I like the song "Little Boxes" but these are the new recipe type boxes at Michael's in the dollar bins. I really don't work at Mike's but I used to be a floral designer there...years ago. I had to quit because my kidneys were failing and the rule was that I couldn't sit down and my body said I couldn't stand up for eight hours a day.
This is how I decorated last years boxes...collaged with tissue paper and a little paint here and there.
This time I just slapped on a bit of gesso to cover the design and went over it with Adirondack Color Wash and a sponge applicator. Piece of cake!