Mini Makes: Decorated Boxes

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Crafting can be expensive; it can also be time consuming. I’m hoping to begin sharing some mini makes with you, projects that can easily be completed in an evening, and won’t break the bank!

First up are some super cute storage boxes. If like me, you have had subscription boxes from Lucky Dip Club, Birchbox, Papergang, etc., you’ve probably got a nice little stash of cardboard boxes just waiting to be turned into something beautiful. For my box, I used a little cardboard one from my Hello Sunshine surprise box, some of the lovely Mollie Makes papers, and my new label maker (the label maker is optional, I just wanted to try mine out!).

This is a super easy project that requires minimal crafting skill, but gives your something both pretty and practical! This make was completed in about ten minutes as I sat and watched Mad Men. It’s also a good project for kids, who can easily do this themselves with minimal adult intervention.

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You will need:

  • Cardboard mailing box
  • Patterned paper
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat
  • Ruler

Optional:

  • Sticky labels
  • Washi tape

Instructions

  1. Begin by removing any labels/stamps from your box. You don’t need to remove every trace; but if the label can easily come off, it’s best to remove.
  2. Measure the size of your box. On the reverse side of your patterned paper, draw the relevant shape.
  3. Apply double-sided tape to the reverse side of the paper, and stick to the top of the box.
  4. If using a label, make and attach to the box. Add any additional decorations such as Washi tape, stickers, etc.

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Top tips:

  • This make is great for using up little scraps of paper. I used one of the patterned papers from an old issue of Mollie Makes, but you could experiment with all different types of paper.
  • If you are stacking your boxes, keep your decorations nice and flat; stickers and Washi tape are perfect.
  • If your paper is particularly see through, it may be worth sticking a piece of white paper to the box first, so that any writing doesn’t show through.

This make is so simple and so versatile. You could easily use these boxes for so many things. I’ve used mine to store little paint chips, but you could also use them to store stickers/stationery/cards. It’s also environmentally friendly, as you can use recycled materials. You could recycle some wrapping paper and use it to decorate a box to store cards from a birthday, wedding, or anniversary! Or, use it to make simple gift boxes for birthdays and Christmas.

If you give this a go, please share your pictures on Instagram and tag me @emmakesandbakes

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