Thursday, 11 February 2016

DIY: Turning old packaging into gorgeous decor pieces.

I love DIY! I am not sure if you know this, but my blog actually started as a DIY blog. I used to make jewellery, other accessories and anything else that I came up with. Being creative is a big part of my life. I don't have much time for any projects while looking after two kids and breastfeeding, but... I have been dying to upcycle two cardboard tubes my We Made Me baby carriers came in and I think I did pretty well, don't you think? Emma Bridgewater inspired homeware anyone? I am sooo, soo pleased with these! I used two techniques to cover the boxes in the print. One is super simple, one requires a bit more effort.

Here's what you will need for this DIY:
-an old tube shaped box (I used my We Made Me Pao Papoose and Wuti Wrap boxes)
-something to decoupage with (I used Emma Bridgewater Napkins)
-white paint (unless your box is already white)
-Mod Podge (or clear glue and varnish)
-old bag to cover your work surface

How to:
-paint your box with white paint and let it dry, it might need more than one coat.
-cut out the amount of paper you need to cover the box
-cover the box in Mod Podge (or glue)
 -place the paper onto the box
-apply one more layer of Mod Podge (or varnish)
-let it dry

Not gonna lie... as the surface I was decoupaging was big and round, it was a bit tricky and it's not perfect, but I am still happy with the way it turned out.

I am using the boxes as 'vases' at the moment, but these are not waterproof obviously, so I put regular vases inside :) I will probably use them to store bits and bobs or kitchen utensils in the future.

 Et voila! How lovely! And if you can't be bothered with decoupage, you can simply wrap the box in fancy paper and seal it with clear tape, like I did with the one on the left with the floral design. Easy peasy!

I have a slight obsession with Emma Bridgewater, so these fit in nicely with my decor and with the pieces I already have in the same patterns.

Have you ever tried decoupage?




  1. Such a creative idea. There are so many things we could upcycle & I need to attempt more crafty DIY

  2. These are so so pretty! I really wish I could find the time to do more crafting too, I keep meaning to turn my old vintage sheets into cot sheets for Ada.

    Catherine | Lady Liquor

  3. Really cool! So creative. I'll have to try this out.

  4. This is such an excellent idea! They look so pretty, I do love a bit of upcycling :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog


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