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Decorative Storage Box

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If you have visited any store that sells decorative items, I’m certain you’ve probably seen the paper- or fabric-covered storage boxes you can buy to hide your junk from your guests while presenting an organized and fashionable image at the same time.  I really like the look and the functionality, but there is just some gene in my system that prevents me from spending $20 or more on something that was probably produced for less than $3.

A similar look can be achieved by making one of these boxes yourself, using items that most of us have around our homes anyway.  You will need a shoebox with a lid, a pair of scissors, wrapping paper or fabric, and a general adhesive.  A drop cloth (or an inexpensive plastic-coated tablecloth) is also good to have as it keeps the adhesive off of your work surface, especially if you use spray adhesive like I did.

The steps are fairly simple; if you’re relatively decent at wrapping a gift box, you can do this project.  Frankly, I stink at wrapping presents (I prefer gift bags), but even I found this easy.  My biggest problems were the wind and my attention-seeking dogs!


Materials List:

  • Adhesive (spray or a thinned-out liquid glue)
  • Wrapping paper or fabric – enough to cover entire box (exterior and interior) plus extra to match patterns or to cover up minor errors
  •  An empty shoe box
  • Scissors
  • Drop cloth to protect work surface


  • Set up your work station in a well-ventilated area.
  • Lay out the cover material and set the box on top to begin measuring for cuts (note: you will be wrapping the box bottom and lid separately unless the box is hinged).
  • Wrap the exterior of the box with the cover material, bringing the material over the edges of the box and into the interior.
  • Cut the material to fit the interior sides and bottom of the box to obtain a finished look.
  • Repeat the last two steps for the box lid, making certain to line up patterns between the box and lid as needed.
  • Allow both the top and bottom to dry thoroughly before storing items inside or before putting the lid back onto the box.

Finished Decorative Box

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Deanna Tratensek is a graduate student in sociology with an emphasis on family systems. She writes about travel, food issues, home improvement, organization and more. Deanna also serves as the Chief Operations Officer of the Tratensek family house, where she oversees a staff including her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a turtle.

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    I’m guessing at some point I’m supposed to use the spray adhesive, but it’s not included in the instructions.

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