Picture box shelves

Your bedroom need never be a mess again, if you make some picture box storage shelves!

You will need:
  • two empty shoe boxes
  • cardboard box card
  • sticky tape
  • PVA glue
  • pencil
  • tissue paper or kitchen roll
Take two empty shoe boxes and place one on top of the other.

Tape them together using loads of sticky tape, to make it really strong.
To give your shelves extra strength and support, draw around each of the sides and the bottom of your shelves onto the card and cut them out.
Cover the back, top, bottom and the sides in the cardboard box card.

Use lots of strong glue to stick it into place.

Tape around the edges as well, so that the card is very secure.

These are the basic box shelves.
When you’ve taped cardboard onto both shoe boxes, you’ll have something that looks like this.
To turn these into picture box shelves, you need to design some pictures for their fronts.

Draw around your shelves onto some more cardboard box card.
Mark on the card where each end of the shelf is.
Take the box away, and draw in the shelf as a guide across the middle.
Now decide on a theme.

Draw the pictures for the top and the bottom and the sides of your shelves onto the cardboard box card.

You must not go over the bottom line or the shelves won't stand up!
When you've drawn your design, cut it out.
Tape the pieces onto your box using lots of tape.
To strengthen your picture box shelves even more, mix some PVA glue in equal parts with water, and paste it onto your shelves.
Add on strips of kitchen roll or tissue paper, and then paste more PVA/water mixture over the top again.

Cover all of the joins and shelves and even the bottom, the back and the inside.

Go over the whole thing, including the picture parts.
Leave it to dry.

Before you paint it, you might want to draw the pictures back in.
Paint it using poster or acrylic paint and leave to dry.
There you have a picture box storage shelf, to keep all your bits and pieces in!

You can design any picture box shelves.

How about one with a sport or animal theme?

And you don't have to use shoe boxes - a few smaller boxes stuck together will do.

Try it yourself!

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