My how the month has flown by!
I have been so busy lately at the store...I forgot to get back and show you how I made my storage boxes that now reside on the shelves of my new closet!
This project has been ongoing for so long, I have had plenty of time to find all of the wonderful little things you might need for organizing your closet and keeping it that way. Or so I thought. As I began to bring our stored belongings out into the light I realized they were not stored well. And I hadn't found anything else to store them in.
I was a little upset since my hubby has always used "whatever" to store things and I really wanted to keep the closet as beautiful as possible! I know it sounds weird, but when you wait so long to get something done, when it's done, you want it to stay that way.
Anyway, I couldn't find anything, and decided it would be a DIY project. This is a great thing since I was able to build boxes the exact size I really needed.
So, here we go!
Gather your goods.You will need fabric for the outside of your box. You can use just one but I chose to use two.
I bought some suiting fabrics similar to the ones I loved in Ralph's Heiress Collection.
They are in shades of gray, taupe and a putty color.
The one on top has hints of pink and aqua running thru it (love it!)
You will also need English Bump (which is actually a good quality white flannel), foam core board,
a glue gun, a rotary cutter or box knife and straight edge , spray adhesive, interior lining paper and a pretty trim of some sort.
You will need to decide on what size of a box you will be making.
I needed to measure the width,length and depth of the space I was trying to create a box for.
Draw out the bottom of the box on the foam core board.
I got my foam core board at the dollar store. The pieces are a bit narrower than from a craft store but are alot less expensive.
Using a straight edge and cut out your box bottom.
Cut out sides of box.
2 the same length as box bottom.
And 2 less the width of the foam core board (1/4 inch for each side so 1/2 inch total)
I used a rotary cutter with my paper blade but you can also use a box knife to make all of your cuts on this foam core board.
Remember, it's thick (carefully) press hard and go over it twice to make sure you got it cut all the way through.
Once you have all 5 pieces (bottom, and 4 sides) glue them together to form your box.
Lay your box atop the bump (flannel).
Mark with a pencil enough to just cover the bottom and all 4 sides.
Think of it as wrapping a package.
Its a good idea to find your center and mark it with a pencil on both the box and the flannel. this makes it so much easier to work with once they are sticky!
spray the outside bottom and sides with spray adhesive
Lay your bump on top, matching the pencil marks you just drew.
Smooth it out lifting the bump if necessary.
You might consider a straight edge or wallpaper smoothie!
When you bring your sides up...you will have what looks like a triangle in each of the corners...
Cut them off. This makes the box less bulky in appearance
This is what my box looks like at this point!
This is where I differ from any directions I have ever found.
At this point I line the inside of my box.
I knew I was going to use leftover wallpaper so this was the time to do it.
Lay you now bump covered and interior lined box atop your outer finish fabric.
Because I have decided to sew my outer box corners...I cut my sides just for that purpose. If you decide to hot glue leave just a little extra (about 5/8") on one of the sides. You will then bring the longer side around to the shorter side and overlap with the short side piece.
Repeat steps 7 and 8 !
After the fabric is all smooth on the bottom and sides, you are going to fold-over the inch or so into the interior of the box.
Glue it in place with your hot glue gun.
It's time to cover that edge with something. I used rescued cream grosgrain ribbon. It was on a couple of packages I received for Christmas and since I didn't want to throw it away...Here is where I used it!
Your box bottom is now complete!
Repeat for the lid but remember to make it a 1/2" longer and wider! This way it fits the top of the box!
I decided to make the sides of my box about an inch but you can do what ever you would like!
Okay, so now you have a box bottom and a lid to cover it!
It's time to embellish if you would like!
I decided to give mine a little bit more of a masculine feel since they are for my hubby's keepsakes and make faux leather bands .
These are also pretty tied with bows!
I simply sewed the strips to give it the look of stitched leather and glued them to each side of the lids back.
Using velcro, attach a piece to the front of your strap and to the bottom box
the sew-on works best for this, the adhesives on the other kinds don't seem to work as well for me.
It just gives it a nice finishing touch and for me...kept the look I was going for.
I also made a couple smaller ones with flat lids and covered some paper hat boxes as well!
Now we have a great way to keep things looking nice in our closet and close at hand!
So what do you think?
I hope you get a chance to make one of these! They really aren't hard todo and look so much nicer than the plastic ice cream container my hubby had some of these things stored in! Hee, hee!
I will be back soon to show you how this project looks once it's completed!
But it will be a few weeks...still no carpet!
It you get a chance...
Stop by my other blog
You will really get a kick out of what we are doing at the store in Tipton!
I would love to hear what you think!
Until next time!