Monday, March 21, 2011

DIY- From Diaper Box to Cute Box in Under One Toddler Nap

I feel like I'm buried in these, sometimes:

I've had them in all sizes and shapes possible.  I don't know why, but breaking them down and putting them in the recycling bin really gets my goat.  Its just a thing, I guess.  But I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to do with them forever now.  Then one day I thought about these cute boxes I see from time to time:

And then I thought about all the junk I have lying around that really would be better off in a box.  After my ah ha moment with my ugly medicine cabinet awhile back, I've been kind of fanatical (for me) about putting things in boxes.  I realized that the umpteen diaper boxes I throw away could really be put to good use.  I tried a prototype and came up with this:
It was ok but there were some things I learned.  First, do you see how you can see the box through the fabric?  And I learned the easiest way to deal with the seams. Also, I learned that those stinky holes need special care.  All in all, not a bad first try but it was a little harder than it should have been.   Then, I tried again, armed with knowledge this time:) and came up with this:
Ah, much better.  And easier too. I added a sign just in case I ever have amnesia:

It could happen.

 I went through 1 bottle of this and still need just a touch more.  You could probably use Mod Podge, too.
Scissors. Just in case you too get amnesia and can't remember what they look like, here's a picture.

and fabric of your choice.  I needed 1 1/2 yard for mine to cover both the outside and inside. I used a heavier canvas type fabric the first time, but preferred using the lighter cotton blend I used on the second box because less glue was needed. Bring the measurements to your fabric store and the person cutting your fabric should be able to help you do the math.  

1.  Cut the top flaps off the box making sure to leave a clean straight edge at the top of the box.
2.  If there are graphics on the outside of the box as there were on mine, you'll want to strip the box.  Mine was simple to do without any tools.  Just find a raw edge and pull the paper away from the cardboard.  I'm not sure about any other kind of box but hopefully they will all be similar.
3. Decide what you want to do with the handle holes.  I found the easiest way to deal with them was to leave the flap on the box so that it fills the hole. Then, from inside of the box, adhere the flap with tape.

1.  Roughly cut fabric to fit sides allowing about an inch overhang on each side.
2.  Apply glue liberally to box (one side at a time) making sure to put glue close to edge on all four edges.  
3.  Place cut fabric on the box, over the glue, and arrange so that one inch overhangs on each side. Use one of the cut cardboard pieces to smooth the fabric.  If some comes through the fabric, it is ok.  It will dry clear.
4.  Glue fabric over the top, cut edge of the box and also to the bottom of the box.  To sides will be glued flat at the corner (over lapping the other side) and two will be folded over to make a hemmed edge. For hemmed edge:  While glue is still wet, fold fabric under after lifting some of the fabric off the box.  Make sure the fold is straight and fix to the edge. Add more glue if necessary.

 1.  Repeat steps 1-4.  Create a hemmed edge on all four sides around the top edge of the box.  Cuts can be more precise and side edges do not need hemmed edges.  Make sure glue covers the raw edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.

AnD yOU'rE DOnE!

Add Embellishments to your heart's content!

In the midst of working on this project I came across another cardboard box makeover over at Full of Great Ideas.  Her's may just be cuter, but you still love me.  She used mod podge which I'm sure you can also use here.  It may even be cheaper, I don't really know.

Hope you have fun and if you DO choose to make one, post a pic on Crafty Challenge, will you?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy, Happy Friday!

A few pictures for you of some things that had me at hello.  The first of which was the neutrals picture that came with my Sherwin-Williams coupon email.  Oh how I love blue and green together.  They're like, well, they're as perfect as peanut butter and chocolate ice cream (which I'm totally craving).  But I loved the two together in shades I don't normally see.  And the chairs and the window, ah.  Then the second is from Made by Girl home tour.  If you go, be sure to look at part 2 too.  I'm kind of wanting to move in to this person's house.  Its about perfectly my taste.  But I don't know if I can really say that because there are so many opposite things that are perfectly my taste.  What do you think about these pics?  Anything you love or hate?  Lay it on me:)

Have a most splendid weekend!  We're having a little puppy visit tomorrow...  should be too cute to handle.  Thankfully for us Sam isn't old enough to know that he can ask for a puppy yet.  I don't think this house can take another animal:) and I don't know if I'll be strong enough to say no when the time comes....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Project: Lampshade in Progress

Yay! Yay.  Yippee.  I have gotten a few members in my Crafty Challenge flickr group!  Don't be shy everyone....  It will be a great source of fun and inspiration, I promise.  I've joined a few groups and I love to see what's posted.  BTW I wanted to mention that I forgot you, Lindsi!  Get over there and post some pictures of your awesome baby blankets, woman.  And your cool gift ideas (hot chocolate, etc.)  That is, of course, if you feel comfortable doing so:)  I don't want to be too pushy:)  But I really think your stuff is cool.

So this weekend Project: Lampshade launched with thunderous enthusiasm only to come to an equally thunderous halt.  I dismantled it.

 and prepped for spraying. 
I would have shown you a picture of the 220 grit sandpaper I used to ruff it up, but the redonkulous wind (it was wipping! but it was pretty warm so I'm not complaining) sent it sailing before I snapped a photo.  I'm sure you know what sandpaper looks like.  I learned that these sprayers aren't really worth the money, for me anyway.

I got a coat of paint on after I took shelter in the garage from that crazy wind, but the color is not exactly what I was hoping for.  So thus the screeching halt.  Sam and I have a trip to the paint store in our very near future.  Funny.  The people there seem to recognize me now:) 

I have a definite plan now though and lets just say the light fixture below the shade is taking a short trip to the trash can.  Went to the local hardware store the other day to look for new lighting stuff and had a funny convo with the over sixty clerk (very, very nice man).  He just didn't understand what was wrong with the chain I already had on the lamp.  And, truthfully, there really isn't anything wrong with it.  Its just outdated.  What a silly concept, if you really sit down and think about it.  But, I'm still going to get a new one:) 

So, this is a very unsatisfying post, I fear.  But, stay tuned for more lamp adventures. 

Oh, and here's a funny kid sequence:

Thankfully I stepped in before she was dragged to the floor.  Poor cats. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Crafty Challenge! Share Your Favorite Labor of Love

I had an idea today!  It would be funny if that's all I said and moved on, wouldn't it?  Too bad. I'm going to tell you what it is:)  Yes, I've had ideas before, and sometimes they're even good:)  Usually I just tell Jason then I tell him to invent it.  But since this one involves you and its already invented, well, I have to share don't I? 

So, here's the thing.  I feel a little silly over here sharing my whole life story to everyone who happens to be around to listen!  I want to share your projects too!  I know you have great things to show.  I know you do!!!!!  SOOO, to aid in my quest to drag you all up here with me, I started a flicker group called Crafty Challenge (I know, I know.  Crappy title, right?  Well, I didn't realize I was going to have to be all creative and stuff.  So this is what came off the top of my head.) 

Anyway, every month I'll post a challenge and everyone, including me, will have a month to complete the challenge.  Upload your pictures to the group and I'll pick some to feature on my blog from time to time.


What do you think? 

A challenge that's floating around in my head is CREATE A SIGN USING ONLY THINGS YOU FIND AROUND THE HOUSE, or some such nonsense.  I'll try to be clear and keep it easy but you are welcome to ask questions, of course. I'll try and be diverse in my challenges in order to keep you all interested and to highlight different strengths.

Now for the hard sell.  I personally find that when I'm forced to be resourceful with materials, that's when I'm most creative.  Well, I guess its because you have to be.  But, imagine looking around your house and seeing unique things that you made, either by yourself, or with your family.  Wouldn't that be cool?  You can look at it when you're old and gray (provided its sturdy enough.  Heavens!  Some of the things I've made haven't made it passed the weekend) and think! Its like a marker in time, these things.

So for the first, and hopefully not only, challenge I thought I'd keep it easy.  CRAFTS YOU'VE MADE AND ARE PROUD OF.  So this month, please upload photos of things you've already made.  Does it get easier?   Not really.  June!  You can upload your shower curtain.  Melita, your table runner, dresses.  Calysta, your monsters, pillows.  Les, your headboard, dressers.  ANYTHING that you love that you personally made. More then one? GREAT. 

I can't wait to see what you guys post.  Cherries on top?! 

Dad.  You have a pass from this one.  Although maybe I shouldn't let you off so easy. You have a little craftiness in there, I think;) 


Happy, Happy Friday!


So, I was talking with a friend the other day about her kitchen walls and I was making the case for a green very close to this one here.  I think this looks quite nice, don't you?  

Some lovely things to work on this weekend.
Oh yeah.  That ginormous lamp project that has me quaking in my boots, too.

Hope you all are well.  We are getting there.  Mr. Sam's been sick this week, blah.  But we got some food to go down the chute today so I think there's hope:)  I'm battling an enormous case of crabbiness but confident I will prevail:)

Have a good one, k?

k & s

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thanks and Update

Hello!  So sorry for the lag time between posts.  Jason took the computer with him on a business trip and the one downstairs is sooo slow.  Did I mention its also very, very cold down there?  Sitting in the cold, damp basement whilst twiddling my thumbs waiting for the page to load feels like a special form of torture.  But I have my precious laptop back now.  Oh happy day!

Its been killing me not to respond to all those wonderful comments on my last post!  Thank you all for the interest and advise.  I'm overwhelmed!  I took the plunge yesterday and bought some green paint from Sherwin Williams.  Its called "Dill" high gloss of course.  I also bought a mini spray gun.  I'll document and report how this goes, fumbles and all.  I'm not entirely convinced it will work out, but like you all pointed out, I can try and if it doesn't work, well nothing much is lost.  If your just tuning in, catch up here and here.

Hopefully I'll have some progress on this one this weekend.  I'll be in touch soon.

Hugs and kisses to you all.  Thanks so much for sticking with me:)



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