Friday, February 26th, 2010

Organization D.I.Y.: Making Boring Boxes Beautiful with Anne Sage


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by Anne Sage of The City Sage

In the chaos and disorganization of life, there are two constants. One: Polka dots and feathers make everything better. Two: When in doubt, cover it in paper. In a recent attempt to get my odds ‘n’ ends under control, I put both rules to into effect—with great success!

I adore the look of boxes that have been customized using fabric or wrapping paper, but those materials can get expensive. So I grabbed some fabric remnants from a previous project, scanned them, printed the images on regular paper, and used it to cover my box lids. I bought my boxes at OfficeMax and disguised their sides using craft paper, but also try Ikea or an art supply store. Heck, you could even give your old, mismatched shoe boxes a new life!

I’m so thrilled with the result that I want everyone to be able to replicate the look—so I’ve shared a download that allows you to print both of these patterns and their accompanying labels! The PDF prints on 11 x 17 size paper, which covers a medium lid, but you can also print on smaller paper and join multiple pieces as needed. As for the technique I used to cover the lids, just paste the paper in place with a glue stick, then fold and trim the edges as though you were wrapping a present. Happy organizing!


Peacock Feathers

Anne Sage is the founder and editor of The City Sage, an interiors and fashion blog ruled by the belief that a life well designed is a life well lived.

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  1. Sandy says:

    February 26th, 2010 at 9:41 am (#)

    This is a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing the template Anne! I like the dots one a lot!

  2. Tricia Heliker says:

    February 27th, 2010 at 6:32 am (#)

    I adore all those beautifully covered storage boxes but they are a bit pricey if you need a bunch. This is my idea of fun. Can’t wait to make some of my own. I think the labels are what “make” the box.

  3. candy says:

    March 10th, 2010 at 7:13 pm (#)

    so much cuter than boring tupperware containers. thanks so much for this!

  4. celeste says:

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:50 am (#)

    OMG I love the peacock pattern. I have been remodeling an empty room upstairs and converting it as a craft room. I wanted the room Red, white and black. This pattern is perfect for decorating plus it reminds me of my late grannie peacock.

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