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« on: May 12, 2011 06:13:48 PM »

I have about 6 cardboard boxes (the strong ones that paper comes in with lids) and I've been wanting to decorate them to reuse them.  I've found some things online that say to use fabric or thick paper, but I was wondering if anyone here had any tips?  I'd love to use fabric, but it can get costly and I don't think I have enough clothes to tear apart!

Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this stuff?  I thought it would be a good idea to get some jeans and denim to use as a fabric cover.  I want them to look nice since they'll be in my craft room and I have it all organized and decorated...


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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011 07:15:56 PM »

I've done decoupage on cardboard craft storage boxes.  I went to the local library thrift store and bought old National Geographic magazines (really cheap, but benefited the library, anyway), ripped pictures from the pages and got out the Modge Podge.  Of course, you could use sale decorative scrap booking papers, instead.  The decoupage will actually strengthen the cardboard when it's dry.  For me this meant I enjoyed both the process and the products!  Have fun.  Debra
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011 07:45:57 PM »

I just made a toy chest for my grand daughter from a home depot box. I covered it with duct tape 1st the then attached the fabric with a stapler and hot glue gun (only because I wanted instant gratification). I have also done the decoupage technique with both paper and fabric (they both worked well for me). Good luck and don't forget to post pics. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011 05:38:20 PM »

Both are awesome ideas and I think I'm going to try doing a little bit of everything!

I didn't think just decoupaging would strengthen the box, but I guess it makes sense (I can spray it with my acrylic sealer to put my mind at ease-HAHA!)

I'll be posting pics soon! Don't worry!

Thanks for the awesome ideas!

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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011 08:58:32 AM »

Sounds like a great idea! Cant wait to see pictures!!!!!
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011 04:21:00 PM »

Here is a pretty cool tutorial that uses old album cover art to decorate a storage box. I made one with a cigar box that turned out way cool.
 I used some albums I got from Salvation Army!
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2011 10:46:32 AM »

Totally different track.... When Michaels still had the round hat box chipboard type boxes, I made a 3-tier paper cake for a wedding shower and then had to make one for myself. I spray painted the boxes a pale creamy yellow and then fixed on those good old artificial flowers to look like a decorated cake. Also those little pseudo-pearls or tiny dots of white paint to make little arabesques and scroll'y designs.

You could make a sheet cake look with rectangular/square box. Also a cake-look doesn't have to be flowery. It could have little toys on top like zoo animals, circus, trucks and trains with a little track glued down that could be played with (oh this makes me want to make one like that for my neighbors little boys!), etc.

Oh and also for the wedding shower box stack, I bought a vintage glass cake stand and the boxes fit on top of the cake stand - I got the idea from an old Mary Englebreit dressing table photo - and also the cake plate FIT into the largest cake/hat box.

Wish Michaels still sold those boxes. So handy for keeping stuff on the top shelf of my closet. But I probably have enough anyway!

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2011 02:45:42 PM »

I think denim would look kewl and you could applique things on relevant on whats in the box, for example a box with buttons in could have buttons on the front.

you could give your box texture by gluing on art straws, (to just below he lid line) then paint them. You could also weave the art straws to make them look like wicker baskets.

Paper covers using gift wrap.

Rolled up straws made from coloured paper or magazines looks interesting as well.

And what about felt? I am planning on making a box looking like a dolls house using felt.

Good Luck!
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