So I have a problem, I like to save things. It causes clutter and it drives my husband crazy, but there are just those things that I don’t want to get rid of- things that remind me of a great trip, a romantic dinner, a thoughtful card… you get the idea. Anyway, I had this ugly shoebox holding most of those types of random things from when my husband and I started dating– 7 years ago.
THIS IS THE UGLY SHOEBOX BEFORE:
I finally decided to do something about the ugly box when I was cleaning up the office, and I had an idea of a way to do a simple “makeover” without spending a lot of time or money. So here it is, the memory box makeover. Simple, Quick, and Cheap!
Here’s what you’ll need:
* Roll of Contact Paper (I found mine at Home Depot, for $7)
* Construction paper, tape, & any type of embellishments to decorate your finished box.
Before you begin, here’s a little tip about the contact paper, it’s not super tacky which is great because you can peel it up and reapply it if you lay it down crooked, or if you see an air bubble. The most frustrating part of this project for me was the air bubbles. Just go slow when you are adhering it and make sure to smooth it down as you go to avoid air bubbles.
Step One: Measure the box base and cut the contact paper to fit. (Use the handy guides on the contact paper to make straight cuts).
Cut the contact paper to fit the size of the box from the base up to the sides.
Peel the protective paper off and pull up the sides to adhere it to the box. Be sure to smooth the paper as you apply it, otherwise you will end up with a bunch of air bubbles!
To fold the corners over, make a small cut right at the edge of the corner, then fold the contact paper to the inside of the box.
Now that the base is finished. Repeat the same steps for the top of the box.
Cover the top of the box, then cut small incisions into the corners to fold each flap in.
Fold the edges into the box top.
Your finished with covering the box. Now for the fun part, decorate it with a stamp, sticker, or any embellishments you may have lying around. I chose a MEMORIES sticker ($1) that I adhered to a piece of blue construction paper.