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Make Upcycled Storage with Scraps, Bandanas and Duck tape

Updated on June 24, 2014

Funky purchase to funky fun mini CD/bookcase

This lens will outline the steps involved in assembling a DIY storage box from scraps.

Some time back, I fell victim to that most sad dilemma of having made an unwise buying decision. I've made a few. This one is one of my current favorites of my all my past shopping mistakes. It was, when I originally bought it, a tall spinning DVD storage tower, assembly required, naturally.

That should have been my first tip off that this was a no no. Shop, build, bleed and learn was the lesson. That was about three years ago. Fast forward to today, and what's left of it is the spinning base, that I'm finding most useful, and a bunch of fake wood slats that the DVDs were supposed to sit upon.

Since the thing never spun right and was just too big for our space, Mr. Vix gave it a quick tearing apart and salvaged for me what he could. Sweet! Now, what to do with all these equally sized pieces of cheap, veneered, particle board?

Image credit; All images, save those from Amazon, are my own original photographs.

Scrap storage with bandannas and duct tape
Scrap storage with bandannas and duct tape

Let's build something.

Bandannas to the rescue!

This was so super simple to do. All you need is five equally sized pieces of particle board, wood or something similar, a bandanna or some scrap fabric, Duck Tape, Mod Podge and hot glue.

Obviously, you could use the following directions to assemble a similar system in the colors of your choice. I went with this bohemian looking flower pattern for a funky, fresh vibe. A simple changing of the tape pattern would give an entirely different look.

In hind sight, I should have used the pink bandanna. I think it would have looked better. But, the directions work well regardless of my boo boo in color choices on this one. And, I'm sitting on a large stack of these slats, so I'm sure I will get another chance.

Check out the picture tutorial below to see how fast and easy it is to do your own, in a design you chose.

There is no end to what you can do with a little duct tape and some imagination.

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects: Fun and Funky Projects for Fashion and Flair
Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects: Fun and Funky Projects for Fashion and Flair

Written by Marisa Pawelko, this resource is jam packed with the cutest projects you can imagine.Her projects work for any age, but her flair will be greatly appreciated by teens and tweens. The fact that the crafts she presents here are way frugal with fashion quality results will be appreciated by moms.

 

Construction documentary - Funky junky to funky fun functional.

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First off, strike through the two boxes. I thought to make compartments within, but changed my mind. I'm notorious about doing that once I get into something. Even the best laid plans always land me somewhere that is else. You need five pieces of "woBecause the slats are uniform, meaning all the same size, a square shape is a snap. Hot glue the side pieces to the bottom and top pieces. I left the veneered parts facing inside so I would not have to line the box. You could just as easily reverse iWhen the glue has dried and set well, two or three minutes, lay the box on the bandanna. Center the pattern. Pull up and fold over just as you want it to look. Use bulldog clips to secure the fabric in place while you use the glue gun to glue down alI diagonally folded over the sides, but it is totally optional.When it is all glued down, grab the patterned tape of your choice. You could just as easily use fabric or ribbon for this step, if you wanted.Go all the way around the interior covering the edge of the fabric, in this case a bandanna.To make the shelf, I wrapped each side end and the bottom of a wood slat in Duck Tape. Hot glue was applied to the sides and it was slid into place. I wanted my shelf to sit low, but you could do this at any height you want. You could also add multipTrim up the outside with some ribbon. I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge to this ribbon to keep the glitter from getting all over the house.Mod Podge the entire thing inside and out. Go over the tape as well as the fabric so you don't have to worry about anything peeling up in the future.Let it dry overnight. Yahoo! You're all done. Fill it up! I put in some of my favorite tunes and some Mercedes Lackey books that I simply adore. What do you want to display?
First off, strike through the two boxes. I thought to make compartments within, but changed my mind. I'm notorious about doing that once I get into something. Even the best laid plans always land me somewhere that is else. You need five pieces of "wo
First off, strike through the two boxes. I thought to make compartments within, but changed my mind. I'm notorious about doing that once I get into something. Even the best laid plans always land me somewhere that is else. You need five pieces of "wo
Because the slats are uniform, meaning all the same size, a square shape is a snap. Hot glue the side pieces to the bottom and top pieces. I left the veneered parts facing inside so I would not have to line the box. You could just as easily reverse i
Because the slats are uniform, meaning all the same size, a square shape is a snap. Hot glue the side pieces to the bottom and top pieces. I left the veneered parts facing inside so I would not have to line the box. You could just as easily reverse i
When the glue has dried and set well, two or three minutes, lay the box on the bandanna. Center the pattern. Pull up and fold over just as you want it to look. Use bulldog clips to secure the fabric in place while you use the glue gun to glue down al
When the glue has dried and set well, two or three minutes, lay the box on the bandanna. Center the pattern. Pull up and fold over just as you want it to look. Use bulldog clips to secure the fabric in place while you use the glue gun to glue down al
I diagonally folded over the sides, but it is totally optional.
I diagonally folded over the sides, but it is totally optional.
When it is all glued down, grab the patterned tape of your choice. You could just as easily use fabric or ribbon for this step, if you wanted.
When it is all glued down, grab the patterned tape of your choice. You could just as easily use fabric or ribbon for this step, if you wanted.
Go all the way around the interior covering the edge of the fabric, in this case a bandanna.
Go all the way around the interior covering the edge of the fabric, in this case a bandanna.
To make the shelf, I wrapped each side end and the bottom of a wood slat in Duck Tape. Hot glue was applied to the sides and it was slid into place. I wanted my shelf to sit low, but you could do this at any height you want. You could also add multip
To make the shelf, I wrapped each side end and the bottom of a wood slat in Duck Tape. Hot glue was applied to the sides and it was slid into place. I wanted my shelf to sit low, but you could do this at any height you want. You could also add multip
Trim up the outside with some ribbon. I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge to this ribbon to keep the glitter from getting all over the house.
Trim up the outside with some ribbon. I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge to this ribbon to keep the glitter from getting all over the house.
Mod Podge the entire thing inside and out. Go over the tape as well as the fabric so you don't have to worry about anything peeling up in the future.
Mod Podge the entire thing inside and out. Go over the tape as well as the fabric so you don't have to worry about anything peeling up in the future.
Let it dry overnight. Yahoo! You're all done. Fill it up! I put in some of my favorite tunes and some Mercedes Lackey books that I simply adore. What do you want to display?
Let it dry overnight. Yahoo! You're all done. Fill it up! I put in some of my favorite tunes and some Mercedes Lackey books that I simply adore. What do you want to display?

It's raining bandannas! - They are everywhere.

Some of the coolest looking halter tops, bohemian skirts and braided belts I have seen this summer all started as bandannas.

All the bandannas displayed below are in value packs. When crafting or even looking to put together that perfect Friday night ensemble, it's ten kinds of annoying to not have a match. Buying bandannas in value packs is much more cost effective than singles.

Kids love them. They make great party favors, stocking stuffers and book covers, as well as the traditional head wraps, scarves, ponytail wraps and instant belts.

To junk or not to junk, that is the question.

Do you try to find ways to repair or reuse damaged items?

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The look of bandanas is so popular.

From the classic paisley print to the newer themed bandannas sporting skulls, dragons, and even Hello Kitty, bandannas are everywhere. I don't think they are going out of style any time soon.

Bandana Notebook Journal
Bandana Notebook Journal

This is the coolest notebook journal. I love the bandanna look on the front. It's brand new and won't even be released until July 25, 2013.This would be great for anyone headed back to school or off to college. Often times, students get bogged down and/or a little discouraged, perhaps even a bit overwhelmed under the stress of academia. Having a cool looking notebook brings in a touch of personal style that can be a small comfort surrounding the not so small ideas.

 

Alternatives

So far, mine is just sitting around hanging out. This could be easily mounted on a wall. More pieces could be used to make bigger storage systems and of course, more shelves could be inserted. It's really up to you.

Too cute video explaining how to do your hair with bandannas.

Easy to understand, really cute presentation with an upbeat vibe.

Here's how to cook up your own mini storage unit from some wood scraps, Duck tape and a bandanna.

I love the idea of taking scraps, junk really and turning it into something usable. Look around. I bet you have something destined for the trash heap that would work.

It's pretty simple to do, dirt cheap and who has enough storage? Not me that's for sure.

Great for teens and tweens, first apartments, dorms or crafting storage check it out.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 55 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • five equally sized pieces of wood or particle board
  • 1 Bandanna
  • Pattern duct tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. Use four pieces of the wood to form a square shape. Glue the sides to the top and bottom.
  2. When dry, center the box you just made over the bandanna.
  3. Pull up and clip the fabric to the box with bulldog clips to hold it.
  4. Hot glue the bandanna to the box.
  5. When dry, duct tape the interior seam line.
  6. Duct tape the sides and bottom of the last wood slat.
  7. Insert it into the box affixing to both sides with hot glue.
  8. Trim it out with ribbon.
  9. Apply Mod Podge to the entire thing.
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The directions are free to anyone to use or print for personal usage. Please, do not copy in whole or part for the purposes of republication online or off.

What are your thoughts on upcycle crafting? - To try it or trash it?

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