Rather than let them pile up and fall, I decided to make something that would let them all sit nicely on my desk. A friend of mine recently gave me a gift from her holiday which I loved, but when I saw the box it came in, ideas sprung to me.
(Another problem with me: I see all kinds of potential in things people would just throw to the karang guni man. I like to pick them up. -_-!!)
Here's my craft project then, the upcycled journal box.
Sidetrack: here's the cute gift that was in the box, a colour-changing Snoopy mug! ( I finally got a dog present! )
Upcycled Journal Box
- Decorative paper (mine came from an issue of Flow Book for Paper Lovers. I highly recommend the magazine if you like cutting and pasting paper. Check them out. It's also available at Kinokuniya and Allscript. )
- Stickers (optional)
1. Cut away the portions of the box you don't need. I wanted a curved opening so I drew one on the box and cut it away. I also cut away the side flaps.
2. Place the box on the back side of the decorative paper. Trace out its shape.
If you cut a curve like I did, I recommend leaving roughly an inch allowance. See where my finger is pointing?
Here is why I cut the little 'bricks' for the curve. You will find it easier to press down the paper onto the box if you do so.
Here is the finished box, sitting prettily on my desk with my small journals inside.