I have been wanting to decorate my storage boxes for a while now, so last night I decorated one. I use used shoe boxes and other similar boxes to store my supplies in. These are great because 1. they are FREE (well if you buy the shoes) and 2. they can be easily decorated. PLEASE NOTE: plain boxes are NOT good for storing photos because the boxes may be slightly acidic or basic and that can slowly ruin your photos. Supplies can be stored in anything so this is a perfect way to customize your space. I only decorate the front side of the boxes because that is the only thing that is going to show on my shelves (plus it takes less time and supplies!). You can do it however you want.
Above is the before shot. The green box is the one I decorated. This is just a box I got at staples when I bought large envelopes.
This is the after shot. I used some die cuts, patterned paper, and punches to decorate it.
Here are some tips for decorating a box/storage container:
*To help keep the paper smooth on the box, use a brush to apply Mod Podge to the back side of the paper. When you have the whole piece coated with a thin layer, place it on the box where you want it to go. If you have air bubbles, you can smooth them out using the edge of a credit card or a rolling pin.
*Use relatively flat supplies like cardstock, chipboard, etc to decorate the box so that it will not become bulky. This way, the box can still stack nicely on your shelf.
*When you are finished decorating your box, coat the decorated surfaces in Mod Podge to seal and protect the paper.