Some boxes are just too nice to toss onto the recycle bin once you’ve emptied them.
Like these boxes that contained blank notecards. Oftentimes I even frame the pretty cards; but this post is about the empty boxes.
They both have ‘hidden magnetic clasps’, so they open and re-close very easily.
On this one I’ll need to cover the inside of the lid also, but the other one is ‘neutral enough’ that I could leave it ‘as is’ if I wanted to.
Here is how I cut one 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper to cover the floral box.
First I glued the strips on the sides. (used tacky glue)
Overlapping a bit on the front and back.
Then the big piece of paper I glued, starting at the front flap, covering the lid, the back spine and as far onto the bottom of the box and back up the lower front of the box.
I opted to leave the inside of this one ‘as is’ since it was so neutral.
A couple of little embellishments to the lid and it’s done.
On the shell box I used left over bits and pieces of scrap paper. Old dictionary page on the bottom.
A combination of papers and a picture on the lid. (I left the sides ‘as is’ on this box; since they were neutral)
Some sheet music paper inside the lid, and more dictionary page on the bottom.
And I ALWAYS add a little bit of paper shred inside my boxes. For these I used some hand folded and hand cut vintage sheet music. It’s just a little ‘extra touch’ that I like to do.
Found a little ‘love’ sticker in my stash that suited this box.
Done! The smaller one in the center came from Dollar Tree, and I embellished it similarly to how I did the two card boxes. It was all green except for the top, which had some kind of design on it that I can’t even recall right now! I just covered the top and bottom of it, and added the embellishments.
Next time you get ready to toss an empty box into the recycle bin; pause for a moment to consider if it might be prettied up and re-used first.