Kate over at Centsational Girl today posted an awesome tutorial for covering craft store wooden boxes with fabric for some pretty and functional storage. Her boxes look so beautiful that I decided I was going to try my hand at it too! Definitely go check out her tutorial and beautiful pictures of the finished product!
Unfortunately I didn’t have any wooden boxes on hand, nor did I have the right kind of staples for the staple gun, so instead I decided to cover an old shoebox. That’s the kind of thrifty DIY project that really gets my blood pumping. I never throw away old shoeboxes, thinking that I’m going to repurpose them for storage, but they’re so ugly that I never end up using them.
I started out with an old shoebox and some $1/yard fabric that I had picked up a couple of years ago. I intended to make pillow covers with it but the fabric was so thin I didn’t think it would hold up too well. It was perfect for this project, though, cause the lightweight fabric didn’t add too much bulk.
Instead of stapling, I just hot-glued the fabric to the box. I basically followed Centsational Girl’s directions, just substituting hot glue instead of staples. (Hey, gotta use what you have…)
After hot-gluing both long sides I trimmed the fabric on the short sides (as per her directions), and folded it up over the side.
More hot glue. Lots and lots of hot glue. I may have burned a finger or two. I also added a bead of hot glue just on the seam on the corners to help it lie flat.
Just for fun, I lined the box with orange craft felt to hide the jaggedy edges. I hot glued that down too.
I basically did the exact same thing for the lid, except that I couldn’t line it with felt because it would have fit too snugly. Who knew a shoebox could be so pretty?
My little fabric-covered shoebox is now living on the Expedit where it corrals loose photos, magnets, and cards that I don’t have room to display, but don’t want to throw away.
I love fast, functional projects like this! I was able to complete the project, shoot the photos, and post this blog post all during the baby’s morning nap! Woot!