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Boxes and bins

Explore 64 projects, 33 articles, 7 galleries, 30 videos, and more

Cereal Box Organizer

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Kids' Cardboard Frame

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Children will love crafting this adorable cardboard picture frame.
Materials
  • Cardboard pieces or boxes
  • Box cutter
  • Grid ruler
  • Pencil
  • Photo for framing
  • Frame back (stand) template for your frame size: 8-by-10-inch portrait or landscape
  • Transparent tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tools to make embellishments: hand punches, border punches, scissors, and/or craft knife
  • Premade embellishments: stickers, chipboard shapes, adhesive ribbon, etc.
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Rocky Ledge Bars Packaging

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Piggy Bank

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Save up your dough with this bottle-fashioned piggy bank.
Materials
  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Egg carton
  • Masking tape
  • Ear template
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Newspaper torn into strips
  • Electric fan (optional)
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Craft glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black construction paper (optional)
  • Craft knife
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Souvenir Box

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Gathering and displaying a few treasured things from a trip to France and a vacation in Italy recall the exciting days spent traveling.
Materials
  • Wooden box with sliding lid
  • Glass cut to lid size
  • Utility knife
  • Balsa wood
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Wood glue
  • Fluid acrylic paint
  • Craft glue, museum wax, or pins
  • Materials tip: To exhibit keepsakes that are best displayed standing up rather than mounted, begin with a wooden box that has a sliding lid. Replace the lid with glass (cut to size by a framer).
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Customizing Magazine Holders

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A pile of magazines can contribute to unwanted clutter, but a magazine holder, or a collection of them, can serve as a great storage solution. Martha transforms a plain, inexpensive wooden magazine holder she found at Ikea into an elegant object for her kitchen shelf, using a finishing technique inspired by Japanese and Chinese lacquerware.
Materials
  • Wooden magazine holder
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Palm sander (optional)
  • 320- to 600-grit silicon-carbide sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer/sealer
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint
  • Varnish
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Colorful Crafting Table

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Under-Bed Storage Box

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Those few inches of empty space under the bed are a great place to store extra pillows, sheets, blankets, and off-season clothing such as sweaters. Martha and style editor Tom Tamborello transform an Ikea under-bed storage box into an elegant piece that will look attractive under any bed.
Materials
  • Prefabricated under-bed storage box
  • Paintbrush
  • Wallpaper primer
  • Tape measure
  • Grass-cloth wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper adhesive
  • Pieces of wooden lattice
  • Clamps
  • Oak tag or thick construction paper
  • Leather
  • Utility knife
  • Shoemaker's glue
  • Small brush
  • Canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • 4 large snap fasteners
  • Snap-installation tool (comes with snap fasteners)
  • Cedar plywood, cut to fit bottom of box
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Bread-Box Silver Chest

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