Camo Duct Tape Box

My husband is coming come tonight after being away on business for two weeks, and I have a LOT of things to do before his flight gets in at 11pm. My plan was to go run my errands, come home, clean the house, finish the laundry, supervise homework, have dinner, get some outside chores done, and somewhere in there try and look nice for my returning husband. Well, I ran my errands. This is where my plan went awry.

I will admit, I have a junk problem. At least it is a cheaper habit than collecting shoes or purses. When I was out running errands, I thought I would stop by just ONE little thrift store. I did so well I went to another. And another. Then I had some ideas about aforementioned junk, and ended up at Staples and Hobby Lobby. Sigh. I did go to the grocery store, but after I got the groceries put up I had to do just one little fixer upper.

My youngest son absolutely loves hunting and guns and knives and camouflage…since I drag him to all of my junk spots, I don’t mind that he has started collections of his own. Problem is they are scattered all over his room. I thought this $1 metal box would be a great place for him to store some of his collections.


When I was at Staples I spotted this digital camouflage Duck Tape. Perfect! I covered the box with it, and used a razor blade to cut out holes for the hardware. It took maybe 5 minutes, and the whole project cost around $5! I can hardly wait for him to see it!


Mod Podged Vintage Shoeshine Kit

I found this vintage shoeshine kit this weekend at the flea market for $4. My first thought was to use the box for something else, but then I decided that it would be great to have a dedicated place for our shoe polish, because that is something that we really don’t use that often, and when I need it I can never remember where it is! When I decided to do this project today, I finally found our shoe polish in a bag stuffed in the back corner under the vanity in the boys” bathroom. I don’t think I will forget about my shoe polish now!
Here is the box before:

I really couldn’t figure out what to do with this thing. I googled some things, and saw one over at Lift Truck Projects that I LOVED, but it was too primitive for my kit. So I just went ahead and put a coat of flat black on it. I thought and thought about this thing, and could not get inspired to save my life. Then I saw some adorable old shoe polish advertisements, and decided to try my hand at decoupage!

I don’t think I have decoupaged anything since maybe the third grade, but what the heck! I printed out a bunch of images, cut them out, and put a little spray adhesive on the backs of my cut-outs so I could try out my placement. Then I ran to Hobby Lobby with my weekly coupon and bought some Mod Podge and some old looking paper to line the inside. I cut the paper to fit the inside, coated it with Mod Podge, and lined the inside. Next I coated the backs of my cutouts and positioned them on the box. I then coated the entire box with a pretty thick coat of Mod Podge, let it dry, then coated it again. When it was dry, I used a razor to cut through the cutouts on the side of the box so I could open the box. I loaded it up with our shoe shine stuff, and I think it looks really cute!







*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks