I believe in two things: 1) beautiful storage is exciting and 2) a good, sturdy box should never be tossed. I was reminded of this after receiving a couple gifts this past Christmas that came in some nice boxes, and I was almost more excited about how I was going to re-use the boxes for storage. Call it weird, because it kind of is, but it’s also fun (and useful!), and maybe you kept some boxes from this past holiday season too and need a simple idea on how to make them prettier. Try this one out!
I already liked that the boxes were all white, but I had this marble contact paper hanging around for a while and it was shouting at me to use it already, so I did.
Trace the lid of the box on the contact paper, then measure around the box about twice the height of the side of the lid.
So for example, the height of my box lid is 3cm, so I measured and cut the contact paper about 6cm further out from the lid on each side, as shown in the photo above. Since the lid is shallow, twice the height was appropriate, but for something deeper, like the bottom of my box, I measured out the height of the box + 6cm. Twice the height of the box would’ve been unnecessarily long, so keep that in mind for your box.
Use a pencil to draw three lines at each corner of the contact paper as shown above- a diagonal line, a horizontal line, and a vertical line. This creates a tab to wrap around the corner of the lid, which I’ll show you in a little bit.
Once cut along the lines, each corner should look like this.
Make sure that the opposite ends of the contact paper are mirror images of each other, meaning that the tabs are on opposite ends of the paper, as shown above.
The fun part. Peel the backing off the paper and lay it face down. Press the top of the lid onto the center of the adhesive, making sure the corners of the lid line up with the inner corners of the paper. Fold the sides of adhesive with the tabs straight up and smooth it over to stick firmly onto the side of the lid, then fold the tabs over each corner. Next, fold the other sides up, which will effectively cover the tabs and give you nice, clean corners.
To fold the the adhesive over the edges (that extra 6cm I measured out), cut a slit down each corner, then fold each side over.
Lid complete. Repeat with the bottom of the box and the transformation is done.
This could absolutely be done with fabric and Mod Podge as well, which I did a long time ago with the lids on these boxes. The design options are a lot more diverse with fabric, but contact paper is definitely less messy. Have you crafted with this stuff before? Are you as obsessed with boxes as I am?