4.16.2010

Thrifty Thursday & A Maid Marian Transformation

At work we are having a Trash to Treasure contest in honor of Earth Day.  The object of the contest is to create a piece of artwork or something functional from items that would normally be throw into the trash.  Since I am on a home decorating kick, I decided to create something functional.  I started with an empty stick butter box and cereal box.  See here mid-project.



I trimmed the lid off the butter box. Spray painted the interior of the box with American Accents in Black (semi-gloss).  Then I wrapped the box in a leopard print fabric scrap using Spray Mount and my trusty hot glue gun.  The fabric was left over from a bench re-upholstery job a couple of years ago.  I used a scrap of black grosgrain ribbon, twine and buttons from the junk drawer to make the decorative accents.

With the cereal box, I removed the top of the box and cut the widest sides of the box on the diagonal to create a magazine holder.  Just like the butter box, I painted the interior of the box and wrapped it in the same leopard print fabric and ribbon. So for an investment of just my time, I have the beginnings of a nice office set.


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11 comments:

  1. Cute and clever! Love the leopard print. I will so have to make these.

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  2. No you didn't! That is way cute!

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  3. Very clever girl. Your link caught my eye because my name is Marian as well. I don't run across many of them. Nice to meet you! :)

    How many times in your life have people sung "Maaaaaaa-rian, madame libraaaaaa-rian" everytime you entered a room?

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  4. Now this is definitely trash to treasure! What a clever project and such a great way to utilize those old boxes. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired this week - when you get a chance, please add a link back to the party. Thanks! Chelsea

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  5. Stylish, functional, and recycled...I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!

    :) T

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  6. WOW! I love how this turned out. I think I will make something like this for my kitchen counter to hold my spare papers, mail, etc. I love that you turned this trash into treasures!!

    Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow! Love this! Just what my daughter needs to help organize the desk in her room...only in zebra LOL

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  8. Very smart! They turned out great! Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!
    ~Rebekah~

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  9. it is really cool, love the idea!

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  10. Very clever...looks great!
    Susan
    http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/

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  11. Super idea - So clever. I would have never guessed! They look fabulous! Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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