January 25, 2011

DIY Storage Boxes

Last week when I organized my spice cabinet, I put my baking supplies in this striped box that I made.  Believe it or not, I made this cute (if I do say so myself) box out of supplies you probably already have in your pantry.

This striped box is simply an old peanut butter crackers box that I covered in scrapbooking paper!  I made another one from an old tea box as well.

First, I gently unglued the box so it would lay flat.  I did the same for the tea box and also cut off its lid since I wouldn't be needing it.

I sprayed the back of the boxes with Elmer's Craft Bond adhesive spray to attach scrapbooking paper I had on hand.  I love this adhesive spray because it creates a pretty strong bond, but doesn't add any thickness like hot glue or white glue does.  After my first try, I realized the gluing process works better if you trace an outline of your box onto the scrapbooking paper first so you can see exactly where to glue down the paper.

Once the paper was glued to the box, I folded and glued any excess paper over the edges.  I secured the folded over paper with paper clips so it would stay in place as the glue dried.  Then I made cuts where the box would be folded back up.

I waited until everything was dry before folding the boxes back into their original shape and gluing it back in place.  I was running a little low on the spray adhesive so I also used white glue for this step which worked just fine.  I paper clipped everything into place and waited until all of the glue set.

I ended up with these super cute little storage boxes.  I may shift around what I'm keeping in these boxes, so I haven't created labels for them yet.   

But my baking box is all set and is looking very cute in my newly organized spice cabinet.

I'm loving how these boxes are adding a little color to my cabinets and pantry.  I also love that since I already had all of the supplies, they were totally free for me to create!  So what do you think?  Do you have any suggestions for DIY storage solutions?

1 comment:

Red Stethoscope said...

I love that you used materials you already had! They're super cute! I have done similar things in my house (recycling, wrapping, etc.) and I always love the results.