This past weekend I was out and about running errands on my own. And I'm sure most of you mom's know.......I sort of felt like I was on a mini-vacation. Anyway, I stopped off at one of my favorite local thrift stores and, come to find out, the entire store was 50% off. 50% off at a thrift store? Yes, I couldn't believe it either. I picked up a bunch of things that I just couldn't go home without and this little metal box for 50 cents was one of them.
Here is what the box looked like when I brought it home:
Not very exciting, but it was just begging to be given new life. So I decided to get out my craft supplies and turn it into something a little more eye-catching. This is an easy, inexpensive craft project that can be done with mostly items you have around the house. Granted, if you don't craft a lot you may have to buy some essentials (like spray adhesive), but you'll be able to use this things for projects in the future.
Fabric Covered Box Tutorial
by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama
Box ~ any size (mine was able to fit large notecards inside)
Fabric (a fat quarter should be more than enough)
I grabbed a can of spray paint that I happened to have around for this project. You want to make sure you spray the inside of the box really well since that will not be covered. Let the inside dry and then flip the box over and spray the bottom. The rest of the box will be covered by fabric and trim so no need to worry about it's appearance.
Cut the piece of fabric for the top of the box about 1/2" larger than the box top. Then cut small slits on the diagonal in each of the corners which will enable you to wrap the fabric around the box (like you are wrapping a gift) after you use your spray adhesive. You are just wrapping the fabric down over about a 1/2" over the edge so that you don't see any raw edges. The raw edge will eventually be concealed by your ribbon trim.
Measure and cut out the strip of fabric to go around the box. You want the fabric to go all the way around the box and overlap by about an inch. Cut the fabric wider than necessary so you can press under the top and bottom with your iron. Press the fabric so that it is just the right size to fit your box. Also press under the one side that will overlap in the back of the box so it looks neat and tidy.
The next part is easy. Take your box and fabric outside and spray liberally with spray adhesive. Place fabric on the box and smooth out any bumps. For the top, press the over-hang pieces down a tiny bit over the sides, but remember this will be covered by trim so it doesn't have to be perfect. Spray adhesive around the main part of the box and wrap your fabric strip around the box, overlapping the strip in the back.
Next, get out your glue gun and glue any trims that you have onto your box. You can use anything you would like to embellish this box. I simply used trims that were already in my stash to make this an even more budget friendly project. I used one piece of ribbon around the top and then I layered some rickrack and ribbon around the bottom. This is your chance to get creative!
You can use this box for just about anything. I think it would be fun to make some of these for different holidays too. How about one for Christmas? It could also be an adorable recipe card box, a place to store crafting or sewing supplies, or even a pretty container for flowers........
I simply placed two of my really small ball jars (minus the lids) inside the box and filled them with water to hold the flowers. These flowers were already growing in our yard and I love being able to use things that we already have.
So that's it! A super-simple craft project taking an ordinary thrift-store metal box and making it into something beautiful, special and one-of-a-kind!Pin It