It is that time of the month again when I join my friends and we bring to you our unique projects from all over the world. Yes I am talking about the International Bloggers Club, but this time I have a surprise. We have changed our logo because there are more blogging friends that are joining us.
Last time we got together we had done a project on pebbles and rocks. This time around we are doing a different theme each month using the anniversary gifts by year as our guideline. So if you are up on your anniversary gifts you will know that the first year is paper. This time around I am going to share how to make practical cardboard paper cubes for storage.
But before we start with the project let me introduce our new bloggers. First off we have Marie of The Interior Frugalista. Marie is from Canada and is a wiz with furniture transformations.
Next we have Eleanor of Just Ella Bella. Eleanor is from South Africa and her blog is full of wonderful craft ideas!
Then there is Leanna from Of Faeries and Fauna. Leanna is also from Canada and she shows us how to make a pretty home on a small budget.
And finally we would like to welcome Evija from From Evija with Love. She hails from the United Kingdom and is originally from Latvia. Evija loves to craft and work on her new home.
And let's not forget the original crew. Katrin of KreativK, who hails all the way from Germany but is now living in the south of Spain. Katrin is an expert at easy stylish decorating ideas.
Michelle of A Crafty Mix, a South African blogger who creates the most imaginative crafts you will ever see!
Pili of My Sweet Things. Pili lives on the idyllic island of Mallorca and makes lots of fun DIY projects.
And yours truly, The Boondocks Blog, who moved from Greece to hectic New York a year ago.
As you can see we are truly an international bunch!
Now a little bit about this project. It all came about because my sweet pup, Tatou had an obsession with looking out our living room window. For a long time we had a loveseat so he would perch up there and enjoy the view or bark at all the passers by. But the time came when we had to give the boot to that old sofa. This left Tatou with no place to perch. Certainly his butt did not fit on the window sill.
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So I came up with the idea of buying a KALLAX from Ikea. I tilted it over and placed it against the wall. It was a perfect fit under the window. This became Tatou's new perch! Problem solved! However, the Kallax is a storage unit and I wanted to place storage cubes in the openings. Most that I had seen were made of this cheap polyester material. I needed to come up with something practical so if he were to accidentally (most likely) chew them, it would not be a problem.
What I Used:
This was my solution. Simple cardboard boxes.
I hemmed and hawed over what to use to cover the boxes. In the end I opted for a very simple look using this kraft paper. Well actually it was left over from when we had painted a room and used it to cover the floors. But regardless, humble is best in this case!
Using liquid glue and scotch tape I secured the paper onto the box. I am not going to show the process since it was very easy. In fact I've done something very similar here.
For the top openings, I covered some old magazine files in this gift wrapping paper which coordinates with the kraft paper. I've also done it with maps.
I carried the same theme throughout with the shoe box that hides all the small games.
And of course it wouldn't be fall without a few pumpkins in the mix!
See that little paw in the background?
My paper storage cubes were done!
And the best part? Because those boxes are the right size and fit deep into the openings he cannot pull them out and chew them to bits! That's also why I didn't add any handles. He's a tricky little fella! This makes grandma Mary very happy because I'm usually the one who has to clean up the mess!
Happy pup! He can spend hours up there watching the world go by!
Now if I didn't have a pup and he was better behaved I would have done this using fabric for a more elegant look but for now I will go with this practical idea.
You just never know where your next project is going to come from or who will inspire it. This may seem like a small job but it was a very real concern for me and I had left those cubes bare for a long time.
With this practical solution everyone is happy! I get storage and Tatou gets to perch! I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make practical cardboard paper cubes for storage. Does your pet make a mess like mine or is it just that he's still young?
And now scroll below to see what my pals from the International Bloggers Club are up to. If you'd like to see more past challenges click here.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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