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.
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.
A pair of my boots came in the other box and I used a pretty contact paper on it.
So next time you get ready to recycle a box think twice!
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.
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/
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.
Here’s what I started with:
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.
Check your drawers! Do you have any empty boxes that need decorating?
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Between Naps on the Porch
Home Stories A to Z
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.
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:
- use some sandpaper to smooth the rough edges
- paint with an acrylic paint of your choice. I used a soft blue and painted both the inside and out. I used 2 coats.
- Then I sanded down the outside just a little so a tiny tiny bit of the wood could peek through in places.
- 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.
- Spray boxes with a clear sealer
- The final touch is grabbing the hot glue gun and adding some lace
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?
Linking up to these parties this week.
Movated Monday @ Be Colorfull
Metaphorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Home Stories A to Z
Shabby Creek Cottage
TT & J