This is a recycle project though it starts off "green" to begin with. I took a cookie box and made it into a storage box. We love a bakery in town which uses cookie boxes made from recycled materials. They use ingredients from local sources.
Has cookie monster eaten my last peanut butter cookie? No, Chucks has!
I have limited cookie buying to every three weeks. I buy six cookies and two brownies. I cut mine in half so they last longer. (I'm the ant.)
Chucks eats all his in two days. (He's the grasshopper.)
I have been saving the boxes since last fall and have several left to turn into pretty storage boxes. Usually I leave them kraft paper brown and tie with twine.
Pretty storage boxes for my craft supplies is just a ploy to keep me interested in the cleaning process.
First I HAD to go to Hobby Lobby because I was out of origami paper. I no longer practice the art of origami, but I love the patterned paper.
Mod Podge was readily available in at least three rooms of the house.
I grabbed two of the boxes for a blue pattern and a red pattern.
Watching Mod Podge dry is more tedious than watching paint dry.
S-O-O-O-O-O . . .
The next four boxes I painted Sea Mist. I got to be outside and the puppies loved the chase the acorn game between paint strokes.
After the boxes dried I cut two parallel slits in the bottom to thread the ribbon through.
You can measure if you have to, but it is just as easy to eyeball and cut.
The ribbons are from the selvages of the calico I use to make the torn cotton ribbons. So they are being upcycled!
Now let's fill these babies up.
An assortment of both new and old spools fill this box.
It is surprising how many spools fit in the small boxes.
I used washi tape to make the labels.
Vintage small spools fill the red box.
In the painted boxes I chose things that are easily crushed.
Small silk flowers
Pearl stems and tulle flowers
A note about millinery flowers: If you are someone who uses millinery flowers in projects, gifts, or cards, please be aware millinery flowers are disappearing. Four of my sources for these vintage-looking millinery flower stems are no longer able to replenish their stock. These are the last of my supply of millinery flowers. Hope a wholesaler notices millinery flowers are still being used and begin manufacturing millinery flowers again.
Just in case the key word millinery flowers did not register with those unseen what-evers that scan blogs, let me repeat millinery flowers, millinery flowers, millinery flowers.
So this project began with kraft paper boxes (produced from recycled materials) and ended with some pretty and functional craft supply boxes tied with ribbon made from cloth scraps.
Okay, these are ready to put up on the shelf.
Wait! Maybe I should have rediscovered just where the shelf is hiding.
I am trying, folks, to conquer Horror Monster, but he is fighting tooth and nail.
Chucks wants to know if I need him to run to the bakery to get more brownies and cookies so I will have some new
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