Trying to be Crafty: Canvas Covered Diaper Box
I'm going to say it right now: I am not artistically inclined in any way. I have a wide skill set, but those skills do NOT include anything involving knitting, sewing, or crafts. Most of the hand-crafted items I have made in the past are serviceable and competant, but not artful in any way. So when I am sharing a craft with you, my dear, patient, forgiving (right??) blog readers, know that this is in no way a tutorial. It's just a real-life view into my humble attempts to create.
Now that my giant disclaimer is out of the way, I can share what I did yesterday while my children -- gasp -- played quietly and nicely together.
In February, I saw this gorgeous post by Positively Splendid, where she shows you how to make these beautiful storage baskets out of diaper boxes! Here is what she did:
|Photo by Positively Splendid|
Amazing, right? So I thought, I have some diaper boxes lying around, I could totally do this. I asked my mom for some scrap canvas fabric, found an old diaper box, and picked out a cute patterned fabric for the liner.
And then I put everything in a bag where it sat in a corner of my bedroom for six months.
I may have a little problem with procrastination.
Better late than never, right? I finally dragged the giant bag of materials downstairs this week and got to work. This is what I was starting with:
Just a diaper box with the flaps cut off and a swath of bright red canvas fabric. Since I was using a remnant that was about 1 1/2 feet wide and 6 feet long, I couldn't use any of the instructions in the tutorial from Positively Splendid, so I just kind of did my own thing. Thank goodness for spray adhesive!
Here are some action shots:
Center the box on the fabric, spray the adhesive on the side of the box, and pull tightly to get the kinks out.
Finally, the box is wrapped. Now onto the "lining:"
I just folded over the unfinished edges and secured them to the box with spray glue. I probably should have used regular craft glue on the edges to make them a little cleaner, but I'm lazy so I didn't.
One more whoops. I ran out of fabric with about 4 inches to go! I can't even say I mismeasured because I didn't measure my second fabric at all. More compliments to spray glue -- I can't believe I never used the stuff before. Make sure though, that you're using it in a well-ventilated area. I had all the windows open and a fan going. That stuff is pretty toxic-smelling.
I found another scrap and matched it up as best I could. The lining, and in fact, all the fabric, was attached using spray adhesive. No pins, no sewing, no needles.
Voila! My first (only?) craft of 2011 is finished. I know that my 3 year old could probably have done a neater job, but I needed a storage bin for paperwork and other miscellanea, and this looks better than, well, a diaper box. I do love storage bins, so I'm planning on making another one for Mason's school artwork and papers.
I welcome your thoughts and feedback!