Since we have a toddler, we buy a lot of diapers and wipes. And we buy in bulk. This leads to very many cardboard boxes. I'm a fanatic about recycling, but I'm an even bigger fanatic about organization (or at least I dream to be!). With all sorts of toys, puzzles, hats, gloves, mittens, etc all piled around the house, I need to find a pretty way to store them. My solution is to cover some of these boxes with fabric that I already have a good stock of, and see what happens.
The best part about this project is that I didn't have to use my hot glue gun (we don't work well together), and I could use my spray glue that I had leftover from a previous project. Spray glue is ah-maz-zing! You just need to make sure you have your work surfaced covered and have the room well ventilated :)
box or item to cover
material, amount depends on the size of the box
spray glue (or hot glue gun for all you show-offs!
I'll post the directions with each picture, so it will be a bit easier to follow.
|Start with cutting off the top flaps on your box. I used a pair of all-purpose scissors and not my fabric sheers.|
|Lay box on the fabric and roll over to the side, you want to make sure you have enough fabric on each side, plus about 2 inches to fold over into the inside of the box. Repeat with the opposite side.|
|Repeat the previous step with the remaining sides of the box.|
|Cut fabric accordingly, leaving about an inch allowance on the sides where it will meet up on the outside corners of the box. Start with one side of the box and spray with the fabric glue and immediately fold over fabric, smoothing out any creases.|
|Spray more fabric glue on the inside of the box and fold over the remaining fabric to secure. Repeat for the opposite side of the box that you are working with.|
|When you are ready to move onto the next 2 sides, snip the fabric that meets up on the outside corners with your scissors so you can fold in the extra fabric.|
|Secure the top extra fabric to the box with spray glue, and fold the unsecured fabric to create a seam. Be sure to do a trial fold onto the box to make sure it lines up properly.|
|Spray entire side of box with glue and fold up fabric, smoothing out any wrinkles. Then secure fabric to the inside of the box.|
|I had 2 boxes I wanted to cover, so I used my original template to simply cut out an additional cover.|
If you notice your fabric on the inside of the box isn't stinking well, you can break out the hot glue gun to tact this part down.
Another fun idea for these is to cut out felt letters and add a child's name or to simply tag the box with what you are storing.