I am a fairly organized person. I live by the mantra “A place for everything, and everything in its place”.
I have found ways to store all the little doodads in my home using things ranging from the cheap to the free, and everything in between. There’s not much between cheap and free though. I have spend a ton of money on storage boxes. But there is a cheaper way.
These are cardboard boxes, purchased from the big Viking Superstore, and that got a facelift with some decoupaged paper that looks like embroidered linen. I keep there ribbons, rickrack, hem tapes and other sewing paraphernalia. They are relatively cheap.
And now I’ll show you how to make some inexpensive storage boxes that look very nice once finished.
Start with a shoe box (no, I am not paid by Stride Rite, I bought these shoes for my daughter). I noticed that the box itself had pretty colors and limited branding.
So I found a decorative paper that had similar colors to the box. I gave the lid a coat of Mod Podge (Amazon affiliate link) and glued the paper on the lid, cutting, tucking and folding as necessary to cover the lid and have the paper fold inside.
Let it dry for half an hour and then give it a thorough coat of Mod Podge all over the paper. When that one dries, repeat with another coat.
Meanwhile, give the box a coat of Mod Podge, and stick label-size pieces of the paper used on the lid to cover the branding. Do the same on all four sides. It’ll tie up the box with the lid and let you see your own label no matter which way the box is facing.
Give the box another coat of Mod Podge, this time going over the labels. Use smaller, re-positionable labels to write what you are storing inside, stick over the glued-in labels. This way you can reuse the box for other purposes along the way and just change the labels.
This pretty thing now stores my daughters’ DVDs. I thought of keeping it to myself, but she wouldn’t have any of that, after all it is “her box”.
Luckily the box was easy to work with, but if it had been an ugly box I would have just decoupaged the whole thing. It’s still worth it.
If you don’t have any shoe boxes in your house, then I’ve given you the perfect excuse to go shopping for shoes. No need to thank me. Me, I am going to stalk the local shoe stores and see if I can score some spare shoeboxes.