Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Decorista Chronicles-DIY Cubby Shelves!

Are those little beads and glitter caskets getting lost all the time? What about those bobby pins, cotton balls and makeup sponges?Here's a nifty, easy and simply gorgeous way to sort all those itsy bitsy dainty things out, save decent counter-space, and get ready for your next project or dolled up hassle free while doubling up as beauuuuu-tiful statement shelves at the same time!

But first, let's see an overview of what we are aiming over here,and all there is to it is clustered in this picture below! So simple and such a cute, fresh addition to my craft nook!

STEP 1:Gather your supplies!

A pair of handy scissors, pretty wrapping paper (download pretty ones here and here),plain white paper, craft glue,white spray paint, empty cardboard boxes and mounting tape(not pictured).Here's a hint, if you do online shopping you'll probably have a lot of discarded boxes which may not always be pretty to look at.In the picture, you can see my box (and the lid!) housed a watch once, it's small but sturdy, so choose those which are nice and sturdy, not flimsy!

STEP 2: Spray spree!

Time to spray paint them all over carefully in the color you want and let 'em dry a good while.I like white cuz it goes with my room and looks nice.tidy and fresh!

Don't worry about any rough edges, we'll fix that in a while.For now, make sure the paint coats are uniform.If not, go over them once again!

STEP 3:Template twist!
Now cut out a sweet, chic heart template to use as the guide to cut the wrapping paper for the side of your boxes!

Fold your white sheet in half, draw as neatly as you can half a heart, unfold and cut out!

STEP 4:Using the template!

Impose the template on your wrapping paper and cut it out.Cut out as many as the boxes you are using for cubbies. Keep them aside for a bit and proceed to step 5!

STEP 5:Wrap in a snap!

Go over the inside walls and the middle front of the base of the box.If you want you can do the top and bottom too, I went for white sheet though!When you are all done, make sure those rough edges are dealt with, they should be if you've wrapped fine enough, if you made a few glitches, go over in those spots with a bit of white paint.Paste on your cut out hearts too on the sides!
STEP 6:Wall 'em up!

Time to mount your cubbies on the wall!Use a generous amount of masking tape and tape horizontally or vertically at the back of your "shelves".

Make sure they are held firmly to the wall.The more the quantity of mounting tape, the better!

STEP 7:Sorted!
Fill 'em up, flaunt your teeny jars of beads, glitter, hooks and needles! Or use miniature colorful disposable cups or trays and fill to the brim with bobby pins, cotton balls and hair bands!

I organize my tubes of sequins and glitter in the two cubby shelves I made, and some washi tape that couldn't find place in my DIY washi stand!
Remember, weight of the items you put in the shelves depends on how sturdy the boxes are and the quality of mounting tape!
So remember to go easy on the load if you are not sure of how much your cubbies can withstand!

Eye candy anyone? Here we go!

Oh, and just in case you happen to be wondering about the huge flowers, dancing stems and leaves beside the shelves, that's the decal on my wall :)

Hope you give it a try, and do let me know it this inspires you to do anything else! I would love to know your ideas too!
Till next time,
xoxo, Nash :)

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