Saturday, May 14, 2011

an easy box to make


I made these small boxes out of old book covers.
They are the perfect size to organize small things that I also want to display.
Some of the odds and ends on our workdesks are quite beautiful in their own right.
They need a special container to show them off.


 you will need:

old book covers
a ruler
an x-acto knife
twine, ribbon or strips of fabric
(and I added paper folded and glued over the top edges to make them more "finished")


26 comments:

Becca said...

Kimmie, these are awesome! I'm always looking for cute ways to display stuff in my art room...thanks!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Sweet upcycle, those should last quite a long time. Love your display and seeing your chunky, textured carved stamps. xox Corrine

Nancy said...

This is such a nice way to recycle old books :) Thanks Kim

Terri Kahrs said...

Clever, creative and beautiful!!! What a fabulous way to repurpose an old book cover! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Amy said...

i love
Love
doing stuff with book covers.

yay for you for posting a tutorial, because now i will try and make this box with one of my one jillion encyclopedia covers :)

ELK said...

you are such a great eco artist!!

sharon said...

Great idea Kimmie, and they look fantastic, as well as functional! Thank you!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Fabulous idea, thank you so much for sharing :)

teresaS said...

I must have some of these! Thanks for sharing this great idea. I have plenty of book covers to use so can't wait to make them!

Sarah said...

These are lovely-old book covers have such a lovely worn quality.

sukipoet said...

what a great idea! you are so clever. they are so cute.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Kimmie, these boxes are gorgeous and the instructions are so well done, too. Really love all the things you have added to your boxes, too. I can never get enough good storage.

Suzanne Thomsen Newsome said...

love, love, love! and now I'm also inspired to work on some more carved rubber stamps!! Thx! ~ Sue

Halle said...

Ok..how is it that you are so smart! Wow! Love these too!! Seriously...please tell me that you do silly things at times like forget to cut the tag off a new shirt or leave the house without brushing your hair.

Renee Howell said...

Hi Kimmie - I have an almost unrelated question - the white background in your photos - how do you do that? Inquiring minds..... thanks

ale said...

love love love that boxes!!!! with bookcovers!!!they are so pretty and strong!!!gracias...thanks for this idea so so lovely!!! l will make some sure!!!!!!!!! besosssss kimmie!!!!!!!

Teri said...

Wow...great idea! Where do you come up with these, Kimmie? I think that instead of throwing away some of the books that I have sorted from the move, they might become boxes instead. Great idea!

bad penny said...

These are delightful Kimmie. I may give this a try.

Deb Harvey said...

What a great idea! Your boxes are so cute; I love them! Thank you for sharing...I think I need to give them a try!

Thank you, also, for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. I love your work, too!

emily wierenga said...

wow. i want these. they are extraordinary, kimmie. xo

Judy said...

You are brilliant! Love love your boxes! oxo

~*~Patty S said...

really fabulous
thanks so much for sharing
dear Kimmie!
oxo

*jean* said...

wonderful boxes, kimmie! an excellent re-use project!

Barbra Joan said...

Just found your blog, love , love it.
will examine everything, close up and personal LOL ! must do the book thingy and also I want to put that quote by Martin Luther King on my blog . I feel the same way.. !
Thanks for sharing .. BJ

Nancy Ward said...

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Gez said...

WOW! Truly amazing.. I love your little boxes :)

I've popped over from Elizabeth's blog to say Hi..xx