Be green while you clean. Create a stylish storage box out of cardboard

Accent pillows and throw pillows are an easy way to make a living room or bedroom feel cozier, but what if you want to set them aside? Instead of tossing them into a corner and creating more clutter, stow them in a stylish storage box. This box made from cardboard and scrapbook paper is a budget-friendly and eco-friendly alternative to buying ready-made storage containers.
This storage box takes cardboard bound for the recycling bin and gives it a new purpose. To further reduce waste and purchases, take a look around the house for any decorative paper you already have before rushing out to the hobby shop to buy scrapbook paper. Wrapping paper, scrap fabric or even a collage of old photos are all beautiful and personal ways to decorate this storage box.
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Materials
- Scrapbook or other decorative paper, four pieces
- Cardboard, four pieces the same height and width as the scrapbook paper
- Square cardboard base piece, the same width as the scrapbook paper
- E6000 glue
- Painter's tape
- Glue stick
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Instructions
1. Glue the short edge of a side piece of cardboard to the base piece using the E6000 glue. Hold the pieces at a 90-degree angle with a piece of painter's tape while the glue sets.
2. Put a line of glue on one vertical edge of the side piece, and then along the adjacent edge of the base piece. Place a second side piece next to the first. Repeat until you've glued all the side pieces to the base. You should now have a box with five sides. Allow the glue to cure. This may take E6000 glue between 24 and 72 hours.
3. Use a glue stick to glue a piece of scrapbook paper to one side of the box. Apply the glue liberally. Repeat until there is scrapbook paper on all four sides of the box.
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4. Fill the completed box with throw blankets, pillows or other home accessories.
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