A home made storage boxes

I have been tidying up my work room yesterday and you can always use more storage so today Monkey Boy and I created this folder holder:

Bland Little Owl -  home made Folder Holder

We did this a few times in the last few months, its an easy way to keep him engaged in some crafting and it’s very easy to prepare (it took me about 10 minutes to cover the box with the paper the night before…).

What you will need:

1. Any cardboard box will do. You can use a cereal box or the nappy boxes. You can use smaller boxes for trinkets too!

2. Paper – newspaper, plain white, brown paper, magazine paper….

3. PVA glue mixed with water (its not a total scientific thing for me, just make sure its more watery than gluey) and a brush.

4. Paints, stickers, markers, stamps and anything else you can think of.

What to do:

Get your PVA/water mix and the paper. I used big sheets of paper so I smeared glue mix on the box first and tried to glue to paper as smoothly as possible while smearing it with more glue mix. Make sure you soak your paper, think Papier-mâché. If your paper is in small pieces just dunk it in the glue and stick it on the box!

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Don’t forget the bottom of the box, you can leave it to dry upside down on a plastic table cloth or your kitchen counter and it should be fine.

Leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Bland Little Owl - home made folder holder

No, the paper hasn’t magically changed colour, these are some boxes we have decorated already 🙂

So now the fun part! Decorating!

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And that’s it! I use the smaller boxes to store his creations in, the bigger one we made today will store my work folders in Smile

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I’ve also seen people add string on the top of these boxes to carry them easily.

Have fun and let me know if you made these!