• Home Decor,  Organization & Storage

    Boxes into Baskets

    As you all know, I am still working on my {Half Bathroom Remodel}. *Sigh* We have now added some shelving and I have been looking for some budget storage. Cheap, cute baskets can be hard to come by. So I racked my brain and came up with this wonderful substitute, turning boxes into baskets.

    Basket 5

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    This basket is made from an ordinary cardboard box, 4 ply jute, a hot glue gun, many glue sticks, and a whole lot of love.

    Basket 1

    First, using scissors, I cut the flaps off the box.

    Basket 2

    Next, I wrapped my sad, flap-less box with the jute, gluing every bit of it along the way.

    Basket 3

    Then, I continued wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.



    Finally, when I reach the top, I was so excited, as if I had just climbed my way to the peak of Mt. Everest.

    Basket 4

    To finish off the basket, I quickly whipped up a custom size liner using inexpensive, white muslin fabric.

    Basket

    I love the look and it really didn’t take too long. Now, I just need to make a few more of these to shove on my bathroom shelves.

    * Update: A tutorial on How to Make a Custom Basket Liner is now available!

  • Crafts,  Organization & Storage,  Painting Projects

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 1

    This project is not any sort of revolutionary new item. People have covered boxes with fabric before and the new rage of dipping baskets into paint is all over the web and in stores. But I may be 1/4 genius for combining the two together. Ok, maybe 1/16.

    We needed some sort of storage containers for our closet and I wanted them to have that cool dipped basket look. Since spending a ton of money on storage that will ultimately be shoved behind closed doors seemed a bit silly, I obviously chose the DIY route. (Is there any other way?!?) And these puppies needed to fit several criteria:

    1. They had to be cheap. Duh.
    2. They had to be easy.
    3. They had to be neutral.

    I wanted the storage to blend in and not scream “Here I am. Look at me!” even though they were going to be locked up in the closet. Yes, for some reason, I still cared what they looked like.

    Since I had several diaper boxes in the recycling, they naturally became my storage containers of choice for the fabulous price of FREE. In addition, I gathered some ivory colored burlap (super cheap) and had white paint in the garage, which I would use later.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 2

    I started by cutting off the top flaps of my box and duct taping the holes where the handles were, as well as covering the hole in the bottom. This just made wrapping everything with fabric so much easier.

    Next, I measured my box, starting on one side and going around the bottom to the other side, to figure out the width of my fabric. I also repeated this for the opposite sides. For a Pampers size 4 diaper box, my fabric measurements were 30″ x 38″ after I added 3 inches to both to allow for overlap on the top of the box.

    (You can see here that my box is painted white. This is because the teal color of the box and the word Pampers could be seen through my fabric. If your fabric is darker or thicker you probably won’t have this problem. Or if you don’t care, you probably won’t have this problem either. *wink* )

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 3

    Next, I placed my fabric on ground and centered my box on top of it. I used scissors to cut squares out of the corners with about an inch of allowance where the corners would meet.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 4

    Then, I pulled the two longer sides up and hot glued them to the inside of the box along the edges.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 5

    This next part doesn’t have to be perfect by any means. Using scissors, I snipped in on an angle to the corner of the box, doing this for all four corners.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 6

    You can see here how wonky my angles are, but it worked out regardless. Each small edge was then folded in and glued to the ends of the box.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 7

    After that came more folding and gluing. I creased the edges of the end pieces in and lifted them up to make sure that they were lined up with the corners of the box. They were, so I glued along each folded seam and then pulled the top over and secured it to the inside of the box.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 8

    Here is the fabric box all finished.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 9

    For the paint dipped effect, I taped all the way around the box, about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 10

    Then, I just used a paint brush to apply paint on that lower portion. After letting it dry for about 20 minutes, it was ready to go.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 11

    This project probably took about an hour total, but that included initially painting the diaper box, cutting, folding, gluing, painting, drying and taking pictures of the process along the way. Not too bad if you ask me! And as far as cost goes, since I already had the box and paint, I think it ended up being less than $2.

    Paint Dipped Box Baskets 12

    I know that these still look boxy, but I like that the texture and color of the burlap help everything feel a little more like a basket. What do you think?

  • Home Decor

    Top 10 Ways To Decorate When You Are Pretty Much Broke

    Many of us have been there. You are strapped for cash, but still want to have a space that you can be proud of. When you don’t have a lot of extra money to throw into beautifying your home, never fear! We are sharing our top 10 ways to decorate when you are pretty much broke. (Or in our case, when you really just love to save money!)

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    1. Change Things Up With Paint
    Whether you are trying to give a room an updated look or makeover an old piece of furniture, paint is probably our favorite (and the easiest) way to make a big impact without spending a ton. And if you are really strapped for dough, check out the mis-tinted paint section of your local home improvement store for a bargain.

    Scoop Chair Makeover
    scoop chair 4

    2. Thrift
    This is kind of a given, but there are so many amazing items waiting to be found at thrift stores. The prices are cheap and many times you can find furniture items, lamps and decor which you can easily updated by using tip #1.

    Glazed Herb Planter
    Glazed Herb Planter 1

    3. Use A Pallet
    There are probably 750 million ways to use a pallet when decorating. The possibilities are endless, pallets are free, and you could end up with a cool piece of furniture or some fun wall art with just a little time and energy.

    Pallet Coffee Table
    Pallet table 13

    4. Upcycle
    Sometimes there are items that end up sitting around our houses just waiting to be used and upcycling is a great way to breath life into an unused piece by giving it a new purpose.

    File Cabinet Turned Garage Storage
    File Cabinet Garage Storage 1

    5. Use Paper
    Using paper ranks up there close to paint, especially because it is sooooo cheap. There are so many fun decorations you can make using paper, such as wreaths, banners and even silhouettes.

    Simple Silhouettes
    Fall Piano Decor

    6. Get Creative With Storage
    Storage boxes and baskets can get pretty pricey. Make your own on the cheap using boxes covered in fabric or wrapped in jute rope.

    Boxes Into Baskets
    Make a Custom Basket Liner

    7. Shop Your Own Home
    Sometimes items can be moved from one area and end up working better in another part of the house. If you happen to have art work or furniture pieces that maybe just don’t quite go with what you have going on in one room, test it out in another to see if it goes better.

    Entertainment Stand Dresser
    Entertainment Stand Dresser 5

    8. Embrace Garbage
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure, so don’t be afraid to grab that cool looking end table or chair that someone else has thrown out to the curb. (Check out the ultimate garbage picking kit!)

    Reupholstered Curbside Chair
    Vanity/Workspace 1

    9. Host a Swap Party
    This is a fun, free way to get rid of things you no longer want or need and get a few new treasures for yourself.

    Host a Swap Party
    Reupholstered Bench 6

    10. Utilize the Dollar Store
    Your local dollar store is a great place to look when hunting down ideas for home decor. Plus, if you aren’t a huge fan of their existing items, many pieces can be DIYed into some beautiful.

    Budget Friendly Glass Hurricane
    Glass Hurricane 1

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  • Home Decor,  Organization & Storage,  Sew

    How to Make a Custom Basket Liner

    Since re-sharing our Boxes into Baskets post, we have had many requests for a tutorial on how to make a custom basket liner. I have put together a step by step guide for you. (Yes there a lot of steps, but don’t be intimidated. It should only take about 30 minutes to make.) Without further ado, here are instructions and tips so you may create your own.

    How to Make a Custom Basket Liner
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    Supplies

    Basket/Container – Anything you would like to line.
    Tape Measure– I personally like a fabric one for projects like this.
    Fabric– This can really be anything you want to make your liner made out of. I usually use inexpensive muslin to keep the cost down, but today I am using different colors of fabric to make it easier to follow along.
    Rotary Cutter – Scissors work too!
    Cutting Mat – This is optional. You may not need one if you are using scissors.
    Straight Pins– In my opinion, an absolute must.
    Sewing machine– Hand stitching is also acceptable, but may take a little longer.

    * If you don’t sew and still want to make a custom basket liner, exchange the sewing machine for Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards, a clothes iron, and ironing board. (Check the Thermoweb Heat’n Bond packaging to make sure your fabric choice is conducive to working with this product. Cotton is usually a safe bet.)

    1. Use your tape measure to grab the height and width of all four sides and the bottom of the box.

    Measure For Liner
    2. To me the trickiest part is the math. I first added one inch to all of the original measurements to assume a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then, I added 2″ to the height of the sides, so the finished liner will be able to hang over the top of the box/basket. (FYI: I only added 1″ when I made the white muslin liner. This is so you can see the difference in lengths between the two and choose what works best for you.)

    Fabric Measurements
    * For this project, if you decided not to sew, I suggest using Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards. This way you will not have to alter the math equation to fit the width of the adhesive.

    3. Use the rotary cutter or scissors to cut the fabric to the final measurements. (My finals are typed in green on the chart.)

    For tutorial purposes, these are the fabrics I used for each section.
     

    Fabric Collage copy
    4. With front sides of fabric facing each other, pin section 1 to section 2 together down left hand edge. Sew along pinned edge assuming 1/2″ seam allowance.

    * For the non-sewers out there, every-time you see the word “sew” in this tutorial, place and pin the Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards along the edge and press with iron to adhere. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging as different brands may vary.

    Custom Liner Sewing
    5. Open up your newly sewn piece, lay section 3 face down on section 2, and pin together down right hand edge. Sew along pinned edge again.

    Custom Liner Pinning
    6. Repeat step 5, but this time lay section 4 on section 3 and pin together on right side.

    Custom Basket Liner Pinning
    Sewing a Custom Liner


    7. Fold top edge of fabric strip.

    Fold Fabric
    8. Then, fold again to hide rough edge and pin.

    Pinning Fabric Edging
    9. Sew along edge.

    Sewn Fabric Edge
    10. Fold fabric strip in half so that the print side of section 1 is on top of the print side of section 4. Pin along edge and sew.

    DIY Custom Liner Sides
    11. At this point, it should look something like this.

    DIY Basket Liner Sides
    12. Now it is time to add the bottom piece. Pin bottom fabric section with front side of fabric facing upward to the sides piece.

    Liner Bottom
    Custom Liner Bottom
    13. Finally, sew along all four sides. Make sure the corners are secure so you don’t end up with any holes in your liner.

    Sew DIY Liner for Basket
    Congratulations! You have now finished making your own custom liner. Yay!



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    Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

    Here is how mine turned out using the muslin fabric.

    Make a Custom Basket Liner
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