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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Boxes of Christmas

I know you.
You're the thrifty sort.
It's okay, it's why we're friends.
 You've hit the after Christmas sales and giggled with glee at your 90% off scores.
Well me too, babies.
And after a cruise through Big Lots and Joanns Fabrics, I came home laden
with rock solid storage/gift boxes averaging under $1 apiece
Brilliant, no?
Well there IS the small matter of poinsettias, snowmen and Santas.
I want these for everyday use, just like the sturdy receptacles that run you $10 or better.
 What to do, what to do, what to do...?
 Oh, right, spray paint!
Those of you who have been here before know I favor Caribbean colors
to splash across my tropical home, so for these two boxes we 
played with Rustoleum's Raspberry and Key Lime colors in a gloss finish.
Give them three light coats, allowing them to dry in between,
for a smooth, even finish.
These will be perfect for my cloth napkins.
 While the paint dries, feel free to torture your Feline Overlord by playing
"The Pit and the Pendulum,"
 a well know favorite cat pastime.
Nab a little ribbon and your hot glue gun.
Starting from the center of the back of the lid, we're going to add a little contrasting trim
that will tie the colors together with our main hues throughout the house.


 Lap the ends over in the back.
 Tailored and simple, without a reindeer in sight.
And at around $2 per box, c'mon people, this was CHEAP.
Feel free to duplicate this quick storage project in taupe, ecru, or eggshell.
 I'm okay with neutrals...
 ...at YOUR house, of course.
 The idea here is to have a little fun and get yourselves organized for a song.
 Now, how do you tell what's in the box?
 If the cardboard is too thick for a hole punch, drill a quick hole.
Hang a tag and your contents are clean and easy to find.

This week is all about hiding your stuff in style.
Your style.
I'm well aware that I have the personal taste of a clown.
Tomorrow's project: storage for your collection of red rubber noses.
 Please do join us.

6 comments:

Danni Baird said...

I love it! And since I'm in the middle of a craft room makeover, I can really use this idea! Thank you!

lisbonlioness said...

Heck, I do need storage. And since that huge unit you have does not fit onto my front yard, I had better go and find some sturdy boxes :) It never occurred to me to simply spray paint "seasonal" boxes. I don't think bright colours would go down well with the mister, though >.< Love that little ribbon extra, I could substitute twine as it would go well with the sea grass boxes we have (hopelessly overstuffed...) Yay to xmas sales!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

These look amazing!!

Kim K. said...

Another brilliant and thrifty transformation!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. I have lots of those boxes but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. Thanks for the tip.

Shelinwa said...

Hey I was excited to see you in the blog feed this morning as I had not seen you in a long time on there so popped on and you have been a busy gal. WOW inpressive and inspiring!!! Perfect first blog to be on this morning with my coffee.