How to: Easy & Elegant DIY Wood Veneer Box

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but I like giving them just as much. And by making a  reusable box to place items in, you can make the giving experience that much more beautiful. This wood veneer gift box is easy to make, and your recipient will be able to continue to use it. Or, just whip up several of these for your own personal storage. They look amazing on a desk or shelf, and are a great way to store craft and office supplies!    Continue Reading

Make It: Fold a Simple, Beautiful Paper Box in Seconds

Are you ever in a pinch for gift wrap? A sack? A box? Don’t freak out if you ever need to wrap a present on short notice again. Folding a box from paper creates a unique and lovely way to gift to friends and loved ones!      


Folding a box from paper never looked so easy. Visit CreativeBug for the full tutorial! Box size – *Makes a 4.75? square x 2.5? tall box

DIY Paper Box Tutorial by [CreativeBug]

How To: Make a Simple DIY Fabric Storage Basket

created at: 03/04/2013

We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.      

I decided to use pellon, a common material at fabric stores that adds cardboard-like stiffness to just about any fabric that can be ironed, giving you the freedom to match the design of the room! Continue Reading

How To: Make Colorful DIY Felt Storage Boxes

created at: 06/07/2012

It’s no secret that I have an on-going love affair with felt. Add my obsession with little boxes and storage containers to the mix, and this DIY project is a no-brainer!   

created at: 06/07/2012

Jessica from the always fabulous and inspiring How About Orange created this easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own small storage containers out of that craft store staple, felt. Download her template and check out the instructions right here. (I imagine you could even make a larger version or one from a different material following the same basic template!) Continue Reading

Secondhand Chic: Turning a Backgammon Game into the Most Awesome Pencil Box Ever.

created at: 04/14/2010

So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn’t really fall into the how-to’s category, which was ‘The Bathroom’, unless, of course, you’re in the habit of sketching in the tub. Continue Reading

Holiday How-To: Origami Box Ornaments.

I think Creature Comforts wins my very, very unofficial award for best DIY holiday projects this year. Nearly every day of the yuletide work week this December, they’ve offered some very fine holiday how-tos, many with free printable patterns and art, as well as all kinds of free alternative gift wrap options and gift tags.

So, to give Ez and crew a final round of applause, one more great project from Creature Comforts: DIY Origami Box Ornaments designed by Samantha Miller. Continue Reading

How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that’s just plain fun.DSCF3311.JPG

“Whether you’re off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don’t forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po’boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant Altoids “tin” lunchbox from cardboard to fit anything you want.” Continue Reading