Monday, April 30, 2012

Making Your Trash a Treasure

So, if you saw my post yesterday, I refinished some small shelves for my bathroom. I felt like there were some visual "holes" left on the wall, and decided that I knew how to fill them in. With my left over fabric scraps, and some  boxes I was just about to toss. 

What you'll need: 

  • Some smaller boxes. I used a lightbulb box, and a box from some crackers. 
  • Mod Podge and foam brushed 
  • Fabric of appropriate size for your box. 
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter 
  • Hot glue and an iron (I left them out of the picture, I'm sure they feel very left out.) 

Now cut your fabric roughly too size, being exact isn't needed, or encouraged. :) Once you get the fabric cut, cut around the perimeter of the box, so it's about an inch deep. You can take the box apart and make marks around the whole thing to follow along to. I chose not to put some paper over my box first, because my fabric was thick enough to cover the print well. But if you need to, cut a piece of paper to the size of the face, and mod podge it on smoothly. It should provide plenty coverage.

Put a nice coating of mod podge on the face of your box. I used my cake-decorating-thingy to smooth it out. You don't want any wrinkles or bumps, because they'll obviously look wonky. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes. (My least favorite part.)

 Now that the mod podge has finally dried, you can start hot gluing the fabric into the inside lip of the box. Leave two adjacent sides open so you can "fold" the fabric over on the edges for a neat edge.

Yeah, it's that easy. You can of course do this with a canvas of choice size, but it's not as cheap! If I had to factor up how much I spent, it was easily under 10 dollars. The fabric was unusable scrap, the mod podge was a gift from Alex (!) as was the hot glue gun, and the boxes were literal trash.

And now my bathroom feels less nakey.


  1. I love this idea Ashley! Recycling and repurposing in creative ways is a wonderful talent.

    1. Thank you! It's one of my favorite things to do, I'm more proud of my home decor when I make it. :)

  2. Me too Ashley! Oh, and I've shared this post on my FB timeline & am off to share it on my new FB page as well (!/TheBottomlessHeart if you want to check it out)!

  3. Thank you! I'll definitely check it out, and like you through our new facebook page!

    That's here:

  4. nice idea. hanging fabrics in old picture frames or old window frames is a unique way to make a wall piece also.

    lisa from facebook