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!

Suggested materials:

  • Paper printed with a design you like
  • Mod podge
  • Paintbrush to apply mod podge and polycrylic
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  • Kelly Breitenwischer Kelly Breitenwischer on Apr 17, 2017
    Do you put anything on it as protection so it doesn't wear/rub off?

  • Amy Shafer Wells Amy Shafer Wells on Jul 19, 2020

    I am looking for something to put on the lid to help open it. Any ideas?

  • Daisy Daisy on Apr 11, 2021

    Lovely idea, really like it, where did you go for the paper? I’m not as talented as you, but I would like to try. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

    DAISY

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  • Janice Janice on Mar 11, 2021

    Thank you for shwoing the steps. The magnetic closure is a great addition. I save shoe boxes and will have to get in gear and have a day of "upcucling" them. What fun! Thanks for the share.

  • Patty Patty on Jul 04, 2021

    I did not know that you could find paper to copy, and the magnets were a smart idea. My next project.

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