My first box, which was about 10 years ago, was decorated with bottle caps. The next one got a bit livelier with hand written Bukowski poem excerpts and drawings. Now that I cast my own resin pieces, I decided to glue my cast offs onto the box before painting them. This process reminds me of the day of the dead shrines with the little silver colored milagros, or at least like the painted macaroni art I made for my grandpa when I was little, hey I had to start somewhere.
You basically just need the following...
1.Ikeas box (needs to be assembled)
2.Spray paint (I recommend spray paint because it really gets into the nooks and crannies with ease, and you can add extra coats quicker and easier than with a brush).
3.Embellishments to glue onto the box, (Tip: sand the back of the embellishments before gluing them for extra staying power). If you don't have any resin castings like mine, you can try buttons, charm packs and castings from www.thebuzzardbrand.com, rocks, macaroni, go crazy!