As I mentioned in a post last week, I have decided to challenge myself by crafting only with objects lying around the house. This week’s challenge was to create a home decor accessory out of fabric. The obvious project would have been to create a throw pillow. However, I didn’t have enough materials and I really wanted to think more innovatively about the challenge.
This past Saturday I decided to do some spring organizing, in particular our two main closets. When you live in an apartment, space is tight and your sanity often depends on how efficiently you’re using your closets. Well my husband and I have been tripping over one too many items lately, so we decided to take a trip to Target and get some organizers. After assembling a shoe shelf, I noticed that the box it came in had real DIY potential. The cardboard was really sturdy and after deconstructing the box a bit, I concluded it could work perfectly as a serving tray. Here are some materials I used for the project:
- Cardboard box – preferably one that is really sturdy. Food and cereal boxes may be too thin
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Exacto knife or razor blade to use deconstructing the box
- Fabric – I used a lightweight cotton
Deconstructing the box:
After deconstructing the box, make sure to save the scrap pieces of cardboard so you can build any missing tray sides. You will also need a large piece of cardboard to cover the inside of the tray. I used Mod Podge to glue the sides together and to adhere the fabric to the cardboard (Tip: Wrap the tray like a present. Lay out a large piece of fabric and place the cardboard tray in the middle of the fabric, bottom side down. Fold the fabric over the sides of the tray.). For a more finished look on the inside, I applied another piece of fabric to a large piece of cardboard the same size as the tray’s bottom. I then popped it into the tray to hide the messy fabric edges.
Not too bad for a simple cardboard box and fabric!