Monday, May 11, 2009
Make your own decorative storage boxes! - BTSH Around The House Tip of the Week
Every home décor line seems to have their own version of a decorative storage box. You know the ones. These are those handy boxes that look beautiful on your shelves, and hide all of your clutter!! These boxes can be pricey, and you have a limited selection of designs. So, why not make these yourself? This is a great rainy day project!
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:
The best shoe boxes are the ones that have a slightly loose fitting lid. Remember, once you cover both the lid and base in a layer of wrapping paper, the lid will fit tighter. Also be sure to choose a good quality wrapping paper. Keep your home décor in mind when choosing the paper design.
To start, center the box on the wrapping paper and trace. Next, measure each side of the box, add approximately 1 inch to each measurement, and draw your outline around the traced box, similar to Diagram A, and cut. Repeat the same steps for the lid, only adding about a 1/2 inch to each side. Next, cut and fold the paper according to Diagram A, wrap paper over each side of the box, and secure with tape. Be sure to use a strong scotch tape, or even packing tape. Tape ALL edges. Repeat for the lid.
These multi-purpose decorative boxes can now be used anywhere in the house. Label the boxes by printing a description, or a picture, of the contents on photo paper, cut to size, and use photograph corners to secure to box. TIP: Photo paper and corners are both sold at most dollar stores!
Your original boxes will stand out, and your clutter won’t. All for the price of a roll of wrapping paper (and maybe the shoes that originally came in the box).
Written by Shauna Lynn Simon, Beyond The Stage Homes