Saturday, February 6, 2010

Toile Photo Boxes

While I'm still working on my amazing bookcase*, I'm also working on a few things to go along with it. The main purpose of the bookcase is to house the millions of children's books we have, but lets face it, not all children's books fit nicely into a regular bookcase. That has left me looking for a couple of other solutions to store books in on the bookcase.

I stopped off at JoAnn's the other day to pick up materials for an entirely different, yet to be started project and saw black photo boxes for 50% off. They were a perfect solution for the smaller board books that though Baby Bear is on the verge of outgrowing, I feel the need to keep in bulk. Then I found the PERFECT fabric to give them just a little more custom detail... black and cream toile!!! The bookcase is being painted black and cream!!! And I love toile and don't get to use it enough...

So here are the materials:
  • Photo storage box, or any box for that matter
  • Fabric
  • Spray adhesive 
  • Scissors
  • Something to cover your surface if your yard is covered in 26" of snow and you can't use the spray adhesive outside.
First, lets take a close up look at that toile...

Thankfully - I've got more than one use for this fabric, it deserves more than one use...
Decide what part of the box you are covering, for me, it was just the top. Then I cut the fabric to the width & height of the top plus about 2" to allow it to wrap around.

Apply spray adhesive to the top of the box and the back of the fabric.

 Then lay the box top down on the fabric and turn it over to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. 

(And in case my Mother-in-Law has found my blog, my wedding ring is fine, I just don't wear it when I'm crafting.)

Next clip the corners of the fabric at a 45° angle from the corner of the fabric to the corner of the box, and then wrap the long sides of the box up and around. Then turn the box and fold the fabric in so that when you wrap the short side you have a finished edge at the corners. (You will likely need to spay the box and fabric every so often to get it sticky enough.)
And that is it...

Pop the top on the box and enjoy.



This was such a quick and easy project. It took me all of 5 minutes per box and think they look amazing. You could also add other embellishments or wrap the bottom in a coordinating fabric... the options are endless. (And yes, I'm so temped to hit JoAnn's tomorrow to see if these suckers are on sale and if they have anymore... but as I mentioned above, we've got 26 inches of snow, I don't think I'm going anywhere.) 

Linking up to Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors. 

* Oh, before I forget, the amazing bookcase is taking a bit longer than I thought, BUT it is coming out so well. We're thrilled and hope to have it completed in the next couple of days. It is entirely assembled, we're just painting, sanding, painting, sanding, filling, sanding, painting... ugh.


  1. VERY pretty! That toile against the black, wow!!

    Thanks for linking your project up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  2. wonderful projects i am seeing here.

    barbara jean

  3. Love the toile! Great idea for the photo box!
    Andrea @

  4. They do look amazing! Thanks for the easy tutorial. I forget about using spray adhesive - anything you can spray just goes quicker.

  5. LOVE it!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  6. Those are so cute! I love the design, they look so elegant now.

  7. OK, those are amazing boxes! Love it that you gave a great tutorial also.

  8. Love this and it's a great idea if you want to use a little bit of a more expensive fabric. I love toile, too, and am in my black and white phase, so it works out well!

  9. Great idea! I would like to do something similar to redo several photo boxes I have that have various patterns/colors so they will be uniform and match my current decor. Thanks for the ideas!


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