Ugly box upcycle

linda_mug_2014I’ve basically built my new business on upcycles and redos so when I received a collection of Anna Griffin products from Xyron I knew I wanted to upcycle a box of some sort.

I hit up our local Salvation Army on Senior Day – one of the perks of getting older – to see what they might have. I selected this bright, bold and ugly box with three drawers. It was just gaudy enough to demand a redo.

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I know it looks like it might have six drawers but there are actually only three.  I thought about painting the base but then opted to leave it white and go with it.

I measured the beautiful Anna Griffin papers to fit the sides, top and drawer fronts. Then I inked all the edges with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink and processed them all through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station with permanent adhesive.

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The full adhesive coverage of Xyron makes the paper stick really well to all parts of the wooden box. I removed the knobs from the drawer fronts and painted them white to coordinate with the papers then reattached them after the papers were in place.

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I also cut more of the coordinating papers to fit the insides of the drawers as well.

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I had this idea that I would create several little 3″ by 3″ note cards to tuck in the drawers. I think I made nine and could have kept going. These are so easy to make using the scraps of papers left over from the box fitting as well as the cute Anna Griffin Stickers and cardstock borders. I just snipped the borders in intervals of 2 3/4″ and adhered them to the card front.

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A silver, gold or white marker would add a touch of elegance to whatever little note you wanted to send to someone! They store really nicely inside the little drawers. So the next time you’re perusing the aisles or your local resale shop take note of those ugly little boxes or trays that you can transform quickly and easily with pretty papers and a Xyron machine!

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22 thoughts on “Ugly box upcycle

  1. I am in constant awe at your ability to look at an item, have a vision and then make it happen. I have been a fan since the very first time I walked into one of your classes several years ago. Beautiful work, Linda.

  2. Oh my goodness, an awesome little set of drawers here. Linda you do some awesome work! I can only find one thing wrong with this piece of lovely art you created. It is not setting in my craft room to look at for inspiration daily! I think this is my favorite item you have created to date so far. I must admit I am a fan of your work! Anna Griffin must be in awe looking at her lovely papers turned into your awesome one of a kind work. Those little note cards are so cute as well. I love the Xyron adhesive as well. My favorite adhesive & that is by my choice! I like Anna G crafty items also! Keep up the awesome work Linda !

  3. Another beauty to add to your credits! LOL – at first glance I thought the first picture was the after photo………..wondering if I was going to have to say, “Well, now, isn’t that special.”

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