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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Craft Challenge: Cardboard Boxes into Crafty Drawers




Our Craft Challenge team is sharing their craft of the month which is cardboard themed. My first attempt was a recycled shoebox into a decorated storage box. Not as creative as I'd like, so I decided to add a couple more.

This one started with a little side table and a shipping box. I wanted to turn this into a storage unit for my birds. It would be great for their treats, food and toys. 




But my birds are messy so putting the unit on wheels for easy sweeping and cleaning was the first task. I chose the braking type wheels for safety reasons. The birds could perch on the table top for window watching. 




I drilled the holes to screw in the caster wheels into the corners of the bottom of the table.  Once that was finished, it was nice to spin the table while painting with them attached. 




I took an ordinary shipping box that fit into the shelving area of the table,




and removed the flaps; cutting them off with scissors. 


Then I tore up paper bags and decoupaged the pieces onto the face of the cardboard box to decorate as a textured covering. 





Setting aside to dry, I started on the second drawer for the table. I wanted a divided drawer, so I used soda can boxes. 


Simply cutting down the center of the top of the boxes and folding the cut parts over,


and taping onto the sides, created strength to the dividers. Then I taped three of the cut and taped boxes together with duct tape. 


I used another box and cut out a bottom for the 3 taped boxes for more strength. 



Using torn paper bags I decoupaged the entire divider drawer. 



I chose this leather belt to cut up for handles. 



After selecting and cutting the belt to the size I wanted, I attached the handles with super glue, thumb tacks pushed through the cardboard and bent over with pliers. 



Set them to dry thoroughly. 


Then placed them into the shelving areas. 




This is a lot neater than using baskets under the bird cages! 











Have you recycled cardboard? What have you made? Would love to see your ideas! 






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52 comments:

  1. I cannot believe those drawers were once soda pop boxes! They look great! You are so creative, I love coming back to see what you've come up with next! Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless
    Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Co-Host OMHGWW

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  2. What an awesome transformation! Thanks so much for linking up at Wordless Wednesday this week. It's great partying with you!

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  3. Thank you, Lysa! I'm glad you like them. Thank you for hosting and visiting!!!

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  4. Thank for the link up and the visit! ox

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  5. You are so very welcome for both! I love hosting, especially when I get to visit your blog to see the neat ideas you come up with! You are so clever and creative! xx Have a wonderful day!

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  6. All I can say is wow. This is amazing, it would be great for my scrapbook supplies. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  7. You did an amazing re-do on this, and so frugally!!!!! Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays :)

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  8. Wow! I'm amazed how creative you are. You really make good use of those belts. I just love your drawer!! Thank you for sharing!!! Love, love!!!

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  9. I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop sponsored by Katherine's Corner. Can't wait to see what you share with us next week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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  10. i love these!! thanks for linking up with us

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  11. You are so clever. These look so cool thanks for sharing @ #mum-bomonday

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  12. Thank you for hosting and visiting! Divided drawers are great organizers, especially for crafting.

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  13. Thank you, Lisa! Thanks for hosting too :)

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  14. Thank you for hosting and visiting, Nina! I'll stop back for sure!

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  15. Love your party, Jen! Thank you for hosting :)

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  16. Wow, that came out good! Love the handles! Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

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  17. Robin, these turned out so well! I don't know how you manage to make things look so amazing.

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  18. wow totally amazing! These cardboard drawers do not look like cardboard but like leather!

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  19. I love using leather belts. This was my first linked leather for a little design factor.
    Thank you for being a wonderful hostess and visiting! :)

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  20. It can be a torment sometimes, Stella. My head never stops. My dining room table is full of things to do next. Can we invent 48 hour days? :) Thank you dear heart!

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  21. That is torn brown paper bags or craft paper magic. It makes a great texture when you want it. Easy to do, but very messy! lol! If you want color, use construction paper. Not kidding, same effect but with the bold color you want. Loads of fun and so many options.

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  22. SO totally cool! Thanks so much for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week!

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  23. Thank you for the visit and the invite! I look forward to it. :)

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  24. I'll second your motion for 48 hour days!

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  25. This is an amazing recycle diy! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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  26. I've seen a few of these floating around the internet. I love your step by step process. I would've never thought about reusing a belt as a handle. I really like the effect. Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesday!

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  27. Wow, great upcycling. Lot of work but great finished product. Thanks for sharing on Oh, my heartsie.

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  28. Another amazing project Robin, I love this! I use cardboard boxes to make things for my son but they aren't anything like this. More like a cardboard box car or an airport terminal! Haha Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

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  29. What a great idea! I will be featuring this tomorrow on Tuesdays with a Twist, please stop by and take a keep. Have a great day.

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  30. Thank you so much for the lovely feature, Katie! I'm honored you like this craft! You're a very kind hostess!

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  31. I love using belts for so many of my re-purposing ideas. I'm glad you like it! Thank you so much, April!

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  32. Thank you, Thaleia! It's a little work and quite messy but the results are worth it. Recycling and function is interesting.

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  33. You know, I'm amazed at how much cardboard we end up with in our possession. Between shipping and grocery shopping, it really can pile up. Christmas time, especially has an abundance of it. My son's school classes recycle boxes by building their community/city buildings with streets and they create a wonderful display. I reuse boxes, but decorating them into new functions is a great way to recycle at home. I'm so glad you reuse too! Thank you, Kelly!

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  34. Wow! Thank you so much, Debra! I can't wait for tomorrow's post! I look forward to it!

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  35. Thank you so much for the party and the lovely feature, Katie!
    Hugs!

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  36. Totally amazing! Love the texture.

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  37. Wow!! This is so creative and so unique! You did a wonderful job upcycling items. Thank you for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party. Hope to see you again Sunday!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

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  38. What a unique project. Love how you reused the boxes and belt. Nice job!

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  39. Congrats! We have featured you on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Here's the link- http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2015/02/wake-up-wednesday-linky-party-55.html

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  40. Brown paper looks great decoupaged. I love the texture too; it's like leather. Thank you!!!

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  41. Thank you so much for the visit and invite! I look forward to it, Bethany! Hope you're having a great week~

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  42. Wow. This is more than creative. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

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  43. I'm glad you like the functional part of this fun craft. Thanks so much, Bethany! :)

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  44. You are so creative! I just love the belt you used for the drawer pulls.

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  45. That is so cute and ingenious!! The pulls are adorable! Susan @ Simply Stone Creek

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  46. What a great idea! Those look amazing! I'll think I'll try to make some of these...pinning now!

    Thanks for linking up with The Great Blog Train last month. I hope you'll join us again this moth!

    ~Lisa M

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  47. Thanks so much for the visit, Bonnie! :)

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  48. So glad you like it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  49. Thanks so much for the pin and your kind visit, Lisa! :)

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