The other day, while I braved the lines at Costco before Chicago’s polar plunge into -30 temperatures, I eyed a box. After years of teaching on shoestring budget, I’m always on the lookout for the free and the cheap. I needed this box, elbowing a few people out of the way to secure my buried treasure. I kid. I was stepped on a few times in pursuit of this box, but I prevailed.
This sad little box will have a second life as a repurposed book bin.
It may not look like much to you now, but soon, it will undergo a major makeover. Plus, this hopeless cardboard box avoids the landfill, and adds necessary display storage for my massive, and I mean massive, picture book collection. Given that it’s meant to survive through shipping and the perils of retail, I know the thickness of this cardboard will stand up to my children.
- box with a low front and high back from your local warehouse club.
- roughly 3/4 yard of fabric (depends on your box)
- hot glue
- an iron if your fabric was as wrinkly as mine
- Cut fabric panels-all pieces are attached. Be sure to miter your corners (see where the arrow is in the photo below). There is fabric on the bottom of the box as well. I had to iron my fabric, because it was in storage for a long time. Obviously, this was taken before said ironing happened.
I can’t get enough of that owl fabric.
Hopefully, this inspires you to make more storage for your book collection!
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