tithing Boxes

  1. Sabra
    January 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh these are DARLING! Love them and the ideas you could extend to many different things!

  2. Carrie
    January 26, 2011 at 10:51 am (3 years ago)

    super cute! What a fun activity for the girls.

  3. Angie
    January 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm (3 years ago)

    thank you so much

  4. staci
    January 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

    love it!!

  5. Mary
    January 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm (3 years ago)

    What a fun little project. I think my granddaughters would love helping make these!

  6. Christy
    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Really cute – thanks!

  7. Shuckclod
    January 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Cute idea. I have done my share with paper and paint. Nice to have a template. Thank you….

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