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« on: November 17, 2008 03:41:30 AM »

I have been hoarding shoe boxes for a while now to use in my craft room as craft storage when I finally unpack everything into the new house.  I have a great ikea expedit bookcase (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2916992357_67c7f58cd4.jpg) which I dream of filling up with beautifully decorated shoe boxes.

I finally got off my butt over the weekend and re-did the first two.  I had been looking for really pretty wrapping paper for a long time and I finally found a jackpot at The Container Store.  They have such beautiful wrapping paper! 

Anyway, over the weekend I made these:

Out of two different shoe boxes from the closet. 

The white one came out with quite a few air bubbles, but I don't mind.

Bubbly bottom

Here is the brown one.  I LOVE the paper on this one, I am going to have to pick up a couple more rolls for other projects

Open.  I didn't do the sides because they're not visible from the outside.

Sorry, no before pictures, but I have a progress pic.  This box I had to un-do and lay flat because of the awkward shape. 

Comments/questions/criticism welcome  Cheesy


« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008 04:14:32 AM »

Just a suggestion, have you tried scrapbooking paper? It's a bit heavier and would stand up to the moisture in the glue better. Not sure where you are from but Dollarama has a great supply of packages with tons of great patterns for a buck!
You could even mix and match co-ordinating prints.

Love the idea, and love the brown print most of all!
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008 05:05:52 AM »

Those are beautiful, I need to do something like that for myself, too (I have that same bookcase, by the way Cheesy). I don't have shoeboxes but I do have old muffin and donut boxes waiting for a better life, maybe I could try something with them later on...!

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008 05:58:49 AM »

I wish had some old shoe boxes to do that with! Awesome.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008 08:20:46 AM »

They're looking great! =)

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008 09:24:38 PM »

These look awesome and give me ideas to help me use up all this handmade paper I bought while living in Japan. I have gobs of it (it was like 86 cents a roll) and just ran out of things to use it on. Don't know why I didn't think of this, it's so simple and yet looks really nice. Good job and thanks for posting

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008 09:48:39 PM »

Thanks for the comments everybody  Cheesy

Cealy, yes, I have used scrapbooking paper many times to decoupage other things, but for the shoeboxes I really wanted a seamless design, and one sheet of scrapbooking paper wouldn't cover like I wanted it to.  The heavier paper would probably not cause so many air bubbles, yes, but oh well  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008 08:36:01 AM »

Those would definately make good gift boxes aswell!  Just have to tie a ribbon around. Those a cute. Wink

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2008 03:26:22 PM »

They look great - very professional.  I agree with the comment that they'd make great gift boxes too.

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