DIY: Magazine Box Decorated with Scrapbook Paper

Here’s the “After” glamour shots:

Can you believe it originally looked like this “Before”:

It’s a cardboard box from JoAnn’s. It was to hold a gift of scrapbook supplies and pretty papers. I think we can all agree that this box is not gift-worthy nor display-worthy.

Here’s the makeover process:

My mom’s craft room is called the “green room” so I chose various green scrapbook papers and Mod Podge’d them onto the box. I ripped some papers with the help of a guide that makes torn edges, and applied these over the edges and corners.

I attached copper hinges with copper brads (with extra long “legs” to go through the cardboard). But oh no, the box lid would not open properly once the hinges were attached! So I cut the lid off and reattached it solely with the hinges, so it would open completely.

Copper fasteners are super-glued on the front. They are nonfunctional, because both pieces are super-glued to the lid. To open the box, you just simply lift up the lid.

My favorite is the inside treatment. As with scrapbooks, the real action goes on inside the covers, right? Take a peek:

I think scrapbooking is all about the gorgeous papers, so I chose extra special paper for the inside lid. The inside bottom remains plain white. You can’t see it when the box is full of paper.

Here are close-ups of the inside lid:

My mom’s first initial is D, so I chose a letter from Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste line. With the copper metal accents on the outside, a copper accent was needed on the inside. So here it is:

The copper pieces were in my sewing stash, acquired long before I started scrapbooking. I liked them and figured I’ll use them for something, someday. And here you go. They helped take this box from blah to sensational.

While I was photographing the box, I had a visitor, one that went on a catwalk.

Catwalk Video: (Notice the action starting in the upper left corner)

I guess this means the box has his approval.

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