Something I love just as much as repurposing is upcycling- taking something old or disposable and making it new and beautiful. Now these cardboard boxes I had are pretty nice, and far from being considered trash, but the one problem I had with them is the color. There are very few instances where I prefer the color pink, and this isn’t one of them.
I love the simple design of the boxes and the quality is higher than most, but they just weren’t me. So how do I make something more me? I paint it gold, baby.
I spray painted the boxes with my favorite gold spray paint leaving the lids aside for later.
Next I placed a box lid on top of my fabric and marked in pencil a larger rectangle around it. I drew the lines at a distance of about ¾” longer than the height of the sides of the lids. These are the fabric flaps that are going to wrap over the sides of the lid.
The above photo isn’t the most perfect angle to show this, but the red lines show where I made my pencil markings. It’s better to refer to the left side of the photo since the lid is covering the right side of the fabric more. An important thing to note is that I measured about a half inch of excess fabric on the longer sides of the fabric so that they can wrap around the corners (I’ll show you that in a bit). The reason I did this is to ensure that the corners are completely covered without any exposure to the pink underneath it.
Below is my fabric piece with red markings again to show where I cut. You’ll notice that the horizontal red lines on the left and right sides go in further to create little slits at the corners.
I applied Mod Podge on the inner edges of the long sides of the lids and tightly wrapped the fabric flaps over. I did the same thing on the short sides of the lids but did one extra step first. Remember the excess fabric I measured out with the slit in the corners? I applied Mod Podge under them and folded them over the lid corners as shown by the red arrows below.
After those were secure, I tightly wrapped and Mod Podged the remaining fabric flap over. I repeated it on the other side and then repeated all steps with the second lid. After letting the Mod Podge dry, I reunited the lids with their boxes.
Fabulous. I’m in love with the fabric I picked too. I think what made this project easier is that my fabric didn’t have any straight lines or patterns. The random, confetti-like placements of the white dots allowed me the luxury of not having to care about how I laid out the fabric.
And lastly… How could I not mention the potential of this being a great gift idea?
Empty boxes never looked so good to me! Wrap around some ribbon and tie it into a bow and you’ve got yourself an insta-gift with whatever you want (or don’t want) to put inside of the boxes. I’m SO giddy about the way the green ribbon looks with these boxes.
Did you know green is my favorite color? You might be thinking, “Wait, I thought it was gold,” which I’m very grateful that you’ve been paying attention, but to me gold is in a category of its own. It’s a lifestyle. So if for some reason we are caught in a life or death situation that requires you to know what my favorite color is, it’s green :).
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