How to flock a box without flocking.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-06-2008 04:03 AM 26745 reads 17 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got an empty box that needs some kind of lining. How about fabric?

I have never used flocking to line the inside of a box before so I can tell you if it’s any easier the my method.

I do know that my method gives you an unlimited choice of colors and patterns of fabric. Also you get as many chances to do it right as you want. If you don’t like it just rip it out and start over.

You all might remember this box from the build something without glue or fastener compitition?
Well it looks kind of naked. I will use this as my sample box. Now since the wooden hinges are in the back
I will only put fabric in the bottom

This is a great adhesive. I have been using this can for a couple of years now!

I glue the fabric to a thin piece of cardboard. This makes it very easy to handle.

The perfect type is what you can find on the back of a paper notepad.

I cut it so that it is a little over 1/16” undersize in both directions.


Once the cardboard is cut, I spray glue on one side and then stick it to the fabric. Then I trim to about 1/2” around the cardboard. Then lastly cut the corners at a 45 staying a little way from the corners of the cardboard.

Then spray glue around the edges and fold the fabric over on all four edges.


Then just spray glue on the back surface of the entire piece and place it in the box.

Now if I were going to do the inside of the entire box I would do the back first, then the sides, and lastly the front. The reason for that is that any seams/overlap will face away from the front of the box.

This technique works on any surface that has a single plane. Curves, circles, triangles…

Here are some boxes that I used this on:

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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-06-2008 04:52 AM

Hey Gary, that is a fantastic technique! I’ll have to ask my wife if she’d like the bottom of her Mother’s Day box covered. If so, this is how I’ll do it.

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#2 posted 06-06-2008 05:01 AM

Great Idea Gary.
I’m going to copy you! <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 06-06-2008 05:42 AM

That’s one way to get the flock out!... <g>

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#5 posted 06-06-2008 11:06 AM

Gary, as usual, you are a wealth of information. I have been considering the spray on flocking but this looks to be more versatile and easier.

Thanks for sharing one of your trade secrets. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 12:25 PM

thats a great technique Gary! i think i have to use that for a box i make. thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 01:00 PM

I learned something again Gary….... you’re too much. Thanks for the post.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 10:22 PM

THANKS FOR SHOWING ME. I plan on trying that.AL

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#9 posted 06-07-2008 12:52 AM

Great idea

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-07-2008 06:32 PM

good idea. Plus in my case I haven’t found a flocking source anyhow.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#11 posted 06-08-2008 11:20 AM

P.S. a great source of crushed velvet and the like is what we call charity shops – Thrift Stores. A garment for a couple of dollars can provide enough material for dozen or so boxes. I did get strange looks last week when buying a purple velvet mini skirt though!

Be aware that the solvents in some spray-on adhesives can affect certain jewellery. After some vintage plastic (but quite valuable) jewellery became sticky, even weeks after lining a box, I started to use double sided tape instead.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 06-08-2008 10:35 PM

I’m going to try this on my next two boxes… Thanks Gary!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 06-09-2008 06:21 AM

A great tip. Thanks.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 09-17-2008 01:55 AM

Great alternative to flocking, GaryK.

Super 77 is great stuff BUT it’ll mess you up if you’re not careful to use it in a well ventilated environment. I’ve used a lot of spray glues over the years as a graphic designer and #77 is the real deal for permanence. My method is as with other rubber and contact cements… spray both surfaces and allow to dry then CAREFULLY put your pieces together and they will never let go of each other. Voila!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 01-13-2009 05:28 PM

awesome! thanks for the lesson :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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