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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Gift Box Canvas':.

I've seen a few different gift box decorating ideas, and I decided that this would be a cheap, easy way to add a little decor to our bedroom. We have a small townhouse, and often, our bedroom ends up as the dumping grounds for things because I'd rather have my living room look nicer since that's where people are when they come over! I figured that covering some gift boxes in some fabric would give them a nicer, more finished look, and could pass for some nice decorations in our bedroom.

What you need:

- gift boxes (I found the huge ones at Wal-Mart on super after Christmas clearance, and got the rest out of my stash)
- fabric
- mod podge
- hot glue/gun
- scissors

You'll want to un-fold your box. I used packing tape to tape the box folds open so that it wasn't trying to fold in on me while I was measuring (and later while putting the fabric on!)

I'm sure there are lots of ways you could measure your fabric. I'm not very exact, and didn't just measure the fabric using the dimensions of the box. For my first box, I just put it on the table, and lined up one edge to the edge of the box.

Then on the other edge, I just creased the fold, and cut along it. I did the same for the other two edges as well.

Once I had the fabric cut out, I folded it in like I was wrapping a gift, and pinned it. It's okay if your edges are too long. You can always trim them later after you glue!

For my second big box, I did it a little differently. I turned the fabric to the wrong side, and kind of figured out where my edges should be, and used chalk to mark where I needed to cut.

I don't know that there was one way better than another; just find what works best for you!

I did this for all five of my boxes, and pinned them all so I could see what they were going to look like.

Next, you'll need to cut out the patterns you want to have on your canvas' - if you are putting a pattern or design on there. If you like your fabric plain, you could always just leave them as is! I found some patterns and designs I liked on other blogs, one of my daughter's shirts, scrapbook paper, and the fabric pattern on my diaper bag. Just look around!

I used my boxes to determine the size of my patterns, cut them out, but didn't glue them on yet - just laid them on to see how they were going to look.

Now it's time to start mod podging!

I turned my fabric with the wrong side facing up, and box upside down as well, all lined up. I lathered up one side of the box with mod podge.

Then I wrapped the fabric around and used my trusty Pampered Chef pan scraper to smooth out the fabric. I did this for all of the flat surfaces of the box. You're going to have fabric hanging around on two of your edges.

For this part, I again mod podged the box, and put as much fabric down as I could. Then I used my hot glue gun to glue the remaining fabric down on to the box - again folding it like I was wrapping a package. You can either trim up loose ends, or fold the fabric under and hot glue it to the inside of the box.

Next I used mod podge to put the design on to the box.

Do this for all of your boxes! I'm not going to lie - the big boxes were a big pain!

But totally worth it because I love how these turned out!

Then get your trusty husband to hang them up for you and you've got yourself some new, unique, cheap home decor! (Sorry for no picture of them hanging up - I'm embarrassed to admit that we actually haven't gotten around to it quite yet!)

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  1. That's a great idea! And they turned out awesome!!

  2. Wow..I love the idea! Another idea to tame my fabric stash. I like the dimensional effect of using them too!

  3. Great idea Summer, what a fun and expensive way to personalize your space and use up some of your stash.

  4. Seriosuly cute idea. I love Mod Podge! I didn't realize they were boxes yesterday. Great idea...I always need a place to store more stuff!

  5. Summer - you are so clever! Cute idea. You should link it up over at Xazmin's Mod Podge Mania party.

    Xazmin - This is the year -- is the name of her blog.



  6. So pretty, much better than any giftbox I've ever made. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Also, I just gave you the sunshine award on my blog :)

  7. Cool idea!

    Just stopping by from Today's Creative! Signed up to follow you! Stop by my blog when you get a chance, I'm always looking for a few more crafty followers! http://juliechats.blogspot.com

  8. So cute, I love it! Thanks for linking up!

  9. You are going to think I am crazy but I have been searching for the black fabric with the scrolly swirls. Do you remember where you purchased it or who the manufacturer is?

  10. Lindsey - I'm pretty sure I got that fabric at Joann's. If it wasn't there, then it was Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart, but I'm fairly certain it was Joann's!

  11. I love this. Dimension, fun, fabric and modge podge! Seriously-all you needed to do was add diet coke and chocolate and I would have been in heaven. Great tutorial! I think that I am going to have to try this for my 10 yr olds room redo!

  12. Holy cuteness Batman! These turned out so great - I love 'em!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  13. Those boxes turned out so great. I love them!

  14. What a great way to make some fun art! Very cute!

  15. Looks so cute!

    Thanks for sharing :) :)


  16. This gives me the idea to make a few storage boxes for my sewing table..
    love your idea!



  17. Love this idea... They turned out great..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.

  18. Hi Summer, you are a genious. I love this idea, I'm on a tight budget right now and this is just perfect!!! I have an empty wall that will no longer be empty, thanks so much.

  19. this is such a great idea...thanks for sharing at check me out saturday www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  20. Great idea! And very cute!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. Hope to see you again this week!

  21. Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

  22. Hi Summer, thanks for sharing another great project at Craft schooling Sunday! all the best and hope to see you again this week!

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  24. really cute idea, I will have to save it in my folder of ideas for next weak.Thanks for sharing.
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