The days of creating dioramas from shoeboxes may be over, but there are still plenty of great DIY projects you can make by repurposing empty boxes. With a little bit of paint and paper, dress up your empty walls by turning shoeboxes into decorative shelves. Perfect for lightweight items, get creative and display some of your favorite pieces such as small vases, found objects, trinkets or frames. Use different sized boxes and a variety of colorful paper to create your own one-of-a-kind display, customized for your home. Display a single shelf or cover up an entire wall. The possibilities are endless when you DIY. Plus, you now have an excuse to buy more shoes.
Follow the steps below to make your very own.
• Shoebox or Photo Box (pick one with thick walls. The thicker it is, the sturdier the shelf will be)
• Spray Paint (for the base color of the box. I used gold)
• Decorative Paper (for the inside wall of the box)
• Glue Stick
• Screwdriver and 2 Screws
• Cut your decorative paper to the size of the back wall of the shoebox. We will be attaching it to the inside of the box so make sure it fits perfectly inside. Set aside.
• Spray paint the inside and outside walls of the shoebox to cover up any logos it may have.
• Once it is completely dry, attach the box to the wall with a screwdriver and nail. For extra sturdiness, screw another nail on the other side. Tip: Hanging the box vertically will be more sturdier and will be less likely to cause a dip on the ledge of the shelf if you display heavier objects.
• Apply glue to the back side of your paper and attach it to the inside of the box. By attaching the paper once the box is already hanging on the wall, the screws will remain hidden.
• Display your favorite (lightweight) decors and you're set!
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