File Box Makeover – Craft Supply Storage on the cheap.. and pretty!

Posted in CLASSROOM, CRAFT ROOM, DIY, ORGANIZATION
on July 28, 2013

As work continues on the Happy Room, it’s become glaringly obvious that we’ve a big need for storage. Let me rephrase – we’ve a big need for cheap, attractive storage.

Simply put, I have a lot of craft stuff. And, it had three different homes – I was hoping to coral it in to one space with this room. I had been using these inexpensive plastic file boxes that I picked up at Walmart for under $5 to store the craft supplies. They work really well – they are large enough, they’re definitely cheap, but they are unfortunately pretty low on the attractiveness scale. Not to mention, they hide nothing, just adding to the cluttered look.

I came up with an easy fix, using scrapbook paper and jute.

It was easy enough to create a pattern out of scrap paper, which I then traced on to two layers of card stock, trimming where needed.

I adhered the patterned card stock to the plain using spray adhesive, again, trimming where necessary, and attached the dual layer of card stock to the file box using hot glue, as shown. The holes have a raised edge that allows the glue to adhere to the card stock nicely.

To add interest, I attached a braided jute border around the handles, using hot glue.

The labels were created using the free version of picmonkey, which I would die without love. I affixed them to the boxes using spray adhesive.

And, there you have it! It’s funny how much of a difference something so simple can make. Quick, easy, and cheap. Just the way I like my crafts!

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5 Comments

  • lisa at Mabey She Made It

    What a fun economical way to make those crates cute! Nice job!

    July 30, 2013 at 1:27 am Reply
  • Pam Klimper

    Cool idea! TFS!

    Pam
    @ http://www.pjstreasures.blogspot.com

    July 30, 2013 at 3:34 am Reply
  • Yvonne Urra-Bazain

    That is some serious improvement! =D Thank you for sharing this neat idea.

    August 1, 2013 at 3:29 am Reply
  • Ruth Soukup

    Ah, I love the before and afters!! They look so much better and SO much cuter! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

    August 2, 2013 at 3:39 am Reply
  • Hillary

    Great idea to dress up some basic bins! http://lovelyonabudget.blogspot.com/

    August 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply
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