Star-Spangled Box

This star-shape box displays words from the National Anthem.

What You Need:

Written into textured gel, the words of Francis Scott Key will be cherished for generations.
  • Pencil
  • Ruled notebook paper
  • Scissors
  • Star-shape box
  • Texturizing gel (found in acrylic paint section of art stores)
  • Palette knife
  • Acrylic paints in cream, blue, and red
  • Paintbrush
  • Glossy decoupage medium
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Rag


1. Write out the first verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on a piece of lined notebook paper. Cut out each line and arrange onto the box lid to fit. Keeping in order, set aside the words for reference later. Use a ruler to draw pencil lines on box lid to use as a guide for each line of words.

2. Use a palette knife to spread texturizing gel onto the lid surface one line at a time, spreading evenly to the pencil drawn baseline. The gel is usually white and dries transparent. Write the words into the gel with a sharp pencil or other instrument until all lines are completed.

3. Spread gel on lid sides. Let the gel dry.

4. Place the lid on the box. Draw a line around the box along the edge of the lid. Remove the lid. Spread gel onto box sides below the pencil line. Draw lines to divide stripes. Let the gel dry.

5. Paint the lid top and the sides of the box cream. Paint the lid sides blue. Paint alternating red stripes on the box sides. Let the paint dry.

6. Paint a coat of decoupage medium onto the entire surface. Let it dry.

7. Paint brown antiquing gel onto painted surfaces. When it begins to dry, wipe it with a slightly dampened soft cloth, removing some of the gel and leaving brown in the crevices. Let the gel dry.


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