Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Burlap Covered Boxes

I hate having teensy weensy toys all over the house. I hate having to store them in clear plastic containers or laundry baskets (which is what I have been doing). Instead I have a buttload of diaper boxes (pun intended!), and I knew I could put them to good use.

My father-in-law built us a pair of sturdy, beautiful bookcases. The Huggies boxes fit perfectly on the shelves, they are just very ugly.

So, I grabbed a couple yards of plain burlap and a pretty muted green burlap at Joanne's and covered them. I still need to get some trim for the edges, but you get the idea. I wanted to personalize them, and I loooove the numbers craze, so I added some special dates to our boxes.

I know you can see the Huggies logo in the background, but I swear, it is only because of the flash! With normal light, you have to get reaaallly close and squint to see them. Nonetheless, I would do 2 layers of burlap on the side that will face out on future boxes.

Here is how to do the letters. Find a font you like, and set the page layout to landscape. I used a 180 point font size for it to be big enough. Print it out, and make a stencil by cutting the letters out. I used cardstock for a sturdier stencil and put cardboard under my cardstock while I was razor cutting.

This is what the stencil looks like:

Just tape it to the box, and fill in with a Sharpie.
Take the stencil off and fill in any gaps, and voila!, you have some custom made burlap covered boxes. For less than a dollar each.
Sorry for the blurry picture, but I wanted to show it to you with no flash. I can't wait to add my trim, I am thinking braided jute, just got to get to the craft store first :)

For another cutie patootie covered diaper box project, go visit Beth at The Stories of A to Z.
http://bethcrabtreehunter.blogspot.com/2009/09/from-diaper-box-to-cute-basket.html

I am linking up to Kimba's A Soft Place to Land for DIY Day. Have fun checking the projects out, I love looking at all the ideas! There are so many talented and creative people out there!

http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2009/10/diy-day-and-giveaway.html

22 comments:

  1. CUTE!

    I don't have diaper boxes anymore, but I have American Girl boxes of all sizes. I couldn't throw any of them away because they are such good sturdy boxes. I'm heading out to JoAnn's for some burlap now. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. They look great! And thanks for the shout out :).

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  3. Those came out great! What a neat idea. I never would have thought of that.

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  4. Adorable! love this idea, thanks for sharring!!

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  5. Great idea! Very thifty and creative. Love, love, love it!

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  6. So creative. I love the look. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Cute, cute way to hide stuff. My kiddos are teens now, but this would of been a nice way to reuse that diaper box and corral everything.
    thanks for sharing.
    I popped over from Kimba's DIY DAY.

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  8. Those do look so good! I love organization ideas!! Stop by my blog if you can!

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  9. Fantastic. But, how do you get your font size to go to 180? Mine only goes to 72 and I can't type one in.

    Charla
    cahhdj@centurytel.net

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  10. Great idea, and fabulous way to recycle boxes! I really enjoyed looking around your blog!
    *Eliza’s blog*

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  11. Super cute idea!! Laundry soap boxes would be great too--they are so sturdy.

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