How To Make Crafty Storage Containers
Even if you live in a lavish five-room mansion, you’re bound to run out of storage space at some point. And though the limits of habitable space indoors are hard (or downright impossible) to stretch, there are countless clever ways to organize your belongings and reduce the total spatial footprint claimed by various everyday tidbits. First off, spring clean existing storage units and throw away anything you don’t need, and then make your own storage containers following these simple tips.
Toy storage from scrap
If you have a toddler at home, you’re probably going crazy over the sheer amount of toys your little angel owns. Stay on top of chaos by converting an old wicker basket or wooden crate into a handy toybox. Clean the container (if you’re using a crate, sand it to eliminate splinters), and touch up the exterior with spray paint. Next, grab some cheap fabric and tape measure and cut out pieces for the lining based on the container’s size. You can attach the lining to the unit with a hot glue gun, or you can apply a thin line of waterproof glue along the corners and edges to keep the fabric in place.
Shoebox on a shelf
If you love shoe shopping, your probably have a few shoeboxes lying around your quarters. Use decorative paper, soft fabric, sponge or cotton padding, and glue to turn empty shoeboxes into handsome shelf storage units for the pantry or kitchen. Glue decorative paper or fabric onto the box exterior and fill it tidbits you do not use every day. Or, if you need a snug spot to store sensitive items such as wine glasses and china sets, outfit the inside of the shoebox with sponge, cotton padding or similar soft filling before you add the fabric lining. Family heirloom, antique vases, and porcelain sets you seldom get to use will now always be safe from damage.
A good storage fit
Use old boxes to make storage containers that fit your needs. Grab a sturdy cardboard box, scissors, textile, and super-strong glue and turn scrap into storage. First, break the box down, trim its sides to make 5 equal squares based on the dimensions of the future container, and apply glue the newly cut edges of one of the five squares to make the container bottom. Next, cut a piece of fabric into 5-8 inch strips which you will place atop the glued edges, half of the strip sticking out to make a flap. Let the glue dry well before you attach the box sides to the bottom by applying a coat of glue to the rest of the fabric flap and securing it to the lower edges of the remaining four squares. Once the glue dries, bring the four sides up, glue them together using fabric flaps, and cover the box with colorful textile or decorative paper.
A charming house holder
You can make a charming house-shaped holder for your stationery using self-adhesive cork, exacto knife, white foamcore, and a hot glue gun. Based on the holder’s dimensions, draw a blueprint of a tiny house on scrap paper and use it to mark the cutting lines on the cork panel. Cut out the front, back, bottom, and 2 side walls of the future house using an exacto knife, hot-glue them together, and attach foamcore to the bottom. Next, cut out 2 same-sized roof panels from foamcore and glue them together to get a 90-degree angle. Now, measure the triangles between the roof ridge and front and back wall, cut them out from foamcore, and glue them to seal the gap. For final touches, you can add foamcore to the inside of the walls and roof to keep your pens, erasers, pins, and other small stationery staples snug and safe.
Making your own storage containers is fun, easy, and it saves you money. Whoever said organizing was boring and time-consuming?
Author bio: Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.