What I love about this is that it is practically free. My only cost was the contact paper, $2.50 for a roll, I used to cover it. One roll of contact paper covered three large shoeboxes.
These boxes could be used to store so many things. Pictures, craft supplies, office supplies, chargers. You could even fold the chargers so that they fit into the tubes to keep them separate. Cover the tubes to make them pretty.
I bet you can guess Whatcha Need
- Shoe box of any size
- Contact paper
- Toilet paper tubes
Roll out some of the contact paper and place box on top. I took full advantage of those lines on the back of the contact paper! As you can see in the picture above, I left a couple of inches for overlap.
I didn’t want to cover the bottom, so I only left overlap for the top and sides. Don’t worry about the sides having overlap. We will cover them.
Some places on the back of the contact paper didn’t have lines going all the way across. I used a ruler and pencil to draw the lines. Cut on the line. In this picture, I’m using my 18 inch ruler and cutting blade. Made my life easier.
To make your life easier, just use the first piece you cut out as a pattern for the second piece.
Pull off just a couple of inches of backing and lay the contact paper on the box side, making sure it is straight as possible. I did end up overlapping just a bit on the bottom. Good thing I had extra for the top!
Continue pulling off the backing as you press the contact paper onto the box. I highly suggest you work from the middle out to the sides. If you get an air bubble, simply pull the paper up get the bubble out and press down again.
Fold the side overlap over the end of the box, then the top overlap down into the box. I hope that makes sense because I don’t have a picture. It will also help to cut the bottom corner like you did the top. Helps the contact paper to lay flat.
Repeat for the other side.
For the ends of the box, I measured and cut the contact paper the same width as the box with a couple of inches of overlap for the top.
Fill with whatever! I use it for colored pencils, markers, scissors, paint brushes, pens and pencils. I even separated the colored pencils and markers by color. I still have lots of tubes for other items. It is much fuller since I took this picture!
This box makes it easy to move the markers and other things anywhere in the house. No more digging through drawers or pencil boxes to find just what I need.
If you want you could just paint the box. I just like the pretty contact paper.
I have cover several boxes for different uses. One holds paint, another holds glue and glitter, and another holds miscellaneous crafting stuff. Having them all covered in one theme helps the room look more organized. Now, I need to add labels. I have an idea for that, too!
Let me know what you think!