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 could happen.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
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.
ADD FABRIC ON OUTSIDE OF BOX:
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.
ADD FABRIC ON INSIDE OF BOX:
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?