Sunday, January 22, 2012

Repurpose an Old Box For Cool Storage

So I am somewhat a Pinterest fan. (There’s no such thing as “somewhat”—you’re either sucked in with the rest of us or you don’t use it. You’ve been warned.) I saw a really cool idea of taking a large box (like for diapers) and covering it with fabric to make it look like a nice storage item. Being someone who gets a LOT of things delivered.. my garage is lousy with boxes. I thought I’d try it.



The Project

You’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Box
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Embellishments (if you want)

I have plenty of scrap fabric around and, like I said, tons of boxes. The only thing I needed was the spray adhesive. Thankfully, Michaels is 1.34 miles away.

I wanted to do a  test run—see if this was as easy as the blogger said it was. I didn’t have a lot of time to invest. I chose a small box and as it turns out, one of the linen napkins I have fit perfectly. After all the measuring, I did iron it. I couldn’t imagine forever looking at wrinkles.


In order to get nice lines, you’ll want to make sure the box is centered in the fabric and that it goes all the way up to the top on all edges. Then you cut the fabric. Now this part is important (but I wasn’t paying attention and did it wrong and had to chuck my first piece of fabric). You make a rectangular cut towards the edge of the box BUT NOT ALL THE WAY. In the blogger’s directions she said 2 inches but I was doing a smaller box, so I did 1 inch. (You know, after I screwed up the first one).

I drew, using marker, where I needed to cut. Then I folded the fabric in half and cut. This way each corner was identical (and I’m basically lazy and would rather cut 2 times instead of 4). So, you cut out that rectangle of fabric and then on the diagonal, just a straight cut.

IMG_5736  IMG_5734

Alright, time to start gluing. The spray adhesive is pretty stinky but it’s not like spray paint. You can do it in the house. If you’re careful it won’t go all over the place. It can be pretty accurate. (By the way, I got some on my fingers from pressing the fabric in place. It’s STICKY. So I had to use goo-gone to get rid of it. Soap didn’t work.)

1. Spray the long sides first. Press into place.

2. Spray the little edges and wrap them around the corners.

3. Do short sides.

4.  The instructions said to cut the tops. The blogger made a basket liner. That was more effort than I was willing to put into my test subject. I’m going to be honest with you here:  I don’t sew. It was never going to happen—test subject or not. But THIS really annoyed me—the fabric didn’t cover the edge. Turn the box so I couldn't’ t see it? Maybe, but I would KNOW it was like that.


So I started looking at some decorative cording that I had on hand. I put it along the edge and my son Max said, “No, mom, put it the other way.” And I pointed out that what he was suggesting is putting the cording wrong. You’d see the edge. And HE pointed it out that it didn’t look bad AND would cover up my gap.


What a smart kid.


So I got out my hot glue gun and went to town. The result.


Now, the marks you see are from the spray adhesive I used. I’m not sure if it will go away once it dries. THAT’S why I did a trial run first. But for now, this works in the office as a disc holder.


Thanks to Pinterest for finding this cool project.

1 comment:

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable said...

Don't you love that inspiration??

Share It