With the babies on the way, I have to find ways to decorate in the most frugal way possible. And what could be more frugal than free?? Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for super cheap to free Stenciled Storage boxes (using a great Cutting Edge Stencil), with an awesome give-away to follow!
- A plain brown cardboard box- try to choose one without any writing, tape, or peeling imperfections. The better shape that it is in, the better the finished product will look!
- A base paint color- I chose a cream color. For my size box, I used a small paint sample that I had purchased from Lowe’s a year or so ago.
- A stencil color- I chose a light grey.
- A Cutting Edge stencil– I used the Hand Forged Stencil.
- A paint tray
- A small roller
- Adhesive spray
- Fabric for lining the box
Cut off all four flaps.
Carefully spray the back of the Cutting Edge Stencil with the adhesive spray. Let the stencil sit for about 30 seconds, then apply the stencil to the box. I let the stencil overhang on the edges of the box for a more finished look.
Using the stencil paint color, paint the stencil. Using a light coat on the roller is best and prevents leaks underneath the plastic stencil parts. Use several light paint coats until the stencil is covered.
Continue stenciling around the box, matching the pattern as desired.
Let the box dry for 24 hours.
Use your favorite basket lining tutorial and make a liner for the box. I used the Basket Line from Make It and Love It.
I used all materials that I already had around the house to create these stenciled storage boxes at no cost! They’ll be great for storing toys or baby supplies (lots of diapers!).
Would you like to try a Cutting Edge Stencil to spruce up a frugal project of your own? If you need some inspiration, Cutting Edge stencils has an inspiration blog, and they also have great how-to videos, such as this one:
One lucky reader will get to chose a Cutting Edge Stencil with a value up to $50 (includes free shipping!) Use the below Rafflecopter form to enter!
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Andrea @ Decorating Cents says
I like the Outside of the Box stencil.
I love the giant paisley ones!
Ladybird Ln says
What a great giveaway, I love how your storage boxes turned out!
Kara @ Petals to Picots says
Great project, Melanie!!
Jeannie @ Living Loving Crafting says
Love that stencil. Anything cute and cheap goes on my to do list!
Brooke Kenny says
I love the Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil!
Briana Richardson says
I like the damask patterns!
Lovethe Diamond Damask Stencil!
oDiamond Damask Stencil
Laura R says
I love the Missing Link Craft Stencil!
Kimberly @ A Night Owl says
CASABLANCA ALLOVER STENCIL [email protected]
Would love to win this! Great giveaway!
Great project! I’d like to win a stencil! 🙂
Oops – forgot to tell you my favorite stencil. I like the damask stencils.
Veronica Lee Burns says
wow so easy! love the stencil
Deb K says
Vintage Paisley Stencil
Julie C says
I like the Vines allover by Kathy Peterson
I love love LOVE the vision cutting edge stencil!!
I love love LOVE the Vision Craft Sencil!
so cute! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!
The Minis says
Awesome!!! I love it!
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
LOVE your boxes! So cute. My favorite stencil is the Nagoya Allover Stencil. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Zinnia Grande, dandelion
I like several of the damask ones–it’s hard to pick a favorite!
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Breezy Brie says
i like the Harlequin Trellis stencil – for a wall!
McKenzie McClanahan says
I like the Gabrielle Damask stencil 🙂
karen denise [email protected] says
Nadya Damask is on my wishlist!
Would love to try the Paisley Allover stencil in my master bedroom!
Kelley F says
I like the Paisley Allover Stencil.
I love the moroccan ones!
sandra k williams says
i am just beginning to work with stenciling. i like what you did.
Sarah Evans says
Such a cute ans simple idea – I’m thinking of making a pet bed in a very similar way.
Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity
I like the Rabat Allover Stencil .
Aubrey Stacey says
This looks so great! I am going to have to make some of these for the Legos that are taking over our house. Thanks so much for sharing I found you at the One Creative Weekend link party and I love it if you shared over at our link party. It starts on Fridays and goes through the weekend. You can find it at http://www.realhousemoms.com. Hope to see you there.
michelle kelly says
What a great idea! I LOVE the damask stencils!
Stone Cottage Adventures says
What a wonderful storage box! So pretty! Thank you for the idea! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
I love the Zamira Craft Stencil .
Great project !
I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party
Hope to see you there:)
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Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says
I’ve been dying to try the Paisley All Over!
LOVE the diamond damask stencil!
Cate's Corner says
Love the damask patterns!
Rebecca @ Herons Crafts says
This is so cute! What a great way to perk up a cardboard box! Thanks for sharing!
From your newest follower 🙂
I like the TRELLIS ALLOVER STENCIL.
I love the birds on a branch stencil! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!:)
So LOVING the storage boxes!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
I love the Nagoya stencil. Maybe because I’m on a Steelers high from the win today but I could see some perfect pillows for football season at my house.
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So cute Melanie! Glad you got so many entires for your giveaway!
Thanks so much for linking up last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured.
karen [email protected] says
I love the damask stencils!