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Project of the Month ~ Painted Tea Box

Your child will love making something just for mom, and what better way for mom to relax after a new baby than to make a cup of mother's milk tea with the bags stored in this cute box.

Materials needed:

  • Small wooden box with hinged lid
  • Acrylic paints in white and a dark color
  • Paint brushes
  • Alphabet stencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Tea bags


  1. Paint the top and sides of the box with the darker paint color. The example was first painted in a dark country blue. Allow the box to dry well before continuing.

  2. Apply a coat of white paint over the dark blue and allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding with the sanding.

  3. Sand all sides and top of the box to give it a weathered look. The more you sand the more the darker first paint layer will show through. Be sure to sand the edges of the box more as that is the part that would naturally wear through the most. The best part of this project is that the paint doesn't need to be applied evenly. If your child applies the paint too heavy in places, just sand a little extra.

  4. Wipe the "paint dust" off with a damp cloth.

  5. Using the stencils, paint on the words "Mother's Tea" on the front of the box in the dark colored paint. I found it best to allow a few minutes drying time between each letter so you don't smear the paint. If you do smear the paint you can always wet a paper towel and wipe off the newest layer of paint. If you remove too much white you can always repaint a coat. My children and I did this while making the sample! Using stencils or freehand decorate the top of the box with a flower and leaf pattern or other motif if desired.

  6. Allow box to dry and fill with tea bags. Both my 5 and 2 year old boys had a great time with this project and only required minimal help from mom!
Sean and box

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