Sunday, April 6, 2014

Handmade Storage Boxes

A break from the
 but that's a post for later this week.
My fingernails are filthy from this project 
so a wee break was needed.  
My daughter showed me this fantastic post on
 making boxes!   You can see it here
 They have a step by step tutorial which was very easy to
 follow and her fingernails were all shiny red and clean
The website is called Design Sponge.
The only thing we did different was cut 3/8 to 1/2 an inch from
 two sides of one of the two pieces of  paper to make a
 smaller base box.  It made for less of a struggle to
 separate the top from the bottom.

With a few pieces of scrapbook paper, you can create some gorgeous boxes,
 or make your own with painted paper like on the blog. 
And a new obsession begins, but not like my spider obsession! 

My daughter went one step further and created larger, heavier boxes
 with  poster board that she hand painted from the dollar store. 
 This is her craft room

Check out her fancy polka dot chairs she scored
 at a garage sale and did a complete 360 on them!

Oh how I love her craft room.   

Back to dirty fingernail land....
I had a few trinkets lying around and thought they would make great little toppers for the boxes.
These boxes were supposed to look like they travelled from Paris, but no matter
 how I tried to dress up the picture, they just looked dumb.

These are cool spiders though and yes, I will probably put spiders in them.

I definitely like the spiders more.  They look like they travelled
from" Spiderman-land"  and we all know Spider Man's hot!
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  1. I've been making boxes for YEARS and never thought to mention it. It's obsessive and addictive. My sister has a box I made and covered in fabric, added feet, added fringe and a handle. She collects Chinese antiques and it sits proudly in the midst of her collection, looking like the real thing.

    Happy tip about using poster board. I never thought of it!!

  2. I was about to write that this new hobby might make you forget about your darling spiders... I'm happy to stand corrected! The boxes are lovely.

  3. I am just thinking I may need to make a few of these to improve the storage situation in my craft room. Lots of generic clear plastic boxes. BORING. I also like that your daughter painted hers and really personalized them.

  4. "They just look dumb." hahahaha! What if you make a box as a gift? What kind of box do you put it in? Do you have to decorate THAT box too? And if so, where does it END?!?! I would get completely lost in decorating box after box after box..... I'm tired already,


  5. I'm a storage nut and I think these are fantastic!! I think yours are anything but dumb! Embellishment or not, they're adorable. Your daughter's are really stylish. I love the polka dot chairs, and the craft room. It looks like you and her had way too much fun making these. Like an addiction, I might have to try it too!

  6. Paper boxes? Who knew! I usually buy decorative storage boxes for a little over $1 at Michael's, so I guess I never thought they could be made out of paper. Brilliant! yours look so fabulous! And add me to the list of jealous folk lusting at your daughter's craft room!

  7. I never knew you could make boxes out of paper. It never even occurred to me. They're so pretty, and the spiders are so much more fun than bows.

  8. Oh that's cool I actually liked the Eiffel towers but of course your spidey friends are cooler. Love her craft room I'd love a bigger shot of that chair too.

  9. I have made boxes, too, just not in a long time. I have a messy sewing/craft room. But, the fact it is messy and not decorated gives me not one moment's thought. I love the polka dot chairs. Cute.

  10. The boxes I promised to look for, have been found!!! They are on my blog today for you.

  11. So fun that your daughter is creative too!!

  12. Spiderman is very hot! LOL! Why doesn't your daughter have a blog! I want to know how she did those chairs. Your boxes are lovely and of course you'll put spiders in them!

  13. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  14. I remember working on a similar project a couple of years ago, and it was also my daughter the one who introduced me to it! Smarty girls :) The spiders look great on them, hmmm that sounds weird, but they do!

  15. I never thought I'd say these words in my lifetime - but ' LEAVE THE SPIDERS ON THE BOXES "
    Way cool - and I really didn't need to see this post with my 4,357,344 current obsessions Karen LMHO
    thanks a lot for making it 4,3457,345
    LOVE your boxes ( and love those polka dots on your daughter's chairs )


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