Thursday, October 16, 2008

Project Idea: Altered Vertical Organizer
By Nathalie
Suggested materials:
- USPS Flat rate box (new or used)
- large scissors
- white paint
- coordinating papers (3 to 4 12X12 sheets)
- various alphas (such as AC Thickers)
- black ink
- black pen
- embellishments (brads, flowers, stickers...)
1/ Cut the flat rate box as shown.
Stand the box with the opening side up, measure from the bottom up 12 1/4" all around the box and cut. Then, from the top front corner mark the 4" points on the top edge and going downward. Trace a line going from one point to the other and cut as indicated by the dotted line. Repeat on the other side. 

Alternatively, you can put your box next to a Cropper Hopper to trace the angle.

2/ Cover all markings and red corners with white paint.

3/ Now pick the papers you want to place on the sides and on the front and cut them slightly smaller than the box. You can then adhere them to the box.

4/ Add embellishments. I cut a big flower from my paper, cut it in half and traced and cut it from 
another paper to create one big flower going on the side but you can use anything at this point to make this your own. I added Thickers on the front to indicate what will go in my organizer. Two other flowers cut from paper and brads finish the front of my box.

5/ Since my box is going to sit at the end of my shelves, I also added something to one side of it. i just inked in black some random chipboard letters (great way to use leftovers!) and applied them to the lower part. Finish off with some doodling if you choose and you're done! You now have a unique (and economical) organizer which can be used for lots of things. I am planning on making more for my cardstock, kits and papers!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!


Tammy C said...

This is so cute! I have been thinking about altering some of those boxes but haven't gotten around to it, but after seeing yours I'm movtivated. It looks really cute! Thanks Nathalie!

Chrissy said...

This is a FANTASTIC idea!! Love it!

Transparent Touches said...

Nathalie, this project is awesome! What a great way to organize scrap stuff and make it so cute!!

Bessie said...

Wow, this is fabuluous, never thought that the boxes that I throw out every month can be so more throwing those boxes :-)

Carrie said...

This is an awesome idea and cheap! How creative!

Jackie - aka funhockeymom25 said...

LOVE it!!!! i am definitely going to do this!! THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Just picked up some new boxes at the Post Office & was just going to cut them but your idea makes it soooo much cuter! Definitely will have to do this. Thanks!

barb in gilbertsville said...

Love it and a great way to recycle!

Taryn said...

Love this project! I've got so many of these boxes, I'll definitely be making these!

Sandy said...

I love this idea, I'll definitely be doing this!! I store all my kits in Priority boxes, this will make them look so much nicer!!

Angela said...

This is such a great idea. I have plenty of these sitting around here.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

What a creative idea! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Please do not use new boxes - that could be a violation of federal law if you read what is printed on the side of the box, also - who do you think pays for the post office to provide those boxes? Great way to recycle a used box though!