In the past I have up-cycled boxes and stuff into other uses. Usually, I just throw the stuff into the box without worrying too much about appearance. However, I am starting to notice a trend (I watch way too much HGTV), which is where people don't display their stuff, they put it all into decorative containers and boxes so that it's all hidden away. I have to admit that it makes a shelf, no matter how well organized, look clutter-free.
Those decorative containers can get very expensive. I know that those fabric cube containers run anywhere from $4-$10 each. As noted in the past, I'm cheap. Not to mention that the shelves in my living room were built a few years ago, by Bob, to our own specifications, not so that a certain container would fit on it. It's hard to find containers that will fit on those shelves, so I up-cycled some boxes that did fit.
- Contact paper, wallpaper, fabric, wrapping paper...whatever gives you the design you wish the outside of the box to have. Except for contact paper, you will need tape to attach it to the box with.
- A box, or boxes depending on how many you need. For my first set of shelves I made five.
- Decorative ribbon (if desired).
- Scissors and tape.
I had a few of these K-Cup boxes that I had been saving. They're the perfect size for this project.
I started by cutting off the top flaps:
And because I planned to use contact paper on this box, which tends to be thin, I turned the box inside-out:
Then I covered it with contact paper:
I did another one using wallpaper and tape:
I added a ribbon trim to the outside of all the boxes, but forgot to take pics of the process.
I kept going until I had done all the boxes and then rearranged the shelves:
Another project I did was covering Milo's treat bucket so that it's decorative as well as functional. We use an old ice cream bucket (I use those things for everything!!) with the lid and keep it on the other shelf in the living room near our bedroom door. It was kind of an eyesore since it looked like an obvious ice cream bucket.
I started by measuring the bucket around at the top, under the lid, and also top to bottom. When measuring around, I made sure to allow for a small overlap:
You can also find instructions on how to turn a box into under-shelf storage here: DIY Undershelf/Cupboard Storage
And now the links to the rest of the posts! We've got another round of interesting blog posts this month!
Karen at Baking in a Tornado made a Celebration Dessert Pizza: A giant cookie (pizza sized) decorated with fruits and nuts to look like the earth.
Jenn at Sparkly Poetic Weirdo is showing us how to "Stretch Your Cluck".
Robin at Someone Else's Genius is Celebrating Nature: Beaded Bracelet which is a beautiful jewelry-making tutorial.
Melissa at Home on Deranged is showing us the 10 Best Uses for Technology on Earth Day: How to use and recycle technology to support the spirit of Earth Day
Lydia at Cluttered Genius is showing us how to make DIY No Sew Shopping Bags:turn your old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags!