Getting Crafty: Contact Paper Wrapped Boxes

20 Feb

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So, do you remember last week when i told you all about my need to get organized and how i wanted to start by wrapping boxes in contact paper to use for storage? Well, i did it! i overcame my inertia around my craft projects and got to work…and once i started i couldn’t stop! I wrapped like 3 boxes in one sitting, not kidding. My back was even in pain from sitting on the floor and hunching over for a couple of hours. Speaking of which, yes it took my a couple of hours to do it, and mostly because i was learning as i went along with the first box. I couldn’t find any tutorials online that showed how to wrap boxes with contact paper, so i used some math, ingenuity and creativity to get it done. In the spirit of using what i already had, i used a box that i brought home from work, contact paper that i bought at Target a while ago for another project i planned but never did, and all the tools i already had on hand. I’m pretty happy with the results!

So if you are going to take on this project here is what you’ll need:

  • Contact paper (can be found easily in many different places, such as dollar stores, hardware stores, and even target)
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutter (i didn’t have one on hand so i just used my scissors, but the box cutter would’ve made it easier)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

If your box has flaps on two ends, use your box cutter (or scissors) to cut them off from one of the ends.

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Roll out your contact paper on a smooth, clean surface. I used my floor since my dining table is too small and the round shape would make it awkward to work on. Place the box on its side on top of the contact paper and trace. Notice that you can see the bottom of my box in the picture below. Once i traced the side of the box, i placed it right side up and traced the bottom, then i placed it on its other side and traced that as well.You’re basically rolling the box over the contact paper to trace its length from one end to the next. I used the ruler to make sure the lines i was tracing were straight, since the box itself has ridges and my lines wouldn’t come out straight.

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Here is a picture of my contact paper with all the lines traced on.

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I left about two inches of paper all around my traced marks to tuck into the box at the opening, and to secure to the sides of the box. Also, as you can see in the picture below, i notched the corners off two inches down as the paper would be too wide to tuck into the box if i didn’t. Peel the back of the contact paper down a few inches and secure the aforementioned two inches of paper to the inside of the opening, as shown in the picture below.

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Contact paper is tricky to work with since it is very sticky, so its important to peel the backing bits at a time, and smooth the paper down as go. Once you are done securing the paper to the side of the box, flip it over and do the same to the bottom, and then to the other side. Below is what it should look like when you are done with this stage of the process.

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Next you’ll want to measure and cut two pieces of contact paper to cover the two remaining exposed sides of the box, and remember to account for an additional two inches that you will tuck into the box.

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The last thing i did is optional, but i wanted the bottom of the box to be sturdier. I took two of the initial flaps that i cut off from the box, i taped them together, i measured the bottom of the box to make sure they would fit in side nicely, and then i covered them in contact paper as well.

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This step gave me the sturdiness i wanted, but also gave the box a finished look and a pretty surprise when you look inside.

So what do you think of my first foray into box wrapping? will you be taking this project on? if you do, i’d love to see some pictures!

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2 Responses to “Getting Crafty: Contact Paper Wrapped Boxes”

  1. Hope Amber February 21, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Good job! They look great!

    • Coral's Inspirations February 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks Hopie! I’m really happy witht he results! what a convenient and inexpensive way to create storage, and its great cause you have make the boxes whatever specific size you need by just cutting them down or getting ones the size that you need right fromt he beginning and then they’ll go perfectly with your decore too!

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