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For The Love Of…Boxes

What can I say?  I love boxes;  cardboard, wood, big small.  It doesn’t matter.  Many are saved from my recycle.  Some find their way into my house via places such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  I’ve dressed them up using paint, ribbon, buttons, contact, scrapbook or wrapping paper.  I love little boxes as much as I love trays!

I think that’s the reason why boxes are next up in my For The Love Of series.

For The Love of Boxes Collage

A scalloped wood box covered with scrapbook paper and ribbon makes     decorated bird boxes.

Cover empty cell phone boxes with scrapbook paper or duct tape.

I used wrapping paper from Home Goods to cover a  boot box and gave it to my outdoorsy neighbor.

Use paint and a stencil to make a cute green ivy box.  I use it for recipes.

Bright pink  or blue paint and buttons made a set of cute boxes for a friend’s birthday.

3 drawer storage box always comes in handy.

Silver paint and glass squares made these  mirror boxes.

Do you have a love for boxes?  If you want to see other loves in this series just click on the page.  It’s noted at the top of the blog.  Happy Monday!

-renee

Reduce the Recycle…Save a Box {It’s a Wrap}

Sometimes when I see a really good empty box I squeal with delight, throw it in a closet for safe keeping and save it from the recycle bin.   Case in point, I’m sharing with you two such boxes today; a boot box and a box my new flat iron came in.  They were your normal everyday cardboard boxes and with the help of contact paper and gift wrapping paper they now look like this.

Birch Box 2

Yes, it’s true, this was the box my flat iron came in and I wrapped it in some wrapping paper from Home Goods.  My neighbor is really outdoorsy so I gave the box to her.  The paper reminds me of the bark on a tree.  I spray painted a wood knob and hot glued it on as well.  Spray adhesive worked well for adhering the paper.

Birch Box 1

A pair of my boots came in the other box and I used a pretty contact paper on it.

Boot Box 2

Box Collage

So next time you get ready to recycle a box think twice!

-renee

Sea of Maps

Last week 62 of my HR peers and I got together for our bi-annual two day meeting.  I was on the planning committee and we chose to do an international theme.  The content/speakers is the most important part of the meeting but it’s fun to dress the tables up a bit too.

We had a large quantity of small boxes available to us for free so I decorated 63 of them.  Using old maps from a 1967 atlas I had and some travel books as a starting point, I cut  out squares to fit the top of the boxes and adhered with spray adhesivet.  I also used some flags printed on full sheet label paper that my co-worker made.  I trimmed the sides of each box with  washi tape.  No two were alike.  Each was filled with different kinds of candy and each person received a box along with a name tag at their table.  Since folks came from outisde the U.S. the boxes were easy to travel with.

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They were fun to make and the room was so colorful.  It made me happy that I could contribute.  Do you ever decorate boxes?

Linking up to the monthly party at Beneath My Heart!    http://www.beneathmyheart.net/2013/06/best-diy-projects-of-june-linky-party-3/

-renee

DIY – Decorated Empty Cell Phone Boxes

I love quick DIY projects, especially when I already have all the supplies and don’t have to go out in the rain.  When I was doing some rainy day organizing on Sunday I came across several empty boxes our cell phones came in, a Flip video box and another box I couldn’t tell you where it came from.

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Here’s what I started with:

Before Phone Boxes Final Product - Phone Boxes

I bought the scrapbook paper several months ago on a clearance rack at Michaels.  The package had actually ripped open and the papers were loose.  I bought 10 sheets for $1.00.

I used a scalpel to cut the paper to size and used spray adhesive to glue it to the boxes.  I spent the hour after I finished the boxes walking around the house taking pictures of them in different settings.

boxes with candles

Vase and Box

Rooster

Close Up 2 boxes

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Check your drawers!  Do you have any empty boxes that need decorating?

-renee

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Decorated Bird Boxes

Hi all!  Happy Monday.  The best fun for me is when I make something for something else.  It makes me feel good. I decorated a couple of boxes not too long ago for my friend P’s birthday and shipped them off to New Jersey.

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There were a lot of simple steps so it took some time but very easy to do.  I probably should of taken a picture of the plain wood boxes, but I didn’t.  Take a look at this post on some button boxes I did to see what they look like unfinished.

Here are the steps:

  1. use some sandpaper to smooth the rough edges
  2. paint with an acrylic paint of your choice.  I used a soft blue and painted both the inside and out.  I used 2 coats.
  3. Then I sanded down the outside  just a little so a tiny tiny bit of the wood could peek through in places. 
  4. Cut scrapbook paper the size of the box tops and glue with decopauge.  Follow up with 2 or 3 layers of decopauge, letting dry between each coat.
  5. Spray boxes with a clear sealer
  6. The final touch is grabbing the hot glue gun and adding some lace

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016-2 I like these so much I’m going to make some for me. They will look adorable stacked on a dresser for spring and summer. Do you do any decopauging?

-renee

Linking up to these parties this week.

Movated Monday @ Be Colorfull

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