Small Storage Solutions, and a Tutorial

Small storage solutions, and a tutorial.

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.

Small storage solutions, and a tutorial: and now i'll show you how to make some inexpensive storage boxes that look very nice once finished.

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.

Like this:

Small storage solutions, and a tutorial: and now i'll show you how to make some inexpensive storage boxes that look very nice once finished.

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.

Small storage solutions, and a tutorial: and now i'll show you how to make some inexpensive storage boxes that look very nice once finished.

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.

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11 Comments

  1. I love those boxes and bottles. Boxes are not as heavy as the bottles but it's good to check the placement of the screws. Loose screws should be checked from time to time to prevent unexpected danger.

  2. Lana Mango says:

    My daughter does not reach there yet. And even if she did, she's not the type to do something so risky, she's an unusually sensible kid.But thanks for the valid concern.

  3. online tool shop australia says:

    Those are breakable bottles. The storage should be higher so kids won’t be able to grab it easily just in case they will enter your room.

  4. Thanks for the quick reply, Lana Mango! I'll give it a try following your instructions :)I love your blog btw!

  5. Lana Mango says:

    Hola Mariana,Some of them simply have a ribbon wrapped along the edge. For the glass jars I cut a circle of fabric, spread Mod Podge on the lid and then glued on the fabric, stretching it to get the wrinkles out, then I cut the excess fabric along the edge and glued the rickrack to finish the edge. You can see them in detail here: http://www.thehomeinparadise.com/2010/06/button-jars.htmlTe contesté en inglés para el beneficio de quienes no leen inglés, envíame un email a Lana Mango [arroba] thehomeinparadise [punto] com si necesitas explicación más detallada en español.

  6. Hola Lana Mango! Gracias por compartir ests fantásticas ideas en tu blog! Te quería preguntar cómo forrar las tapas de los frascos. Resulta que tengo un montón de frascos de la salsa Barilla y estas fotos me han inspirado a usarlas para algo, pero me gustaría forrar las tapas con algún pattern lindo. Intenté hacerlo con tela pero no me quedó bien. Gracias!!

  7. Brilliant! (immediately rushing out to buy lots of new shoes – for the boxes – honest!)

  8. Trina Burgos says:

    Very, very cool ideas! Some day I'll grow up and be organized like you!

  9. Lana Mango says:

    Thanks a lot for your kind words Amy and kenziekylanmom. I can't believe the idea never occurred to me before. I have actually paid for storage boxes when I could have been just buying new shoes all along.

  10. kenziekylanmom says:

    Great idea, I just got a cute shoe box with zebra stripes and I was wondering what I could do with it! Storage….I can always use storage!

  11. Mod Podge Amy says:

    I love – especially the stripes!

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