Easy DIY Boxes
Super easy idea to turn a simple cardboard box into a beautiful wooden box!
Materials: Cardboard Box - Cedar Shims - Scissors - Pencil - Glue Gun - Clear Tape (not pictured) - Paint and foam paintbrush ( not pictured)
Cedar Shims can be purchased at Home Depot
1. Assemble box. Tape the bottom. Hot glue inside flaps down.
2. Place cedar shim on top of box.
3. Place a pencil mark where wood will be cut.
4. Using an old pair of scissors, cut straight down the mark of wood.
5. Add a generous amount of glue on cedar shim. Glue down. Make sure to hold wood for a few seconds until glue dries.
6. After gluing one side, you can continue gluing on all sides. I only added wood to front and back. Sides wont be seen in my shelves.
7. After its all complete, using a foam brush paint cedar shims. I used a white wash, then a dry brush technique to distress them a little.
8. Here is the final result. You can paint them any colors!
9.Optional: Use wooden pictures frames to create labels.
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Published January 29th, 2016 1:16 PM
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Linda on May 29, 2021
Cardboard boxes are not good for storage long term as they can harbor insects and mold
Trailrider_tr on Jan 30, 2023
As long as you seal the box with flex seal or a clear coat bugs will not live and no moisture to cause mold, and if it is stored in your house it should not have an issue with mold, due to being in a temperature controlled area.... of course you would not use cardboard out side in shed storage 🤦🏻♀️ the you would have mold..
Katherine Somma on May 29, 2021
Love this I have shims and box here we go
Love this idea! I have an open closet in my room and I have stuff , stuffed everywhere. I was thinking about using boxes to use for putting that stuff in, but , wondered how I could camouflage the boxes to look like big expensive crates ?! And now I know. Ty !
This is a great idea. Will use it since I have lotsa boxes. Could a handle be put on it? Like glued rope?
How long are the shims as I would like to do a box about 18-24 inches square?