Copycats, to be exact, are what I want to blog about today.
The blogosphere has opened my eyes to all sorts of fabulous creative ideas, particularly in the homemaking realm. I've spent the past three years or so in a sort of semi-coma; and making my house look cute was the last thing on my mind most days. Mostly, I just wondered when I'd have five minutes to read a book or maybe wash my hair. Yep, that would be nice.
Seeing pictures of the wonderful ways other bloggers have transformed their spaces gave me a little lift of confidence. If they can do it, I can at least try, right? Instead of bemoaning the fact that I can't afford those fabulous Pottery Barn pillows, I can learn to make some! Rather than whining about not being able to choose a pricey desk at the local furniture store, I can head to Salvation Army and start scouting for the perfect desk to makeover.
I've started attempting to copy some of my favorite bloggers, and I thought I'd share one of my copycat projects with you today.
Somewhere out there, I saw a blogger use brown craft paper to cover some boxes for a unique storage solution for her home. Reading that entry sparked my interest, because I am currently searching for little things to make my makeover craft desk (link above) more homey.
When I saw these boxes from The Container Store online, priced at $8 to $10 a piece, I immediately remembered the blog post I'd seen a month or so earlier. I liked the natural color of the paper, and I thought it would coordinate well with my new craft area. I just knew I could try to copy The Container Store's idea, and I could do it for much, much less!
I shopped my house for some shoe boxes one afternoon. Lucky for me, Natalie has lots of shoes and Michaela Byrd has teeny feet. Check out the little bitty box on top!
No special directions here. I just cut big squares around the lids and boxes separately, and folded the paper up and over the inside of the box and lid until the surfaces were completely covered. Then I used Scotch tape to secure the paper to the inside of the boxes. No cutting required, unless there was an excess of paper!
This is what I ended up with:
They still need labels, but I'm not sure what exactly is going in each box, so I'm holding out.
They're not perfect, but they work for me! Free boxes, and I have a ton of that $2 paper left!
Being a copycat is fun, y'all.