20 July 2010

How to make your own Storage Boxes! w/ a small tutorial

I thought that this might be a fun idea to share with all of you. First things first, I am your typical girl with tons of shoes (which includes the boxes) and wrapping paper. Since Ikea has practically become my second home for these past few weeks, their wonderful storage boxes caught my eye. But I just couldn't bring myself to spend such money on an item that I thought was somewhat overpriced for a cardboard box. Since I am a huge advocate of being eco-friendly and recycling, I decided to wrap my old shoe boxes with old wrapping paper to make my own storage boxes. It's not really great but its a fun small project to do when you're bored or want some storage boxes! Its also a great way to reuse resources and save money. Make sure that the boxes you are going to use are ones with the detachable lids (as shown in my photos). They are easier to wrap and more practical than ones with the attached lids.

What you're going to need, depends on how precise you want the size of the wrapping paper to be. If you don't care and prefer to go gung-ho then all you're going to need is a glue stick and scissors. But if you are detailed orientated like myself (basically OCD), you'll need scissors, a ruler, xacto knife, and a glue stick. If you are going to use an xacto knife, make sure you have a self-healing cutting mat (like the one featured in my third photo) so you don't damage any surface area you may be working on. I also recommend using a glue stick (Scotch brand because it its really sticky, but any glue stick will do too) because it will give you a better consistency compared with liquid glue. I know one my photos has liquid glue in it, but don't use it unless you want streaks to show up on your storage boxes.

I apologize for the first few photos as they are really grainy and yellow-tinted. Don't know what happened there. Please tell me what you think! :)






Asami said...


Katherine said...

Holy shit! Haven't seen Pochacco in years! Great idea btw!

Winnie's Wardrobe said...

Ahaha! great idea :) i love IKEA too but it is overly expensive for some of the stuff there..

xx Winnie


p.s i love your wrapping papers!

Regan said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! :) xoxo

Anonymous said...

That's a lovely idea! And you can choose the kind of paper you want, it's very clever!

Persis Shah said...

awww sooo sweet and such a great DIY idea!!


☁ christine ☂ said...

ahhh! i miss pochacco! :P

omg i always wrap shoe boxes with wrapping paper for presents :) your wrapping is like perfectttt! mines don't always come out as smooth. you also have a nice collecting of wrap there :)

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