Monday, January 11, 2010

Crafting for My Youngest Daughters Room


I have been itching to finish up some details in My Youngest Daughter's Room, since posting the first pictures.  Why is that you look at a room and think everything looks nice until you see a picture of it.  That is what happened to me after I posted the first pictures.  I knew I still had a few things to do, but I had no idea how flat it would look once photographed. Well, I learned my lesson from now on I will be taking pictures first and then deciding if I like a room.  So the first phase is to finish up her shelves.  I was happy with the art and the few thing that we had on them, but knew we needed more storage boxes ( she is the kid who collects everything ).  So I looked around the house and found one pretty blue box with a handle that would look great as is.  But I needed more, this required a trip to the recently cleaned out storage room.  I hit the jackpot, I had forgotten about three nesting boxes that have already been used several different places but were currently in retirement.  I also found two sturdy shoe boxes.




After a quick gathering of scrapbook paper and Mod Podge I was ready to begin.




I started by cutting the paper to fit the height of the box sides.  Applied the Mod Podge and attached the paper.


Wrapping the paper around the corners to make sure it was all covered.

These are the nesting boxes, They started life as 4th of july decorations in red white and blue, I repainted them  light blue last year to use in the kitchen before the remodel.  Here is what they look like today.


The blue box that was perfect already and the shoe boxes turned out great also.


Now she has plenty of room for every card she has ever gotten, rocks, plastic dogs, bouncy balls, sea shells, fake flowers, ribbons and so on and so on.


After watching me, she wanted in on the action.  I cut out two C's out of cardboard and one out of scrapbook paper.



I stacked the two cardboard ones on top of one another and taped them together, so It would be thicker.


Next, I taped over the edges so you wouldn't see the cardboard.


Finally, she got her hands on it.


She painted the whole thing with pink craft paint.  Notice that holding your tongue just right helps get the job done.


After all the paint was dry she COVERED it with Mod Podge and place the paper C on top.  We added a flower from her collection and a ribbon and it was good to go.
She loves it and is very proud of herself.



Next up will be spray paint transformations.

Sit Relax and Read

58 comments:

Cat said...

These projects turned out so cute. I have lost of shoe boxes sitting around so I think I'll try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Della said...

Very clever! I love the "C's"...girly and fun!

mamacamba said...

Ths is sooo adorable !!!

Lori E said...

Fabulous project. Makes me wish I has a daughter or two. Boys are no fun.

Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

I have a sudden desire to cut and refinish cardboard boxes...

Great ideas!

The Girl Creative said...

Oh, I love the letter! Never would have thought to put tape on the ends. Thanks for linking up! :)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Those boxes are fabulous! And the pretty C is perfect.
...off to find shoe boxes to cover...

Kimberly :-)

julie said...

oh wow! those shoe boxes turned out beautiful! i have been holding on to some shoe boxes to do the same but of course last week i got rid of them! maybe i have a couple left hiding in my craft room! i have to copy! thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! i hope you visit again soon!

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

That is wonderful -- all with paper. I think you're pretty savvy too!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Little Sister is lucky to have such a crafty mom. Her room looks beautiful. I love that she's getting into the act too!

I'm still loving my PW cookbook!

Lori said...

How cute and what a great idea for show boxes.. Love the C as well.. Her face is too cute while applying the glue for the C...

Thanks for stopping by... Come back anytime.

I'm having a party every Thursday "Get your craft on" I would love for you to link up..

Oh I'm following you now!!

Robyn said...

Love the nesting boxes idea!! I will have to try that!

Michelle said...

Hi I love the crafts, nothing better than making something pretty out of nothing special! XoXo

Infarrantly Creative said...

I am storing that shoe box idea away. those look like the designer ones you'd buy for $20 each!

alittlefrenchloven said...

What great ideas! I love what you did with the boxes. I did a similiar thing with hat boxes for my daughter, except I used fabric. Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Michelle

Melissa said...

Those c's are great! I see some w's in my future!

Diann @ the thrifty Groove said...

What a great idea about using stacked cardboard for the letter! Very clever! Love the boxes. they turned out great!

Embellished Bayou said...

Those boxes are great, and your daughter did a wonderful job on her letter!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love your boxes and what great papers you used!! I have a ton of shoe boxes and such and have been wanting to get organized so badly- what a cute way to keep things organized!

Marianne@Songbird said...

So nice that you are fixing up your little sisters room. And those boxed turned out great, love your paper choice.

Heather said...

I just bought a box like this for $6 at Tuesday Morning to store all my coupons in. Glad to know how to make it next time, thanks!
-Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.blogspot.com

somedaycrafts said...

I seriously can't believe those are just shoe boxes! They are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! The paper you used is breathtaking! Please come make some nesting boxes for my home.

Cha Cha said...

You guys are the best, I was afraid you might laugh me out of bloggyland for my shoebox budget on this one. Thanks for the sweet word instead of laughter.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I really love the boxes, they turned out great! The colors of the paper you chose are so darling. Great idea with the letter too, recycling is wonderful for the budget and it looks so pretty!

Thank you for coming by to see my treasures. I absolutely love all my milk glass, it's my favorite thing to collect. Have a wonderful day!
~Michelle

Leah said...

Love the monogram project! And it's perfect for little hands! Glad to have you over at Toot Your Horn Tuesday!

Kimberly said...

Those shoe boxes are perfect! I only have like 2 million of them just collecting dust. Looks like I found a weekend project!!! Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

These turned out much prettier than I anticipated and your daughter is adorable. I love when the kids get involved. Yes- I know how pictures show up things you didn't notice!

Staci K. said...

What great ideas! I pick on my hubby because he can't do anything without sticking his tongue out. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Summer said...

I love every part of this project! So clever and so cute! Thanks for linking up!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

fan.tas.tic. I have tons of boxes, tons of paper. But I always have issues w/bubbles & Modpodge. Any secrets?
And the 'C's. How ingenious is that? Love it.

Cha Cha said...

Mod Podge Bubble hint, use a hair dryer and your fingers when it starts to bubble. When you start to see bubbles use your hair dryer on low heat and smooth with your fingers while you are blowing the dryer on it.

CAB said...

I can't believe I've been throwing out perfectly good and sturdy shoe boxes - yikes - where has his Mod Podge stuff been all my life?

Kelly said...

oh boy....I have some shoe boxes just screaming for this treatment. They are just beautiful!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Very cute!
The paper you used is beautiful.
~Amy

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh wow, those look spectacular! Really!

happy thrifty thursday!

scrappydee said...

I am sooo following you! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

LOVE this! I am going to gve link love and share on my blog tomorrow!Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday on Tales from Bloggeritaville, this week!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

The shoe boxes turned out so darling! Love that. And I never thought to add a flower to the letters before. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings!
-Sarah

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Very cute!!!

Darlene said...

Oh my goodness. I love these projects. The boxes look great! Someday.... I WILL craft! haha!

Diane @ InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Cha Cha- I love the covered boxes, they are so pretty and spring like. I especially like Little Sister's concentration. Too cute.

Mel said...

The boxes are way cool, the paper is lovely. Great idea to make the letter out of carboard.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

WOW - I loved how the boxes turned out. So cool what you can do with modge podge and paper. I am going to have to try this.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog - nice to meet such talented women!

~barbara

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

These are so great!! I want to go find some empty shoe boxes and copy you!! What a great idea that really transforms a room.

Carey said...

I love this idea so much. I have been looking for storage ideas for craft items. I have no closet space. I will be able to keep my things out but hidden and looking beautiful. Thanks for the great idea.
Carey from Chicor Nits

2sisters said...

They turned out darling! I am so impressed with your choices of paper. I have 2 shoe boxes I have been saving just for this type of project, thanks for the inspiration to get them done!
teri

Traci Michele said...

The framed hair is so cute!!!

And so were those boxes and letter!

Awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Traci

Mod Podge Amy said...

So cute Cha Cha! I love!

Lanie Ree said...

I love these! I just found you through Amy's tweet :) And now I'm following...

Tara Beaulieu said...

Wow- that's awesome, and I LOVE Mod Podge! I have to do something for storage in my work room, now you've given me some great ideas, thanks for the inspiration!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Love both projects. I MUST start saving my shoeboxes! Thanks for linking up to "Shop The House Sunday" at Finesse Your Nest!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I love both ideas. I REALLY love the use of doubled cardboard for the letter! Great thrifty idea!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Cha Cha...

It really IS in all the little details...isn't it! To think that you created those beautiful storage boxes with just a regular old box...a little paint...and some pretty scrapbook paper!!! They look absolutely fabulous on the shelves! I think it's just what your pretty shelves needed! Love it!!! I loved the photos of your little one crafting...just too cute! She did a great job on her "C" initial!!! Hmmm...I'm thinking that daughter like mama...has some great creative talent!!!

You know, I can't tell you how many times that I have worked on a project or room and thought it was finished...until I took the photos! Isn't it funny how differently things can look in a photo! I guess it's because it "hones" in on an area! So true, my friend!!! This was a great post, Cha Cha...great ideas and very inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorties! Hmmm..now I want to go dig through all my old boxes and scrapbooking paper to see what I can come up with!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Treasia Stepp said...

I love what you've added to her room. Everything is so pretty. I am very happy you've reposted this because I would love to make some letters and have never thought of using cardboard for it. If you don't mind me stealing the idea I am going to make a few.

silk purse said...

WOW!~I'M BLOWN AWY WITH DELIGHT!..,

I have a collection of several boxes and want to make more for my studio and closet!

This is my first week in a partaking with Cheri's, Sunday Favorites meme and I'm having a ball!

Please accept my warm invitation to also visit to blog, where I've featured my art, (and a wee tour of my B. and B. via a link; yet predominently my art), as my theme for this week.., Enjoy!

Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Veronica said...

I was going to do this with my shoe boxes but wasn't sure if it would work or not. Now I know it will, thanks for the tutorial.

Sarah said...

These turned out perfect!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Life in Rehab said...

Okay, I hopped over here from CSI, and after reading this project, I started hopping around your blog and forgot to comment! I love making my own storage boxes, so this immediately grabbed my attention. Very nicely done, and a great, clear tutorial.

Now, what else have you been up to...

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