Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DIY Decorative Storage Boxes

So this project was born when Liz @ Bon Temps Beignet posted this project and got me thinking that we have several areas in our living room that I would love some cute boxes to fill! See exhibit A below:
And then I remembered that I had a few of these sitting around from when we used to sell things on Ebay. (I did not go to the post office and commandeer any...please don't do that! Any box will work! I just remembered these because she used them too!)
I took them outside and set up a little painting station..
And taped all of the flaps inside to hold it firmly together.
Then I coated them with white spray paint to hide the markings. Maybe you will get lucky and have some that are plain white!
Once they dried I took these babies down to my girl cave and stood them on end on top of my scrapbook paper that I got on clearance at Michael's. I traced the ends and cut out one in each pattern.
Because i am a perfectionist I held them up to the box to make sure I cut the right size.
And then I used Mod Podge both under and on the outside of the paper to hold it well. Once I smeared it all on I used my fingers to smooth out any bubbles.
Once they dried they looked like this:
Next, I took a thumb tack and made a hole on each side of the box about halfway back.
I took some jute and threaded it through the hole, tying a knot to secure it. Then I pulled the string around the front, threaded a key tag on and did the same on the other side of the box.
I ended up with this look going. I was going to put numbers on the tags but it seemed silly with only two boxes. And I don;t have something specific for them to hold, more of just clutter catchers. So I settled for "Love You." Why? I have no idea :)
And here are the little cuties in their places! Ignore all of the cords and dust. Its a work in progress people! Just keepin it real!

Aren't they so cute!?

 This shot was at night, so the lighting is a little weird. And you get my leg in the corner. You are welcome.
I really want to make more of these. I may undertake a larger box next time. We will see! It was seriously so easy though. and a much better solution than paying $5-8 for a storage box from the store!

I wanted to show you guys this cute baby dedication cake that I made last week too. I love it :)

That's all I have for now! Love you, friends!


  1. What a great way to re-use those boxes...they look great!

  2. Poop! If only I'd seen this post this morning, I just smooshed down all the boxes to be recycled! Definitely an idea to remember, thanks for sharing!

  3. so awesome..they look amazing!!

  4. Terrific recycling and they look great! :)

  5. What a great idea! Great way to recycle too. They look fantastic! :)

  6. Luv the boxes...they really make a difference! I did this to my envelope boxes to pretty up my desk area too! Keep the good ideas commin'!

  7. Great idea!! Love the paper too. Stoppy by from DIY by Design.


  8. Great boxes. I just used very similar boxes to make the centerpieces for my son's Confirmation party tables. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  9. That is such a good idea...I saw them somewhere lined with fabric, but just haven't wanted to undertake using fabric. I could easily use the spraypaint and mod podge!
    Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  10. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing this one too Katie! :-)

  11. Now that is just an amazing way of recycling things up. Reading through the comments, many actually are interested for theses decorative storage boxes. My sister usually visits this site: http://www.decorativestorageboxesnow.org
    also for decorative boxes product review. They sure have amazing crafts in stored as well.

  12. Wow! This is a great idea especially if you have a lot of boxes lying around collecting dust. Like the way you turned a dreary box into an artistic masterpiece. Hopefully you wouldn't mind if I borrow your idea. Keep up the good work and looking forward to more ideas on decorative storage boxes from you.


  13. Waste not want not. Turn your junk into decorative storage boxes. Kudos for the idea.

  14. Nice idea.

    Recycling and reusing things that are still reusable is very important nowadays. It helps clean our environment.

    Great job!

  15. I am so glad you posted this, I was about to start my own similar project but haven't done mod-podge before... so thanks!

  16. I am so glad you posted this, I was about to start my own similar project but haven't done mod-podge before... so thanks!

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