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Make your own beautiful Storage Boxes

12 Oct

Personal Note: “I am a huge fan of what I call “Design on a Budget”.  After giving you tips and tricks to reorganize your closet, today I will show you how to make your own beautiful storage containers from shoe boxes.  This is the first post in the new Craft series.

My next post will show you how to de-clutter your wardrobe (not always easy to let go…) before you sort everything back into your freshly organized closet.  So, stay tuned and have a wonderful and happy  day!”   Beate 

Make your own beautiful Boxes – Design on a  Budget!


You will need

Empty shoe boxes

Sheets of beautiful gift wrap or wallpaper

Glue stick or spray adhesive (wall paper paste)

Scissors, craft knife, ruler, pencil, needle

Old plastic card or make one from thick cardboard


Primer and/or Acrylic Paint (test pot), brushes

Handles, knobs, printed labels or stickers

Recycle old shoe boxes, wooden wine crates or other cardboard boxes, cover them with stylish gift wrap, colour coordinated decorative papers, patterned wall paper or newspaper prints, depending on the style, theme or colour scheme in your newly organized closet. If you buy gift wrap sheets (I like to use standard sheets, approx. 68x50cm, which fit one box, if the inside is not fully covered and it has no lid) look for great designs, same colours in different patterns, one colour in different hues, white or black in different textures or just the same paper for lots of boxes. Find papers that you really enjoy. Ask your local shoe shop for empty boxes, recycle your own or use other empty boxes in good sizes to fit your closet. If you have a dark box and light paper, it is a good idea to give the box a coat of primer or white Acrylic paint and let dry properly before you cover it with paper.If unsure, what size paper you need, wrap a piece of newspaper around your box, cut to size and measure. That gives you the minimum sheet size you need. If you go for expensive Designer papers, think of covering only the outer sides and paint the inside with acrylic paint first. Test pots of Acrylic Interior paints are perfect for the job, as they come in hundreds of colours, perfect for matching to your paper and they are not expensive). Or you can use a plain colour matching paper for the inside and the designer paper for the outside. If you only cover the outside, still fold the paper over the top edges of the box to the inside (min. 1- 2cm).


(1) Cut your paper to fit around the box on all sides. Cut a separate piece (you might need a second sheet of paper) for the inside bottom of the box 5mm smaller than the dimensions of the box outer bottom. If your box has a lid, first cut the paper to fit the top, the sides and the inside sides of the lid. Then cut an extra piece for the inside of the lid top 5mm smaller than the outer top.

(2) With a long ruler and a pencil, make two thin lines, corner to corner, on the wrong side of the large paper sheet to find the exact center. Or mark half of the length and half of the width and find the center point. Do the same on the bottom of your box and mark the middle with a tiny needle hole.

(3) With the needle in the hole of the bottom, try to find the middle of the paper and place the box on top. Gently outline the bottom of the box on the paper.

(4) Take the box off, cover the bottom of the box with glue (stick or spray adhesive) and place it on the marked paper rectangle.

(5) Turn over and rub down the paper carefully with an old plastic card to bond and prevent wrinkles. Run the card along the paper down the edges of the box (This helps prevent pockets from forming along this edge after the paper is folded over). Be careful not to damage your beautiful paper.

 (6) Apply the adhesive to one of the long sides of the box and fold up the paper. Again run the plastic card over it. With scissors cut straight down to the top of the box at both corners. Repeat on the other long side of the box.

(7) Fold the two ends of the paper for the short sides of the box into triangles to create nice edges of the paper.

(8) Cut the triangles off about 2 cm from the folding line, then glue the folded stripe to the inside of the paper. Apply adhesive to the short side of the box, fold up the paper and run the plastic card over it. Do the same on the opposite side of the box.

(9) Take the box, so that the first paper triangle lies flat on your table and apply glue to the paper triangle.

(10) Make a nice corner, by folding the paper up and rub it to the box with your plastic card. Do the same on all corners. By now you have covered the bottom and all four sides of your box.

(11) Cut the paper in all corners straight down to the top of the box.

(12) Lay each side of the overlapping paper flat on your work surface and with a ruler draw a line on the inside (take your shortest paper piece as the maximum with).

(13) Then cut all four sides nicely with scissors or a craft knife to the same length.

(14) Glue the long sides of the paper first, fold nicely over the edge and rub with the plastic card. Repeat on the other long side, then the short sides.

(15) If you have painted the inside of your box first or if you don’t care so much about the inside, you are finished. If you want to cover the rest of the inside, cut fitting stripes of paper for the walls and finish with the bottom paper (take the bottom of the box as template and cut the paper 5mm smaller than the marked rectangle. Glue it in and it’s finished. If you have a lid to cover, just repeat all steps of covering the box in the same way.

When I use the boxes in my closet, I use them without the lid to store belts, scarves, bras, socks and so on.

If your box has a lid, repeat the steps accordingly. 

You can buy a nice handle or knob to screw onto the box or with a hole punch and hammer add two holes on one side of the box and pull through a beautiful satin ribbon, braided leather, beaded wire or any other nice ribbon as the handle (be creative!). Fix it with knots or glue ends to the inside. You can print your own labels in fancy letters on nice paper with your computer.


  • If you use wallpaper on thick cardboard boxes, try wallpaper paste and apply with a small brush
  • If you use very expensive or Designer paper keep the off-cuts (triangles etc) for scrapbooking or card making.
  • Make it a fun project with your children and let them create their own special box.
  • These boxes also make beautiful gifts for family and friends. Choose paper of colours they like, insert a gift and let them keep the box for photos etc.


If you wish to read more about storage ideas and container, these are some interesting books:

  • Wonderful Wrapsrecycling or making boxes and wrappings by Marie Browning
  • Transform your Home in a weekend – instant, easy decorating ideas with impact by Stewart & Sally Walton
  • StorageStylish solutions for every room in your home by Joanna Copestick & Meryl Lloyd
  • Complete Home StorageGetting organized by Barbara J. Braasch & Lisa Stockwell Kessler
  • Simple Storage Solutions – effective storage, drawers & cupboards… by Elizabeth Hillliard

Reorganise your Closet!

9 Oct

Personal Note: “Reorganising your closet it a big task and a huge topic. I tried to limit myself to the important points and hope you’ll get inspired to rethink your storage habits.

 In my next posts I will show you how easy it is to make your own beautiful storage boxes. So, stay tuned and have a happy and wonderful day!”   Beate


Reorganise your Closet!


Your closet should be a source of joy and inspiration since it is the place you go each morning to prepare yourself for a new day. Before you de-clutter your wardrobe, re-think and reorganise your closet to make better use of the existing space!

Before you take everything out, open the doors and have a good look at the shelves, rods and dividers. Is it functional? Is it working for you and your items? Is it practical? Does it give you enough space?  Can you reach the most frequently used items easily? Can you see or know where most items are, or are things hiding behind other stuff, on piles, in un-labeled boxes or cluttered drawers? Are your coat hangers overloaded?

Look at your closet with fresh eyes and take some photos of the existing situation. Glue them into a little notebook “My Closet” and start sketching your ideal closet system. Take and note measurements of the length of hanging clothes, of existing boxes or baskets you want to re-use, spaces that need more storage containers. Can you add more shelves? Can you heighten or lower or add or take out hanging rods. Can you combine shorter and longer clothes and group differently? Is it dark in your closet? Can you paint the inside in a light colour or add some lighting? How does it smell? Can you add hooks, hanging fabric compartments, drawers, baskets, boxes or specialized tie or belt racks? Where do you keep your lingerie, your shoes, your handbags, your scarves, your belts, your hats tight now?  Can you colour-coordinate your closet for a more un-cluttered look? Do you need new and better quality cloth hangers?

Take time to think about, how you could improve your existing space. Get out some storage solution books from your local library, surf the internet for tips or take some time to visit shops and see what clever solutions are out there to suit your budget. Take or cut out ideas from magazines, furniture catalogues, or get creative by making your own boxes, labels, drawer dividers and so on. If you have to buy new storage systems and items, wait for bargains and specials or invest in it step by step. Take your notebook with you each time you go shopping and add notes the moment you see something interesting or inspiring.

Make it you personal project, create a plan and a to-do list!  Sometimes ideas and solutions take time…

Here are some tips to get the space right:

  • Ideally you want some kind of system to hide the majority of your clothing, shoes and accessories behind closed doors.


  • Limit the number of hanging rods to the amount of clothes you really need to hang and consider their heights in relation to the groups of clothes (blouses and tops, dresses, coats, skirts, pants…)


  • Fill the rest of the space with shelves, drawers, baskets or add a ready-made tower system.


  • Invest in solid wooden or good quality hangers (wait for that special or buy step by step) or find some practical plastic hangers (often boutiques sell their well designed hangers in bundles for a couple of dollars) and keep with the same type or brand for a cleaner, more organized look.


  • Use peg hangers for trousers and skirts, instead of holding them by their hanging loops or hang trousers over a foam or fabric covered bar hanger.


  • Some good pairs of wooden or padded plastic shoe trees keep your shoes in shape. If on a tight budget, use newspaper.


  • Store shoes either on a shelf, in their original boxes (you might glue a photo on the front), in clear plastic shoe boxes (buy on the internet or storage shops) or in the new calico hanging bags that have little compartments. Maybe you can create an extra shoe shelf in the laundry, under the stairs or buy a special shoe cupboard for the entrance area, which looks good and hides the shoes nicely. Maybe have drawers on wheels made with compartments for your shoes to fit under your bed.


  • Reorganising is also the time to clean your entire closet, the shelves, drawers, baskets and boxes.


  • Vacuum packing is now widely available.  Bags with a special round rubber holes that allows the vacuum cleaner nozzle to be inserted in, to suck out all the air, are practical to store clothes not used all the time (winter or summer, Wedding etc).


  • Reserve the hard to reach space at the top of your closet things you don’t’ need often.  (I have a little wooden stool in my closet to quickly reach the top shelves, if I need to).


  • Use the space on the inside of your closet doors and install hooks, racks or  fabric organizers to hold ties, scarves, belts, umbrellas, gloves, etc.  


I really enjoyed the planning time, when we renovated our house and created a new built-in closet behind sliding doors. Because it is very small (only 2.20m wide and I have to share the space with my husband, I had to organize it properly (and get rid of clutter!) to fit everything in there.

Here is one of my first sketches:











If you wish to read more about reorganising your closet, these are some interesting books:

  • 168 Feng Shui ways to Declutter your Home by Lillian Too
  • The Western Guide to Feng ShuiCreating Balance, Harmony and Prosperity in your Environment by Terah Kathryn Collins
  • StorageStylish solutions for every room in your home by Joanna Copestick & Meryl Lloyd
  • Complete Home StorageGetting organized by Barbara J. Braasch & Lisa Stockwell Kessler
  • Simple Storage Solutions – effective storage, drawers & cupboards… by Elizabeth Hillliard
  • 101 Ideas for Bedrooms – ideas, facts, expert solutions by Suzanne Davy