• 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.

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    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,  Organization & Storage,  Painting Projects

    Chalkboard Tins

    After almost every holiday, Target’s dollar spot goes on clearance. I always try to go to the store at this time to see what deals are to be had. On November 1st, I went early and found these adorable Halloween tins marked down 50% off. At only $0.50 each, I picked up 6 of them. I love the designs on the side and by painting the lids, I could have some cute little storage chalkboard tins that could be used year round.

    Tins 1

    First,  I roughed up the surface with some sandpaper, to make the paint adhere better.

    Tins 2

    Then, they got a coat of chalkboard paint.

    Tins 3

    Finally, I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the tops to prime them.

    Tin 4

    Tins 5

    Isn’t  it cute? The look of them remind me a bit of Erin’s Pet Food Canister. These will make some fun gift boxes for the up coming holidays.

    What do you buy from the Target dollar section?


  • 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.


    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,  Sew

    Reusable Snack Bag

    I previously mentioned in my {Packing A Carry On} post that I had a reusable snack bag that I took with me on my flight to Atlanta. Even though I may not be down with the lingo, I’m going to try and share a sewing tutorial on how to create these fun little clutches. They are cheap to make, pretty easy to whip up, and washable too. Plus, you won’t be THAT person. You know, the one who everyone is staring at as they crinkle and crunch a plastic snack bag. I hate being that person.

    Snack Bag 1
    Snack Bag 2

    Here is what you will need to make your own 4″ X 5 1/2″ bag.

    1 Piece of fabric (outside)
    1 Piece of fabric (lining)
    5″ of velcro
    Cutting mat & rotary cutter (or scissors)
    Sewing machine

    Snack Bag 3

    To start, cut both pieces of fabric into 9 1/2″ X 6″ sections. This will obviously be easier if you us a rotary cutter and cutting mat, but fabric scissors will also work. You could also try to use your teeth or a steak knife, but neither of these are recommended. *wink*

    Snack Bag 4

    Next, pin one piece of the velcro to each of the fabric pieces on the ends of the right sides and sew them on. (Photo below.) Naturally, I realized at the last minute that I didn’t have a heavy needle for circumstances like these, so I improvised with adhesive velcro instead. Doh! I don’t imagine it will withstand the washing machine, but it has held up so far with multiple uses. But you can disregard all of this, because YOU are going to SEW your velcro on and have no problems. Good job!

    Snack Bag 5

    Once the velcro is attached, place the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together with the velco on the inside at opposite ends and pin them together, like in the image below.

    Snack Bag 6

    Then, sew along both ends and about 1 1/4″ down both sides of the end where the lining piece’s velcro is attached.

    Snack Bag 7

    (The white fabric with black polka dots was used as my lining, so I sewed down the sides of the end where my velcro was attached to the white piece.)

    Snack Bag 8

    After that, turn the fabric right side out and fold it so that the lining is on the outside and the flap is left free. Pin the sides.

    Snack Bag 9

    Finally, sew along each side and turn it right side out when you are finished. The bag is then ready for use. If you made it this far with these instructions and you still remember your own name, you deserve a medal. If you now understand how to make this bag, I deserve a medal. Hopefully someone is getting a medal.

    Snack Bag 10

    I originally, made this with the intention of using it as a snack bag, but have since thought of other great uses as well. Make up bag, jewelry holder, floppy iPhone case, etc. Let us know if you give this a try!