The Craft In Me

A blog devoted to all my crafty endeavors.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cardboard Box Transformation

Initially this box was meant as a mail holder but for now it's working quite well in my bathroom holding soaps, brushes, and the like.

This project I used in a blog swap with Craft Envy is a great craft for recycling, I really enjoy how it turned out.

Using scissors I cut about 10” off the bottom portion of a tall cardboard box and leaving a few extra inches for some wiggle room.

I gave the two opposite sides a nice rounded shape to add interest.

Cutting the cardboard was a little more challenging then I imagined, it helped to score the box a few times before making the cuts.

I primed the box and let dry.

Next was the black paint. I first painted it using regular acrylic paint and a sponge brush. But for the final coat, I finished with spray paint. Let that dry.

The fabric.

I’ve used this fabric so many times simply because I love it, plus you can’t go wrong with black and white.

I cut a square the size of the front of the box leaving about 1/2" around the sides.

Using Mod Podge, I applied the fabric to the front. And glued on some black ribbon around the fabric to clean up the edges.

It is not shown here, but it’s best to paint the front of the box white, underneath wherever the fabric will go. Otherwise the black shows through the fabric and the color is not so bright. (Yeah, I learned that the hard way)

Here was my favorite part, adding this simple curved drawer handle.

It works so perfectly with the cardboard because it doesn’t even need screws.

The “screws” on the front are non functional, they’re just for looks.

Applying more Mod Podge I glued the drawer pull right onto the fabric and placed the box upward to let the drawer pull dry in place.

I thought the box works great as a mail holder.

And since the box is lightweight, I simply poured a cheap bag of pebbles in the bottom to give it some weight.

A great way to recycle and make it your own!

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  1. It turned out great! You would never know that was a card board box. Great job and love the handle you put on it too :)

  2. What a great idea! I just made drawers for a bookshelf using the same theme =) You know what they say about great minds!!

  3. This is marvelous. I love the idea of being able to use something so cheap (a cardboard box) to create something so beautiful and sturdy looking!

  4. Looks fabulous! Love the black and white.

  5. What a great idea, Jalinda!!! You're so creative! I love the colors and patterns you picked -- they're amazing! :)

  6. I'm digging the black and white. The curves really add interest.

  7. So cute! I'm visiting from TTL! Great blog! Come by Sassy Sites and say hi! :)

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  8. Unbelievably cute! Love the black & white. I'd love a whole collection of these! Not sure I'd have the patience to cut those curves, tho!

    Would love for you to stop by Sunday and link up to Passion for Paint party!

  9. How cute and creative is that box. I can think of a million uses for boxes like that! Thanks for the great tutorial! Karen

  10. That really is just adorable. Every time I'm over here, you have the best ideas.

  11. Wow I love it! I would have never guessed it was from a cardboard box.

    I am a new follower visiting from New Friend Friday.

  12. The curves and the handle really do make the box. That looks great!

    Stopping by from New Friend Friday!

  13. Wow you have really found your niche!
    Keep up the good work

  14. Can't believe you made that from a box!

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  15. It turned out so well! I love the white and black! Such an elegant look! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  16. This is so creative. Who would have thought an ordinary old cardboard box could be so pretty? I have a bunch of shoeboxes I save thinking that I will make something fun with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Rachelle S.

  17. Crafty indeed, this is such a good idea:) You're good!

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