Friday, May 21, 2010

Featured Friday with Kierste from Brown Paper Packages!

I am so excited to have another great blog swapper with us today! Kierste from Brown Paper Packages is visiting us and she has a GREAT project too!
Hello Fireflies & Jellybeans readers!

I'm Kierste, from brown paper packages, and I'm loving the opportunity to be here with you today, on Fawnda's fabulous blog!

I have a fun, simple project that I'm excited to share with you today!


After completing the entertainment center we built for our basement, I was in desperate need of some baskets to go on the shelves behind the doors.

I love baskets, and don't mind spending a little more on nice ones if they are going to be in a prominent place. However, these would be hidden behind doors, and would be in the throes of the basement, so I just didn't want to spend a lot on them.

So, I went on a hunt to find baskets for around $5--I knew I could paint them or jazz them up somehow, as long as they were the right size and shape. I went everywhere, and had absolutely no luck. I ended up at Walmart last, and when I couldn't find anything there, I headed to the organization section. When I saw these sturdy moving boxes, I knew just what I wanted to do!

These "cardboard box baskets" are perfect. They are darling, sturdy, and cost less than $3 a piece to make. I love how they turned out, so I now I need to make one more to fill the whole space.

They are SUPER easy to make--this is how I did it!

  • sturdy book or moving boxes, with handles
  • spray paint
  • double stick tape
  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock
  • distress ink
  • printed text

1. Spray paint boxes. It took 2 coats and 1 can of paint to do two boxes. It will just depend on the color of your box, and if there is any writing/graphics.

2. Print out desired text on cardstock. Cut it out, distress the edges, and mat it on a coordinating piece of cardstock. Distress edges.

3. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit entire front side of your box. Take a tiny bit of tape to hold the paper on the box, then trace the handle opening on the inside of the box, so you will know where to cut. Cut out the handle opening, then secure the entire piece of cardstock on your box. Distress the edges of the box and paper.

4. Using the double stick tape, attach your printed text to the box.

Ta-da!! You have darling, simple, and cheap cardboard baskets that you can use anywhere. These would be great in closets, the garage, pantries, or inside furniture doors.

In the entertainment center:


It has been a pleasure to be here, thank you so much for letting me visit! I have lots of other fun projects on my blog, and I hope you will come by to say hi--I would love it!



Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Oh... I absolutely love these! I am going to be creating a craft/workshop room in our basement this summer (I hope). I will need tons of storage and cheap. These are stinkin cute! I love the dots. I am so on this project. Thanks for sharing.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the pattern you chose. I need to make something like this for my son's toys.

Kelli @ WhimsiKel said...

This is so clever! I tried wrapping one using spray glue, but it's obviously way too old (the glue), and I haven't come up with a way to fix it. This is perfect! So I'll be tackling this project fairly soon. Thanks for the tute!

Anonymous said...

I love everything about these, so cute and very clever...I especially love the polka-dots! ~Sam

Admin said...

Very nice! Thank you for the article!

Life in Rehab said...

Those are very cool, and I do love to spray paint boxes and make them into storage. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Jane B. said...

Ahhh...I love cute organization projects! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week-end!

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Tiffany said...

This is such a FAB idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try some of my own!

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