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Creative Storage Containers

Easy ways to create attractive storage from "cast-offs" from your house or those you pick up at garage sales.

Approximate Time 30 - 60 minutes



  • containers
  • spray and craft paint
  • paint brushes
  • crafting stamps or stencils
  • paint pens
  • sponge
  • small silk flowers
  • paper or fabric trim
  • ribbon scraps
  • scissors
  • glue


  1. Pink Basket: This was an old wicker lunchbox and is now my sewing basket. Spray painted pink, then craft painted on the flowers by just dabbing the brush on the basket to make circle-flowers and leaves.
  2. Dark Green Container: This old wooden tool carrier is now a CD holder. Brushed on dark green craft paint, then stamped on pictures of watering cans and birdhouses. Outlined watering cans and birdhouses with gold paint pen and sponge painted a frame around each side with dark brown and white.
  3. Light Green Container: This old candy box now holds panty hose and knee highs. Painted the box sage green, glued paper trim around the edges, and glued small silk flowers and ribbon bows to the top.

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

Creative Storage Containers

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August 6, 20070 found this helpful

Really adorable sewing box. Well done!

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By Mary Wilson (Guest Post)
August 6, 20070 found this helpful

Wow...super looking. Would have never thought of that. :) Mary

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By Marty (Guest Post)
August 6, 20070 found this helpful

I love that box! I press all my garage sale tins into service to store sewing supplies.. One Whitman's sampler box holds my thread spools while another has my ribbon for ribbon embroidery. A Fossils wallet box keeps my bobbins. The best part is you haven't invested a lot of money in fancy equipment which anyone can have. Nobody has one like yours.

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August 7, 20070 found this helpful

how clever. I just love your idea

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