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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Free. Seriously. Nada.

My latest project was sitting in the trash at work. I found these envelope boxes just waiting to be taken. Our accountant was a little bewildered by my happy dance, but he understood that I'd found something that at least I thought was cool, and he scrounged up another.
Awesome.














I had 4 boxes, eight pieces, so I pulled out 4 different tail end cans of blue and green spray paint. The colors for this project were Key Lime, Apple Green, Spa Blue, and Aqua. I had a spool and a half of the turquoise ribbon left over from the memo board, and some metal framed paper tags still hanging around from Christmas.

I did have to go and splurge on a new hole punch for $1. My daughter claims I don't own one. In 49 years, I have never once punched a hole in anything. EVER. No, there weren't previously 2 hole punches in the craft cabinet. That statement is punctuated by an innocent look and whistling. Uh huh.

























Anyway, one top and one bottom was given 3 light 
 coats in each color and allowed to dry. Then, I punched a hole in the center of each lid, slightly below the middle. I cut ribbon to rim the lids and hot glued it into place, starting at the middle of the front above the punched hole. I then cut a 12 inch length of ribbon, tied a bow, and hot glued that over the seam. Add a paper tag to identify the contents, and you are DONE.








These were so simple to do, and I guarantee I'll do more as soon as we mail out this week's statements at the office.

Totally Cool Receipt: Zip. Unless you count the hole punch. Fine, be that way. $1.

15 comments:

theborrowedabode said...

That is a really fantastic re-use of boxes. They look absolutely precious, too. Now I'm going to have to hunt some boxes down! :)

Room to Inspire said...

These boxes turned out great! I really like the addition of the tags.

Chelsea

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you for the comments! I always enjoy a daily visit to your blogs too to see what cool things you've created.

~Issy said...

LOL...i'm afraid that i would have looked at you like the accountant did! But wow...those boxes turned out wonderfully!!

Life in Rehab said...

Issy,
Hey, he knows salespeople are a little odd...

And thank you!

Fern @ CraftBlog said...

These look fabulous!! Well done!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

Love it! I have a ton of these at my office and have always loved thier shape. Great way to make use of them.

Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Wow that is great and SO easy!

Leanne said...

These boxes turned out fantastic. The blue and green would go perfect in my craft room. Just in case you'd like to send some my way. HaHa! Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday. Hope to see you again next time.

Barbara said...

I love that stuff, but I just don't have time to do all that!

Paula said...

Great idea! I have a hard enough time throwing away (i.e. recycling) boxes as it is! With how great these turned out, I don't think I'll ever be able to throw away another box! :) Thanks for the fabulous idea!

Its A Blog Party said...

Love it! Great idea!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Awesome idea!I really like how they turned out...I'll be looking at boxes in a new way...

Krystle @ Always Another Project said...

Great idea! I'll have to keep an eye out for some boxes.

Vivienne said...

Great idea! Well done!