Nov 1, 2010

Storage Boxes

Storage Boxes

Here's an idea using materials you should have just lying around the house. The decorative element of this craft is entirely up to you. We used fabric, but you can also use scrapbooking paper, decoupage with cutouts or anything that you find! Add detail with ribbon, buttons, stamps, labels, etc. or keep it simple like we did.

Supplies:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardboard box
Directions:
  • Lay your material on a flat surface with the pattern face down. Either measure the dimensions of the bottom side of your box or place it in the center. Trace with a pencil.

  • Continue to make your pattern (which will look like a plus sign when you're done) by measuring and/or tracing each side of your box connected to the center (bottom) piece.

  • As you cut the pattern, leave at least 1/4 of an inch of space around the edges. At each corner, cut a diagonal slit through the 1/4 inch of extra material just to the edge of the pattern.

  • We used spray glue because it is the most even and mess-free glue for this project. Start with the bottom and glue it. Move on to the two end pieces, gluing the extra 1/4 inch down to the side of the box. Fold the top edges over and glue them to the inside of the box. Secure with paper clips or clothes pins.

  • Finish by gluing the cloth to the sides. On the sides, make sure you apply glue to the entire piece of fabric then fold the extra 1/4 inch in and press to create a flat, even edge. Make sure there is glue on the entire piece of fabric (including folded over parts) then press onto sides of box. Fasten the top edges with paper clips or clothes pins.

  • Dry overnight.

  • Fill with kitchen supplies, office supplies, or whatever else you might need to store.

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