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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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Getting Crafty

13 Feb

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I love to read about DIY and crafting projects, often spending hours upon hours scouring through crafty blogs – current favorites and newly discovered ones – and pinterest. I find myself visualizing how i can revamp that basic lamp shade, or that bland Ikea Malm dresser that’s in desperate need of personalization. There have even been times where i’ve gone as far as buying the ingredients needed for the project, but that’s often where the buck ends. Inspiration has not been enough to push me on to the doing.

Well, this year one of my big goals is to get organized. Because i’m not a naturally organized person i need to have systems that make it as easy as possible to keep things neat. As the old adage goes, a place for everything and everything in its place. I have tested this theory for the past few months by simply adding labels with chalk to the front of the aforementioned Malm dresser, and it has worked swimmingly! Keeping those two things in mind, a simple system and a place for everything, plus the fact that i am cheap frugal, i have finally decided to stop thinking and start doing.

Getting organized requires getting organizing tools, such as boxes (lots, and lots of boxes), labels, folders, etc. It also requires that you plan ahead. Since i have already been doing a great job of searching for inspiration, i now needed to compile the projects i want to take on. Like i tell the clients i advise financially, putting a plan on paper makes it more real. I used my Google Drive to create a Google Presentation where i have started to add my inspirations and links to how-to’s. I chose the Google Drive because i can access it from anywhere and add projects at any time. Here is a sample of some of the projects i’m hoping to take on:

Clearly, the most difficult project on my list is the Roman Shades, so i think i will start with what i feel is the easiest, have the biggest impact on my organizing quest, and use the most amount of items that i already own (frugality, remember?), and that is the contact paper wrapped boxes. Stay tuned for a separate post on my box-wrapping adventures and how i use them to get organized!

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