I had a little box of tangerines. It was on sale, and, well, I love my fruit. Here I was sitting eating a little orange and thought, “well, that’s a waste.” That would not do, so I thought up a DIY to upcycle/reuse le box petite into a small shelf. Now, it made a cute little shelving unit, but it does not hold a lot of weight. I plan on making a few more of these in different colors as I get the boxes to make an artsy wall decoration.
Things you need:
Wooden box from fruit
Paper – something pretty
Rag or paintbrush
(The before shot. I picked some pretty wrapping paper from x-mas)
Optional Steps: Staining.
If you have a stain you could use that; if not, let’s make some easy stain.
- Get a good size container that can hold hot liquid. I used an old jar.
- Take about a cup of boiling water and steep some tea bags. I used four.
- Add a couple of drops of food coloring. I chose pink.
- Add some vinegar, say 1/3 a cup.
- I stained it 2 times. It dries super quick so do as many as you like.
There are other natural stains you can make but they’ll probably take longer. You could also lacquer it, but I choose not to do that (I might not have had any). Here is a before/after shot so you can see how it looks.
(Dig that mellow pink, man.)
How do I do the rest? :
- Take your [stained] box and cut your paper to size.
- Take an old cup (maybe even the cleaned one from above) and add 1 part glue and one part water.
- Decoupage that paper right onto the back using your rag or brush. That’s right! You knew that was coming.
- Hang it like a boss. (This may be the MOST important step)
That’s it! I used two long nails to hang it. It was easy enough. Now for more upcycling ideas from people like me feel free to join this facebook group: Bowerbirds Journal
I’ll update this post after I have a few hanging so you can see how it goes.
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, my neighbor said to me, “I have some extra Christmas cards I’m going to throw away”. To which I replied, “I will take them”. Then this neighbor bestowed upon me hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cards.
The moral of this story is that I now have a DIY craft project. How do you reuse those holiday gift cards? Bookmarks!
What Do You Need:
1. Packing Tape
2. Hole punch
3. Ribbon or pretty string
Ruler is optional, but recommended.
How to do it:
1. Cut or fold your paper skinnier than your packing tape.
2. Cover both sides with the packing tape.
3. Punch a hole a decent distance from the top.
4. Make a pretty string (but not super thick).