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Shoe Box Storage

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I have been using shoe boxes for storage for a long time but last week looked at them and thought "ugly"
So I decided it was mod podge time!
I have a ton of shoe boxes and many are in use, for seeds, old letters and cards from my Mom, Dad, and sister who are no longer alive and letters from my brother.
So I emptied out one - not the one shown above - one of my husbands his size 13.5 feet make great storage boxes.
I wanted a vintage design so went online and searched vintage papers, and printed out 8 pages of various designs.
I started gluing ( with mod-podge) the paper I liked onto the box. and kept going until it was covered
When the outside was done, I did the inside too, I think next time I will start with the inside.
then I also did the bottom. and I let the whole thing dry.
I decided I did not want the box to ever stay a bit open, and so I took a free magnet - the kind that real companies give you for your fridge and cut 2 rectangles about the same size
Then I glued them to the outside of the box and the inside of the lid
and covered the magnets with paper
and as per my usual, so the whole thing will be easy to wipe and clean, I put on a coat of polycrylic,
Done!
I like them because they do not open when I tip them, the magnets are not strong, but they are strong enough to keep them closed!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Paper printed with a design you like
  • Mod podge
  • Paintbrush to apply mod podge and polycrylic
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  • Sharry53
    Sharry53
    on Oct 25, 2016

    What a fabulous idea. These would be great as gift boxes and then they could reuse them. Thanks for the idea. Sharry

  • Rebecca Brantley
    Rebecca Brantley Swainsboro, GA
    on Oct 26, 2016

    I love the vintage look! I do this with all of my shoe boxes! I have turned so many into photo box storage! I've done the modge-podge idea, as well as covered mine in duct-tape! When I've done the modge, I've done the inside first then let it dry over night.. Next morning I flip it over & do the outside, let that dry over night then.. After it's all dry I go back & add modge over any areas that didn't seal once dried! Love the magnet idea!

    • Teresa
      Teresa Canada
      on Oct 26, 2016

      Thank you, and yes, I did the inside of the next one first!

  • Candy Imai
    Candy Imai Japan
    on Oct 26, 2016

    Love it, looks gorgeous!

  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen
    on Oct 26, 2016

    Great job! Looks great -- and shoe boxes really are great storage :)

    • Teresa
      Teresa Canada
      on Oct 26, 2016

      Thanks Cori - and this is because I have a new art room and my boxes are now all exposed!

  • Melmeg2000
    Melmeg2000
    on Oct 26, 2016

    wow,amazing!Love the idea.ill make it.thanks a lot!

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