DIY: 'That's a Wrap' Fabric Covered Boxes


I am so excited to be participating in the Dear Stella Challenge over at Kollabora! For this challenge several bloggers were chosen to make something creative with fabrics we received from Dear Stella. 

My project is a simple decorative box that anyone can make. There is no need for a sewing machine for this one! Plus, this project is a great way to use up fabric scraps, and we could all use a little extra storage space, right?!

Ready to create some fabulous storage boxes?! 

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:



Coordinating fabrics of your choice (Mine are from the Dear Stella Paloma collection.)

Matte Formula Mod Podge

Cardboard or Paper Mache boxes (You could even reuse old shoe boxes!)

Scissors

Ruler

Paintbrush

Embellishments (Anything you'd like to add to give personality to your boxes.)

Method:

1. We will need to make a pattern to cover the box. My fabric piece is already cut here, but I'd like to show you how I got the dimensions. First, put the box top down on the fabric and trace it's outline with a fabric disappearing ink marker.



2. Next, turn the box up on its side and trace along the outer edges. You'll need to trace along both long ends and both short ends of the box so that you've covered all four sides. This will create flaps that we can use to wrap around the box.



3. Below, you can see that on the right and left sides I added 1/4 inch allowance on all three sides of the flap. For the top and bottom, I added a 1/4 inch allowance only on the long edge. Once you've added the extra allowance, you can cut out the pattern. Be sure to snip into the allowance on all four corners (as shown by the dotted lines in the picture below.) This will allow us to wrap the fabric around the corners of the box.



4. Now, glue the fabric to the base of the box. Be sure to use a very thin coat of the Mod Podge and make sure it isn't streaky. You don't want it to seep through the fabric. Next, wrap the fabric around the short sides. It is a lot like wrapping a present. Be sure to wrap the extra allowance around the side of the box. This will create a nice clean corner.


Here is what the inside looks like:


5. Lastly, fold up the long side of the fabric. Use a dab of Mod Podge along the raw edge of the corner to keep the fabric from fraying. Now that you have the box lid complete, all that is left is to cover the bottom of your box using the same steps. That is all there is to creating a beautiful customized storage box!


You can have so much fun embellishing your boxes. On this box I did some embroidery before I glued the fabric to the box. These are french knots. I love the texture and touch of punchy color they add to the box.



I also had fun embellishing with metallic studs. These were supposed to be iron-on studs, but I wasn't able to get them to stick with the iron. I ended up just gluing them in place, which did the trick! There is always a way to make things work. (I'm thinking the studs may have adhered better with the iron if I had put them straight onto the fabric before I had attached the fabric to the box. Live and learn!) 



I'm planning to put these beauties in my craft room, because I'm in a desperate need of crafty storage. How is it that us crafters collect so much stuff?!!

So, how would you decorate your boxes? I'd love to hear your ideas!

P.S. If you'd like to follow me on Kollabora, you can find me here. It is such a fun and creative online community!


42 comments:

  1. These are so pretty! I love the embroidery and stud details you added. Would also make for a beautiful gift box!

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  2. It's amazing how something so simple can look so stunning! Love these Erica!!

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  3. Wow they are really pretty and so simple.

    Hannah
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    www.daintyandivory.blogspot.com

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  4. The yellow polka dots one with the flowery top is adorable!

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  5. This so great idea !!! I have to make some nice box for a wedding gift, so your idea is just perfect for me. Thank you Erica :)

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    1. These would be perfect for a wedding gift! I'd love to see how yours turn out! :)

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  6. These are gorgeous! Such a lovely way to pretty up a little box.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  7. Ooh what a fabulous project and the fabrics you selected are just gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing Erica x

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  8. Beautiful choices of fabrics and colours. ♥

    I think these work really well for storage and are so inexpensive. Great!

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  9. really easy and very nice results!

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  10. My fabric-covered box attempts always come out lumpy. this looks great.

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  11. I've done this with pretty paper, but never with fabric! Great idea!

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  12. super cute! i love the embellishments! and i love seeing the sneak previews on your instagram feed and seeing the step by step on your blog! what a perfect instagram/blog combo! :)

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm trying to get better about instagramming more often. :)

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  13. I've never heard of Kollabora but will have to check it out! Looks interesting! And the boxes are super cute :) ~Steph

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  14. really nice :) i cant find mod podge in my country i heard it works well with glitters

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  15. i love it! these are so adorable, dress up your room and are soooo much easier than those complicated crochet daisies ;)

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    1. No need for a crochet hook for these ones! ;)

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  16. Love this! I have so many boring boxes to store things, so this is a great idea!

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  17. this is a great idea, especially making the lids different to the rest of the box, it's a great way to liven up plain old boring boxes you use for storing all your bits and pieces.

    little henry lee

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  18. Your boxes are so cute, Erica! I love all the prints on the Dear Stella fabric. xoxo

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  19. I love these! Thanks for the tutorial :) The fabrics are really amazing too.

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  20. I like how you broke this down...it all seems very do-able! Also love the floral fabric with the red dots on it. Lovely use for the challenge! I'll be thinking of this the next time I need to sort things away :) -M

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  21. how cute are these?! I love that you added some embellishments too!

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  22. Once again a slam dunk! I've tried wrapping a hard cover notebook with fabric but it turned into a mess and a half! (but it might be because i tried using crazy glue) that definitely seeped through the fabric yuk. Maybe I should not be lazy and try modgepodge...

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    1. Mod Podge worked pretty great for me. The secret is to use a really thin layer so that it doesn't seep through the fabric. Hope that helps! :)

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  23. Clever! I love those french knots with that fabric! These could double as gift wrapping and a gift!!!
    Kate :}

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    1. Kate, I love the idea to use these boxes as gift wrap, because afterwards they have a nice keepsake box. :)

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  24. Mmm I want to make a whole pile of these! This is the sweetest! Found you through craftgawker cuz your cute project was right around mine! Now I'm a follower!
    - HelloHydrangea.com

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  25. I LOVE your embellishments! Those french knots & studs are so fab. Lovely!

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  26. The french knots are my favorite! So smart!

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  27. These are so cute! I get Birch Box and every month I feel sad about throwing the nice box away. I know what to do with them now! Thanks for another clever idea :).

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  28. can't wait to try this. my girls have asked for boxes of chapter books for Christmas & I've been looking for something fun to put their books in instead of a plain old box. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Using these as a gift wrap is such a cool idea! That makes the package extra special. I'm sure your girls will love them. :)

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  29. Love this idea! Do you have any suggestions on how to alter this in order to add a magnetic flap for ease of opening/closing?

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    1. Hi Pam! I think a magnetic flap is a great idea! If I were going to do that, I'd probably add small magnets to the boxes where I wanted them to be and then cover the magnets with fabric when I wrap the boxes so that it stays nice and pretty. You could trim cut the box top so that it flaps shut and then cover that with fabric as well. Then, glue the top to the box on one end so that it flaps and that should do it! I hope you give it a go. I'd love to see how yours turns out. I might just have to try this magnetic version now too, and if I do, I'll make a tutorial! :)

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  30. Hi Pam..I have some ugly old IKEA storage boxes that I hate. Now I have big plans. I'm thinking of some Elmer's Spray Glue for the fabric and Mog Pog for the sides. The embellishment ideas are endless, maybe some ric rac or ribbon. Great idea! and even better instructions. You have saved me a lot of money. Thanks

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    1. I'm excited you'll be able to put those old boxes to good use. Have fun with the project! :)

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