Welcome back from the weekend. We hope it was fantastic one full of crafting. A huge theme for us this month is organization/storage. At the beginning of the year this is best time to clean house, and get your craft supplies in order. Boxes are a typical storage item that can house tons of items, and since boxes come in all different sizes they make great storage areas to contain your craft supplies. If you are looking for a way to jazz up the traditional box make this rainbow storage box using FolkArt paints. Trenice Bishop designed this project. What we like best about this project is that it not only serves as a place to store your supplies, but with the heart design it can also make a nice Valentine’s Day gift. To see how to make this storage box for yourself find a list of the supplies you will need, along with the complete instructions. What have you done this month to get your house more organized?
In the quest to get more organized, you are going to need the appropriate storage boxes and containers. Unfortunately most stores do not carry stylish storage boxes, but that’s ok. Your crafty, and we here at Plaid are here to help you jazz up your boring old boxes. Organize in style by making this chic wood file box. This box was created by, Kirsten Jones. It is absolutely adorable, and fashionable. See below all the supplies you will need, and instructions on how to make your own stylish storage box.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Pink, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Gloss, 4 oz.
Wood file box, 2 pieces of scrapbook paper- same pattern of desired colors, 1 sheet- black and white dot paper, 4″ wood letter, ¾” paintbrush, Pencil, Scissors, Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Basecoat box with Wicker White, let dry. Paint edges that will show with Pink, let dry.
- Using box as a pattern, cut paper to fit on all four sides.
- Following general directions on Mod Podge bottle, apply paper to box. Let dry.
- Paint letter Licorice. Let dry.
- Using letter as pattern cut dot paper out shape of letter and Mod Podge to surface. Let dry.
- Glue letter to front of box.
Are you a paint chip collector? No one wants to throw them away – you might be able to use them! I discovered this paint chip box at Southern Inspirations and thought it was a really cute idea. It’s a mini-suitcase that uses black FolkArt acrylic combined with Mod Podge and paper . . . then you have a storage container! You can use it for any kind of paint chips, even the ones that you make with your FolkArt colors. Read the entire tutorial here.
Did you know that January is National Organization Month? It’s funny that many of us crafters have “issues” in this arena . . . but I find it’s hard to manage such a large stash! I thought this idea from Cathie and Steve was cute, and I can use it to organize my inspiration on the wall. I can also write myself notes about organizer better. You should know that you can write on that pink surface, because it’s FolkArt Chalkboard Paint. Fun, huh? See the entire project here.
Down here in the South we seem to be starting school before anyone else – it still feels very much like summer here! Unfortunately we can’t ignore that it’s time for traffic, organized sports, school supplies and packed lunches. . . it’s back to school! I thought this project was appropriate for those of you who are parents AND for teacher gifts. It’s a phone message board with FolkArt Chalkboard paint and cork. You can write your messages or you can pin them. Make one for yourself or make one for your child’s new teacher – either way, you keep yourself organized for the busy school year ahead! Visit the full project instructions here.