How To Make A Storage Tray ~ I don’t know about you but I am always on the lookout for new, innovative and practical storage ideas. Here’s an idea that is inexpensive and re-purposes the lids from paper and Christmas card boxes. I have made several of thee and use them for all kinds of things. You can decorate it to fit your decor too!
Finding the right lids can be a bit of a problem but when you keep your eye out for just the right lid it is amazing what shows up!
Plan to re-purpose what you already have accessible!
I always have my detective eyes ready to discover sturdy and well-sized boxes or lids that I can convert into storage. Here is an example of two different projects that I made into stylish and practical storage for the room we call ‘The Studio’ in the house that is actually the office, craft room and sewing room.
How To Make A Storage Tray…
This re-purposed storage was made from an empty Christmas card box. This is what it looked like before…
Then I used a glue gun to glue some green ribbon all around the side and lastly, stuck some self-adhesive embellishments to make it look a little more decorative.
I store the two storage lids here in a bookcase that also stores various scrapbook decorative items. I use these re-purposed storage lids as a catchall to hold things that don’t quite have a place or need to be eventually put away into their correct place.
You can read more about how I organize my craft supplies here: Inexpensive Ideas For Storing Craft Supplies.
Here is another example of re-purposed storage I made out of a paper box lid that I brought home from work. This is a ‘before’ picture of the lid….
…. and this is an ‘After’ picture after I put the same white ‘Contact Paper’ on the inside and outside of the lid. Then a used white glue to glue a pretty ribbon around the side and glued on some ‘bling’ embellishments randomly around the side to finish off the decorative look.
I use this re-purposed lid for collecting items I need to complete a project or as an organizing bin. For example, when I organize a drawer, I’ll place all of the items in the lid in categories and return the items to their correct location.
Here is a photograph of how I used to collect all of the materials I needed to make the Mother’s Day Craft – CD Case Photo Frame that I wrote a few blogs ago.
I store this organizer/project tray on top of a different bookcase in the studio and just bring it down whenever I need to use it.
By the way, don’t look too carefully at how I put on the white contact paper. I have to admit it was a bit tricky putting it on because it was a bit of a sticky job. But once you put the ribbon and embellishments on, you hardly notice that it isn’t exactly a perfect job.
In the meantime, isn’t this a super simple, super inexpensive, super decorative and super useful storage project? What is even better, I am making use of an already prepared item and just re-purposing it by making it look more decorative and helping our Earth one little step at a time.
Here are some other re-purpose ideas you will want to check out too …
Do you have any re-purposed storage ideas? I would love to hear about them!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are inspired!