In continuation of my recycling ideas I made a little box to store the fabric coupons that I purchased from Modes & Travaux. I used an old cardboard box that I covered with kraft paper. To see the pretty coupons placed in the box, I cut a window to the front, then I added a piece of florist paper to protect the coupons from dust. Finally I used two pieces of ribbon to close the box with a knot.
If you want to make the same box at home, follow the steps below :
1. Cut all the stabs on the lid and inside the box.
2. Cut a window on the front of the box. Use a rule, a pen and a cutter if needed.
3. Cover the box with kraft paper and use some masking tape to maintain it (like for wrapping a present). You will have to cut the paper around the lid and the window.
4. Cover the edges of the box, the lid and the window with masking tape (see pictures above).
5. Cut a piece of florist paper (bigger than the window).
6. Place the paper inside the box against the window and maintain it with masking tape.
7. Using the cutter of scissors, make two notches to the ribbon width, above the window and on the lid of the box.
8. Cut to pieces of ribbon (10cm each), and insert them through the notches. Maintain them with masking tape.
Now your box is ready ! I Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
That used to be a fruit basket. I love the way it's made, and I couldn't throw it away. If you like crafts and decoration, you will enjoy re-using that kind of basket to store your supplies. It takes only 5 minutes to customize it and store yarns, notepads or paint tubes.
To customize it, you only need 2 bands of masking tape. I bought the 3 cm band at Hema, and the 1,5 cm at Cultura. That one is made with adhesive fabric.
One and only advice for that very simple DIY : press down firmly on the bands because the masking tape can easily unstick.
In march, I thought it would be fun to customize a round box and make a cute gift box to offer a present or decorate baby's room.
• 1 round box to customize (recycling or craft shop)
• Some sheets of Decopatch paper
• Some paper towels for craft
• Varnish glue
• 1 flat brush to apply the varnish
• 1 pair of scissors to cut paper strips
• 1 criterion
• 1 large plastic rule
• 1 ribbon
• 1 eyelet
• 1 eyelet setter
Prepare the paper strips in advance, it will be easier to glue them.
As you can see I have cut paper strips and round shapes to the size of the lid and bottom of the box, as well as bigger strips for the inside and outside of the box.
I advice you to cut at least 2 layers of paper towels because they get more transparent after applying the varnish.
I had to put 3 layers of paper towels to hide the printed inscriptions on my box.
Once the paper strips are cut out, put the varnish-glue on the surface to be covered.
Go step by step : glue the bottom of the box with a
first layer of varnish, put the Decopatch paper and apply
a new coat of varnish on the Decopatch paper. And proceed the same way for each surface to be coated.
Let dry completely before applying the second layer of towels on the outside. Let dry overnight between the second and the third layer.
For a more precise finish, apply a strip of towel on the inside edge of the box and lid.
The eyelet protects the hole made on the lid for the ribbon. I used an eyelet setter, which also allows you to punch holes. More information
Once the eyelet is set, cut about 8 inches of ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in half and tie a knot with the ends.
Thread the ribbon through the eyelet.
Place the lid, and your box is ready!