Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Think outside the Wooden Box

If you are a regular around here,
you know I love a good wooden box.
I have made many,
but today's project is different.
Literally thinking outside the wooden box.
Here were my requirements for this project.

I needed a box that:
would fit on a particular shelf
was light enough for the little children to move
yet, strong enough to keep up especially with Mr. Tornado,
and would look somewhat decent on the shelf in our sunroom.

Ok, got all of that?
Reason why I couldn't just build a storage box out of pallets
(whom I deeply love)
So here is what I used this time around:

Rice box (free-recycled) 
This box stores 25lb of rice. Yes, it's a really strong and well made cardboard cube.
Homemade mod podge. (HERE) 
(.50c to make it...this was still the same one I made here, over a year ago, and used for several projects)
Foam brush ($tree sells a pack of 9 for $1...and they are reusable)
paper that looks like wood (I got it online $12 for a 48"x12')...I used about 1 linear foot.
Total cost for this project: $1.50 (at the most)

I started by spreading some homemade mod podge on the side of the box. 
I did one side at the time.

I then folded the "extra" at the bottom
and then the extra at the top, folding inside.
Then I spread more mod podge on the finished project,
to seal the entire thing, and make the paper more resistant.

I gave a total of 2 coats.

And that's all folks.

Stay Frugal,


Mindi Carwin said...

Sooo Clever! It looks awesome and fits all your requirements! I love the paper you used!

Kelly said...

Pretty neat! I never would've guessed that it wasn't real wood! That's a nice way to have a box without getting splinters too.

Debbiedoos said...

You are so clever Danielle! I would never have thought of this. Thanks for sharing.

Junkchiccottage said...

Pretty Clever Dani. It looks just like wood. Love this project you did. Happy 4th.

Julee Gray said...

I really liked this, thanks for sharing x

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Another genius solution and great looking on your shelf! Will serve all of you very well.
Wishing you a very Happy 4th of July.

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Looks GREAT!

Revi said...

Clever faux! I thought it was more of your wood. :) I'm going to try the strawberry thing, too.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

LOVE this! Repurposed and recycled! And looks like a million bucks:) The paper reminds me of that beadboard wallpaper that's so popular now. I think I'd like to try them both.
xo Kathleen

fraidy cat said...

OH! I want to do this! Thanks for the great idea!