Thursday, August 23, 2012

Goodbye Ugly Boxes; Hello Stylish Storage

I don't like storing things in boxes, whether it be shoe boxes or any type of brown box.  I'm always trying to hide them in closets or in spaces that no one can see because they are so ugly. As of yesterday, my thoughts about using boxes for storage have changed. The tutorials listed below were an eye opener to try this right away. 

Lined Canvas Box at Mandy's Kraft Exploits
Stenciled Diaper Box at Projects at the Picketts

Many tutorials start with diaper boxes as these did. But the techniques used can be used on any size boxes. I had a need for some fabric storage so I used an empty copy paper box I had in the cellar. Here is the fabric  chose.  The tutorials will tell you what other supplies you need depending on how you want to create and decorate your boxes.

I used spray adhesive and hot glue to secure the fabric to the box.  I knew I was going to use a liner, so the top edges of the box stayed unfinished.
 When completed, I had a pretty storage container.

I can't wait to make more. More boxes, more fabric, right? :)

This project is going to be popular, I already have ideas for more, specifically for my husband whose magazines are laying all over the dining room table. He is a hunter and trapper so I'm thinking a nice box covered in camouflage would do the trick.

Lessons learned:

1. Follow the directions on calculating measurements and cutting exactly. It WILL make a difference when you start covering the box.

2. Be careful of the hot glue if you choose to use it.  Ouch!

What are your ideas for using fabric covered boxes?


Kathleen said...

Love it with the liner! Thanks for linking back to my post :)

Lindsey said...

Love them!!! My project to do AFTER the one I already have planned...:)

Tracy said...

You're welcome Kathleen. I'm sure you'll see many links back.

Tracy said...

You are going to have many of those " I already have one planned" projects. Can't wait to see what you do.

Neene Shields said...

Fabulous idea. Very, very stylish.