Have you ever had something in your house that you love, but due to its age, it doesn’t look as good as it used to? Or maybe it’s not something that doesn’t look usable anymore but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it.
At our wedding eleven years ago, we lined the sidewalk of our reception hall with lanterns hanging from shepherd’s hooks.
I have about four of these sitting in my garage right now.
It’s faded. There’s candle wax melted in the bottom of it. It doesn’t look so hot. But you all know about my love of spray paint.
I covered the glass with painter’s tape and got to work. I put two coats on my cute little lanterns.
I let them dry for about 24 hours. The finished project looks pretty great. Next week, I will show you how they turned out, and where I am using them.
We seem to always have a lot of cardboard around here. When our kids were younger we had diaper boxes. Now we have boxes from Amazon purchases and Christmas gifts. And with two daughters and a shoe fetish of my own, we have tons of shoe boxes. Whether it is a big box or a shoe box, there are so many creative and useful ways to reuse a shoebox.
1. Stylish storage container from a shoebox
Take a shoebox and paint it or wrap it in pretty paper. Add a name plate and you have a cute and useful storage box. It’ll look great on your desk.
2. Diaper box closet storage bin
These super cute matching bins were made from diaper boxes, spray adhesive and fabric. They’re sturdy and roomy, and best of all, FREE! Don’t they look cute?
3. Make a hamper from a y’all box
This one is just like the diaper box bins. With just fabric, spray adhesive, some ribbon to hide the seams and a cute label, you can have a cute new hamper. This is not for wet clothes, though. Only for dry items.
4. Cute notebooks or scrapbooks from cardboard
I have made these many times to sell but also to give as gifts. Just take cardboard and cut it to your desired size. Use pretty patterned paper to cover it and spray adhesive to make it stick. Then, secure the paper to the cardboard. Create pages from card stock and a hole punch. Then, attach the cover and secure the binding posts through the covers and the pages. These make great journals, notebooks, photo albums or scrapbooks.
5. As a weed mat for yourgarden.
Raise your hand if you hate pulling weeds. I know I do! Save yourself some time by lining your flowerbed or raised bed with flattened cardboard. It’s biodegradable and it will not hurt your plants.
I hope you have enjoyed these ideas! What do you do with your cardboard?
Pool noodles are ridiculously cheap, and you can find them almost anywhere. And while most of us use them to float in a pool, there are many other ways you can use them as well. In today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some creative ideas for repurposing pool noodles.
You can use them to make a cheap wreath form for a lot cheaper than a foam wreath form.
With two little girls who like shoes as much as I do, I don’t see it getting any better. My husband isn’t impressed by the shoe buying, nor is he impressed by my shoebox-hoarding. I just knew I could do something cool with them.
I’ve wanted to reorganize my train wreck of a craft cabinet for awhile now, so I thought these would make cute storage boxes for my supplies. I raided my craft cabinet and found chalk paint, antiqued book plates and some paint brushes. I pealed all the stickers and tags off the boxes and wiped them with a dry microfiber cloth.
I gave the box lids two coats of green chalk paint. Keep in mind anything chalk painted usually has an ugly phase. Don’t let it deter you. Just wait 12 hours and apply a second coat. The picture above is after the first coat- see how streaky and thin the paint looks?
And that massive green blob at the bottom is where my unattended (only for a minute, I promise) grabbed my paint brush and paint I’d left out and got to work. A word of caution: put paints and brushes out of the toddler’s reach when you’re not using them. I’m lucky that’s ALL she painted.
I then applied two coats of paint to the bottom of the boxes and allowed them to dry.
I then attached these antiqued bookplates to the box fronts. I already had these in my stash, but you can find them at Hobby Lobby. Side note: if you are having trouble poking holes in the shoe boxes to attach the brads, I’ve found using a grill skewer works well to poke through the cardboard layers.
When I finished, I had three sets of cute little storage boxes.
And with these, I loved the bottom of the boxes and opted not to paint them. I love how they turned out! They’re pretty enough to display on a desk or bookshelf.
Next time you buy shoes, don’t toss the box. Get yourself some chalk paint and book plates, and make some cute little storage boxes.