DIY Hanging Snack Basket

I shared earlier this week my thoughts and feelings on both of my little men attending preschool this year. In that post, I gave you a sneak peak of a DIY hanging snack basket I had created to make the transitions to and from school go a little smoother. This snack station will be kept near our front door to give myself easy access to snacks for the boys on the way out or in.

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Here is how I made it.

Supplies

1 Small cardboard box
Scissors
X-acto knife
Elmer’s glue
Paint brush
1 Old book

First, I cut three flaps off the top of the cardboard box. This left me with just one flap left to make the handle.

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Next, I used a pen to sketch a handle on the remaining flap and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. I did this processes very carefully as X-Acto knives can be really sharp and I didn’t want to lose any fingers.

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Okay, here is where the project went wacky.

I thought, hey it would be so awesome if I made this cardboard box look like it was made out of planks of wood, but not actually use wood for it. Well, once again, I was wrong. I used craft paper and used a tool to make wood grain on the paper and glued it to the box. It was an odd color, but I thought “hey I will move on with it anyways.” When I stained and polyurethaned the box, the paper started to bubble up and looked really bad and the color did not improve. Bummer!

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It was time to scratch that idea and move on. My first attempt was a fail, but I was able to salvage the box to push forward to make something really cute. Plus it made the final project more sturdy.

I decided that covering the box with just about anything would be an improvement. After giving it some thought, I chose book pages.

First, I ripped out pages from an old book. This book had been well read and had lived a great life. It was time to give it a new purpose.

Next, using a solution of Elmer’s glue and water I brushed the glue on the pages and attached them to the box. To give the design interest I rotated the pages to where some were facing right-side up, upside down and sideways.

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I continued applying book pages until the box was fully covered.

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Finally, I added this really cute chalkboard tag I won in a giveaway from Little House Of Four. It was the perfect touch.

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Leaving the house with my two preschoolers can sometimes be a fight, so this hanging snack basket will be extremely convenient to just grab a snack and go. Love how it turned out too!

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We would love hear any tips and tricks you may have that make the school mornings go a little smoother.

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