Texas State Art from Scraps and Cardboard

I just love turning the 50 states into artwork!  This fun piece of art from Kristi at I Should Be Mopping the Floor not only features the state of Texas, it was made using several things that could have been tossed in the trash.  This is some pretty fine recycling!

state art template

Kristi started this art project with a piece of scrap wood left in the garage after some home improvement.  She turned it into a canvas by painting it with some pale aqua paint.  Next, Kristi rescued a cardboard box to turn her iPhone into an overhead projector so that she could project the state of Texas onto her aqua canvas–that’s how she made it look so good!  Once outlined, she filled in the state with red paint, then aged the whole piece with lots of sanding and stain.  It looks awesome!


Check out the tutorial for this DIY state art at I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

Cardboard Box Storage Makeover

At Redo It Yourself Inspirations, Robin came up with a way to turn cardboard boxes into a useful and beautiful storage option.  Looking for something to act as “drawers” in a small shelf she was redoing, Robin was struck by the fact that a few of the cardboard boxes she had lying around were the perfect size.


Who wants to display ratty old boxes on their freshly painted shelves, though?  Not Robin!  She cut off the flaps of the boxes, and hid their homely status by decoupaging them with torn paper bags.  Once dried, this gave them a look very similar to aged leather.  To continue the transformation, Robin cut up an old leather belt and used it to make pretty handles for her new “drawers”.  What a cheap and easy way to turn cardboard boxes into useful storage!


Click over to Redo It Yourself Inspirations to find out more about this project.

Pretty DIY Baskets

Pam blogs at diy Design Fanatic, where she claims that necessity is the mother of invention.  “I looked for at least 2 months for a basket for our daughter’s room. I looked at Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Ikea, TJ Maxx, Target, but didn’t have any luck. None of the baskets were the right size.”  One day, walking out of Trader Joe’s, she spotted an empty box that was the perfect size, and was desperate enough to bring it home!

diy Design Fanatic box before

Pam was convinced that she could turn this empty cardboard box into something just as cute as the decorative baskets she’d been eyeing at all those other places.  The solution was pretty simple:  she used hot glue to attach jute to the cardboard as she wrapped it around the box, effectively covering up the cardboard.  She made a simple dropcloth canvas insert to cover the inside.  The result?  You would never guess this used to be a cardboard box!  Awesome makeover, right?

diy Design Fanatic box after

Gett all the details on this project at diy Design Fanatic.

Boxes Upcycled to Drawer Organizers

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Here’s a project that’s green in more than one way.  Lauren blogs at The Thinking Closet, and decided it was time to reorganize her craft drawers.  Her budget was tight, so she had to use what she had to optimize her storage and organization.

Thinking Closet drawer dividers before

What Lauren had was a collection of cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes.  She cut the boxes down to the appropriate sizes for her drawers, then covered them with pretty, inexpensive contact paper in a green floral pattern.  The boxes made great dividers and storage boxes for all kinds of craft supplies, and they are fun to look at, too.

Thinking Closet drawer dividers after collage

You can find out more about this project at The Thinking Closet.

Birchbox Boxes Repurposed

At Eat.Sleep.Make., Shannon shares a great little upcycling project.  She and her husband get monthly samples from Birchbox, and they arrive in these great little boxes.  Something as cute as that couldn’t just get tossed, so Shannon’s been saving them until inspiration struck.

Eat Sleep Make birchbox before

And strike it did.  The boxes that arrive with samples for her husband were stacked up in Shannon’s studio, waiting,when Shannon realized that they make great little stackable drawers.  “I don’t know about you,” Shannon confides, “but my husband tends to leave tiny things laying all over the house.. change, receipts, ticket stubs, pocket knives, ear buds.. WHATEVER.  So I thought giving him a tiny chest of drawers like this to use will help him keep organized and help me keep my sanity!”  She gave the drawer fronts a coat of chalkboard paint for easy labeling, and stacked them on her husband’s bedside shelf.  Genius!

Eat Sleep make birchbox after

You can get more information about this project at Eat. Sleep. Make.

Fabric Wrapped Boxes

If you are quick to send your cardboard boxes packing, Emily from Namely Original shows just how much potential lies in those plain brown boxes. They may not be much to look at now…

cardboard box

but wrapped up in a bit of fabric, their beauty surpasses their functionality! Emily has perfected the technique for wrapping the boxes on both the inside and outside for a seamless finish. The added embellishments make for a simply beautiful box!

fabric wrapped boxes

Emily walks you through it step-by-step at Namely Original.

Upcycled Packing Box

At Project Lovegood, Aubrey’s husband recently purchased a new computer.  The various parts of the computer came in all kinds of sturdy boxes with compartments.  Aubrey knew just how she could upcycle them.

Covering the boring pictures of computer components with colorful maps, Aubrey transformed the boxes into craft room organizers!  Those compartments are just the right size for storing craft supplies.  I think this would be a great way to store Christmas ornaments, too–just switch the maps for festive wrapping paper.

Check out Aubrey’s tutorial so you can upcycle some packing boxes of your own at Project Lovegood.

Starbucks Frappuccino Craft Caddy

Jess, also known as Daydream Mom, bought a four pack of Starbuck’s Frappuccinos one day and thought “Hey, this caddy could be used for something!”  She upcycled the glass bottles and cardboard carrying case into a handy craft caddy.

Now Jess has the perfect place to store craft supplies in a container that’s easy to carry around the house to any spot where she wants to work.  I love the fun colors that she used to dress up the bottles and box.  You’ll be impressed when you find out what she used to cover the cardboard.

Hop over to Daydream Mom to see the tutorial for making this cute caddy.