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DIY Decorative Boxes {Guest Post}

Hi guys! It’s guest post Friday and today we have Selene from Restoration beauty showing us how to DIY decorative boxes they are really cute and inexpensive! Here’s Selene:

Hi everyone! I’m Selene from Restoration Beauty and am so excited to be doing a guest post here at This Silly Girl’s Life! Thank you Dana!

 

Today’s post is going to be so much fun because I get to show you how to make your very own, one of a kind, storage box/decorative box (whatever floats your boat) like these one’s:

 

 

 

Aren’t they awesome? Not because I made them but because they are easy and inexpensive to make!

 

I love to stay organized and lately I’ve been buying a lot of bins at the dollar store to help me get organized. The only problem is I don’t want everything to be so plasticky (a word I just made up) and store- like looking. I like to bring a touch of personal style, even to the things that hold my random junk stuff.

 

So I decided to make some more storage boxes (I made the 3 boxes shown above when inspired by this post) and today you will want to make some too!

 

I’ve used this technique for cardboard boxes and shoe boxes (and their lids).

All you need is: A cardboard box in whatever size your darling heart desires, some fabric (a canvas drop-cloth would make a nice neutral choice), and some permanent adhesive (I used fabric glue). A glue gun would work as well.

 

Here is my choice of fabric (an old curtain) and my box.

– Make sure your fabric is well ironed so everything is glued smoothly unto the box.

-Cut the flaps of the box with a box cutter or scissors *please be very careful*

-Measure your box and cut enough fabric to not only cover the box but to be glued inside the box; how much fabric is glued inside to box is completely up to you.

– I always mark the corners of the box on the fabric with a pen (like shown by red circles here) to help me remember where the box should be.

-Make sure your box is aligned perfectly on your pattern

– Make another marking about 2 inches diagonally away from the corner of the box (from the first marking)

-Then draw one vertical line directly beneath it and another  horizontally going away from the box

 -Cut out the rectangle you just drew with your lines like shown above

-Repeat on all the corners

– Once you are done with that, your fabric should look something like this (cross shape).

– The left and right flaps are longer than the up and down ones because I wanted the fabric to go all the way  to the bottom of the box on the inside. I would have done that with the other sections but the width of my curtains weren’t long enough.

-Choose a side of your storage box to begin with and apply glue to the edge of your fabric

-Apply a strip of glue to the fabric that is directly below the corners of your storage box (from blue dot to blue dot)

-Firmly hold the inside of your storage box with one hand while pulling the fabric over the box with the other

-Apply pressure to the edge of the fabric where you placed the glue to ensure proper adhesion

-It should look like this when you are finished with this step.

-Repeat on opposite side

-Now that you have two opposite sides glued you will have extra fabric on your other two opposite sides

-This red line marks the excess fabric.

-The picture below shows what to do with this excess.

-Glue excess fabric inward to create a seamless edge like shown here

-Repeat on all corners

-Next, repeat what you did to the first two opposite sides:

– Glue the edge of the fabric

-Bring the fabric in tightly with one hand while holding the box with the other so you don’t end up with any bubbles

-Glue the edge inside the box

-Repeat on the other side


You are finished!!

 

-This is what your edge will look like; as you can see there is a small opening. Feel free to add a little glue in there and press until it adheres.

This is how my storage box looked at this point but I wanted the inside all covered as well so I just measured the piece that was still revealing the cardboard and cut a piece of fabric to glue in there.

Ahhhh…much better!

Oh, and just for fun…this is how you cover your box with fabric according to my sweet daughter..haha! But she recommends using a glue stick!

 

And what did my new stylish storage box end up holding? Bath towels, of course!

 

 

These boxes are so inexpensive; Mine actually didn’t cost me anything since I used curtains I already had. But even if you had to buy fabric, they would still be frugally done! You can use these DIY boxes for storage or to decorate your home with. I’ve used them for both purposes and love them!

 

Happy gluing!

 
 I’m Selene from Restoration Beauty and I love sharing my passions of home DIY projects, organization, cleaning and all things beauty with others. I especially like transforming something that seems to have no purpose into something useful and beautiful. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we share the joy of raising our 2 year old daughter, Lily.

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15 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Megan says:
    April 27, 2013

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I came over from Shine on Fridays:)

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    April 27, 2013

    What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to try this with some shoe boxes to add storage in the home office I’m working on. Love the tutorial… definitely pinning this to help me out with mine! Found you at It’s Overflowing.

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    Andrea says:
    April 30, 2013

    What a great idea! I have some superhero fabric and diaper boxes laying around. This will make the perfect addition to my boys room. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Sumos Sweet Stuff 🙂

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    May 1, 2013

    I’m so glad everyone loved the idea! Thank you!
    And thanks, Dana for having me guest post! I can’t wait for your guest post on my blog!!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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    Jenny says:
    May 1, 2013

    Love it! This is a brilliant way for me to use up some remnant fabric that I already have! Thanks for the inspiration;)

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

  6. avatar
    May 1, 2013

    Such a good idea! I’ve been thinking about doing something similar for our baby. I just wanted to let you know that I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award. Go check out my blog at http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com to get all the info and I’m excited to see all your amazing talents!

  7. avatar
    May 2, 2013

    Great tutorial! I love when my son helps me and then starts giving me tips for what to do:) So funny and cute how much they are learning by watching us create something out of ‘nothing’.
    Krista

  8. avatar
    May 5, 2013

    Beautiful and a very creative way of prettying up a carton box! thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party 🙂

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