A Simple DIY – Fabric Covered Boxes. *

Today’s DIY is all about simple solutions to creative storage! When creating my Craft Room this past spring, I knew I needed to find additional storage solutions for some of my miscellaneous materials. With a limited budget and a lot of boxes, I came to the crafty conclusion that I needed to find a frugal solution. I decided to once again utilize some of my fabric scraps to create a project that could both match the current decor and get rid of some materials I already had lying around. With that, I bring you: Fabric Covered Boxes – A Simple DIY!

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When it came to this project, I was a last-minute idea that I opted for as the solution was something I could easily put together with supplies just lying around. I had a variety of boxes just scattered about our garage that I would have otherwise tossed in the trash if not for this last minute idea. I have always adored the little fabric boxes at the craft stores but don’t want to shell out $15 and up per box. While our craft room is mainly Ikea shelving, we knew that the $13.00 boxes they sell in store were cute, but financially NOT an option. I could never spend that much! With that I found an alternative to each cube. . . but I still needed more room! That’s where the fabric and old boxes comes in. . . .

For supplies, lets keep is short and simple:

  • Cardboard Box(es) – Any Size
  • Fabric – Enough to wrap the outside of your box with about an inch of additional overhang.
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples

When deciding on this project, I went with staples. I just LOVE my staple gun because it’s quick and efficient. After creating this post I have since discovered that some people opted for glue. This is totally up to you and I will not pretend that everyone has a staple gun. (Technically I don’t even have one, it’s my father in-law’s gun but I’ve had it over a year and I’m pretty sure he’s since forgotten. #ThanksPat). I also realize that a lot of people have covered boxes with lids, I however did not. I didn’t have any boxes lying around with lids at the time and didn’t require them for this project. If you would like to cover the lid in fabric the directions would be exactly the same. If you do, I would love to see the results!!

So on to the Directions:

Step one: Find some cardboard boxes!

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I decided on a Meijer diaper box and a Costco Waffle Box. #TheInnerWorkingsOfMyWorld. Both were empty and ready for trash day, until I came to the rescue!

Step Two: Find Your Fabric.

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I always opt for the fabrics that I have lying around. If you’re anything like me, you probably have plenty of random scraps in a variety of size. If not, this project utilized less than a yard of fabric for both boxes. I decided on two different fabrics as they provided the most room for error along with some fun colors !

Step Three: Grab Your Staple Gun & Load With Staples!

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Step Four: Iron Your Fabric!! – This is a step that I forgot and couldn’t have been more annoyed! Once I wrapped my boxes, stapled and stuffed with goodies – I realized that one of the boxes had a big fat crease (or three)  in the fabric. #mortifying. As I’m completely lazy and slightly laid back, I just left it. . . but if I had the chance to do it again, I would have made the extra effort.

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 Step Five: Lay your box – open end up – directly in the middle of your fabric. Fold each side of the fabric up so that it covers each side of the box and then fold the additional 1 inch overlay over the inside edge of your box. I wrapped my box as if I was wrapping a present and wanted to keep the fold to accent the pattern. If you’re looking to have no folds showing, fold each corner at a 45 degree angle and cut off the additional fabric before you overlay your edges. Regardless of your folds, make sure the fabric is tightly wrapped.

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 Step Six: Start Stapling!

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Now if you ask me, you can never have enough staples. I’ll admit, now that I’m looking at these photos, I may have gotten a little trigger happy- but hey, at least it’s secure! Make sure when stapling the fabric to the inside of your box that you’re consistently pulling your fabric tight to avoid and ripples in the fabric!

Step 7: Step Back & Admire! – Fill with whatever your little heart desires!

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So That’s It! In less than 15 minutes you can have some incredibly cute storage solutions and you didn’t have to spend a penny! (Unless you of course opted to buy new fabric. . . .which in that case, I commend you for making the extra effort and hopefully you didn’t spend too much!!) This is one of those projects that just makes me smile. I always enjoy getting something out of nothing! – To think these boxes were almost trash!

Have any of you ever created something cute out of a lot of nothing just lying around? I love to hear about new DIY’s! Also, for a fun Thursday Link-Up, make sure you check out Lindsay over at Artsy Fartsy Mama for her crafty and creative Artsy Corner Thursdays! Share your current projects and meet new people!

Cheers!

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Crafty Canvas Covers *

Since I went Mrs. Clean on my house 2 weeks ago and organized each and every crevice; my usual chores have been few and far between. With all this new time on my hands I’ve of course come across a few “projects” to tackle and I’ve decided to fill you in on my latest!

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This project was not only incredibly affordable but was a total piece of cake! I have been trying to decide what I can do with all these extra pieces of fabric lying around and after a totally failed attempt at trying to attach scrapbook paper to canvas, I decided to repurpose the fabric in a somewhat similar fashion. I’ve seen the idea around and have heard of friends doing similar projects but couldn’t find a “How-Two” anywhere so I decided to tackle this on my own, didn’t seem too difficult! 

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The Items I used I already had or picked up on random outings to the craft store here and there. The letter P I planned on using for another project but figured I could use it more effectively on something like this. Plus, I can always pick another one up. The Flower I just saw in a clearance bin at Michael’s one day and thought it would look cute. I grab weird things all the time and never know what I’ll use them for, until I do!

Anyhow, here are the items I pulled together for this project. . . . 

Supplies

  • 4 Canvas Boards (Whichever size you prefer, I chose the small 4 pack they offer at the craft store)
  • Random fabrics (best if you can find a color scheme or something to pull together)
  • Staple Gun (+ Staples)
  • Hot Glue Gun ( + Glue Sticks)
  • One Wooden Letter
  • One Large Flower Accent

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The accents are totally optional and you can of course add whatever you would like to spice this party up, I just personally went with what I already had. Or you can even just leave them blank, whatever blows your skirt up. 

So lets get on with these fool proof steps so you bitches can all go on with your day . . . .

Directions:

Step 1: Grab one of the fabric remnants you want to utilize and make sure it’s ironed flat. Lay one of the canvas squares on top and cut roughly 2-3 inches around each edge.

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Step 2: Take the bottom and top edges and fold them over the back side of the canvas. Make sure to pull them tight and begin stapling along the wooden frame. 

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Step 3: Once complete, work on the left and right edges and do the same. Fold each edge as if you were wrapping a christmas gift. This part is a little difficult (especially for men – if any men are ACTUALLY reading this right now- but seriously, what is wrong with you, why can’t you comprehend folding paper around a box?? It’s mind boggling. We all know you could make the best paper airplanes in 2nd grade. Stop pretending you’re so awful. ) but if you make sure to really tighten up the fabric, you’ll be all set. 

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Ok, so this first one might not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen but hey, I’m totally winging this! Plus, it’s the back of the canvas, who cares! My second one went MUCH smoother. I found it easier to staple the inside fold then the outer fold. More staples but a cleaner look. It’s up to you! 

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Once you’re finished you should have a smooth, clean and pretty little fabric covered canvas. Once finished with all four you’re ready to decorate! As you can see below, the first one is clearly the “demo”. I got a hang of it by the second, third and fourth. #ThankGod.

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Step 4: Grab your wooden letter and start painting. (That is, IF you are painting said letter. You may want to leave it black or white or even wood, whichever it came in to begin with. I was stuck with black and was going for Pink so I had to bust out my paint collection! )

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If you don’t already know, paint is typically wet for a while (Yes I just said that, you never know who’s reading) so lay your letter aside afterwards allowing time to dry. I use the cheap acrylic paints that take rarely more then 30 minutes to dry. If it helps, you may want to use a primer on black letters too (if that’s what you ended up with), as it didn’t cover with one coat. 

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Step Five: Get to glueing! Make sure to heat up your hot glue gun and add whichever little details your heart desires. First, I glued the flower on. I had to remove a bit of hardware from the back before attempting to attach but it went on with no major issues. 

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Next came the Letter P. I literally drenched the back of this thing in glue as I was afraid it wouldn’t stick. It stuck just fine, no worries here!! 

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TADA!  There you have it, you’re done already. I hope it went as seamless for you as it did for me, this project really was a synch! Not to mention it’s adorable. Now I just have to decide whether to hang it in my Daughter’s room (Paige) or my new and colorful craft room! -Which I will totally blog about later, I’m in love with how it’s coming along!!) 

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So there you go, another project down in the books, another post to finally blog. I’m almost as proud that I’ve completed another post as I am that I completed the craft at hand. #TrueStory. I hope you enjoyed the project and that it’s something you yourself can re-create! Feel free to share your results and let me know, are there any projects you yourself have recently attempted?? 

Cheers!

– C