Step 1: Materials
For the wall hanging:
Cardboard box(es)- 1 box makes 2 wall hangings
Tape or glue
Paints of your choice (I used acrylics)
1 wider paintbrush (1"-3")
Smaller paintbrush(es)- it helps if they are kinda stiff
For the stencil:
Picture to copy from
Pen or pencil
Step 2: Prepare Your Box
You will need to start by cutting your box in half. Do this by cutting the box in a line down the ends, top and bottom rather than the front or back. It helps if the box you are using has a "seam" where the 2 flaps meet on the top and bottom. This will give you the halfway mark where you should begin cutting.
After you have cut your box in half, you will need to either tape or glue the edges together where the box was originally opened. I used several strips of masking tape. Remember to only tape on the inside of the box so your paint will be smooth on the outside.
Step 3: Create Your Stencil
You can look at design magazines or fabric designs to get ideas for your stencil. I modified this design from a rug I saw in a magazine. Draw your design on paper, cut it out, and trace it onto your extra cardboard. Using the box cutter and cutting board, carefully cut out your design.
There are a couple ways of doing your stencil:
1) Trace the design from the cardboard onto your boxes first and then paint them in. OR
2) Hold the stencil steady and dab the paint around the stencil to make the design.
If you want to spend money, you can just buy a stencil at a craft store, but the nicer ones can be pretty expensive.