DIY ART FOLDER / BOX STORAGE

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Obviously, I am biased but I think every piece of art or craft made by my daughter is a MASTERPIECE worthy of being in an art gallery. The thought of throwing away her early work made me cringe. I can't. I must save (some) of it...for...no...good...reason.

I wanted to buy her an art folder but really couldn't justify the price of over $30. This folder would hold her artwork at the end of the year and will likely be placed in storage. I goggled DIY art folders and found a lot of folders that are open on both sides and fairly thin. (Grace did a lot of artwork over the course of a year.) I figured that I can craft something on my own because heck, I'm crafty.

1. I didn't originally intend on blogging this DIY but thought it might be of interest to others. I thought of this too late so I missed taking the very first picture which would have been a Chapter's Indigo box. Essentially, I cut it open and laid it flat before cutting the bottom down the middle. I did this to make the box smaller and the bottom stronger (with two layers of cardboard now.) I then taped the bottom of the box together.

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2. Then I taped the sides together. I kept the seam on the back of the box so I wouldn't have to deal with a seam on the front. Plus, it will look nicer.

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This is the top of the box. I sliced the flap so it folds over nicely and cut the corners out so it looks cleaner. Tip: Cut one corner out and then use that as a guide to cut the other side. This is the easiest way to get matching corners without measuring.

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3. I was ready to move on with the box until my partner made a comment that painter's tape is not the strongest tape to use for this project. I scoffed at him but knew he was right. I added some packing tape on top of the painter's tape. Yes, those are strips on bacon on my tape. I have no idea why I thought it was a good idea to buy this tape back then.

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4. The box was essentially done and functional but really ugly. I knew it was going into storage but I really cannot produce something this ugly so I wrapped it with some IKEA wrapping paper. I was going to wrap it differently but realized the animals were going to be sideways rather than standing which would be weird. I added the white electrical tape to clean up all the edges and to make it fancy looking. This step is really unnecessary but I had the tape and really need to start using my inventory...of tape.

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5. I used some velcro tape I had laying around as the closure and added a nice tag. Voila! Project completed in less than an hour. Now this project is ready to be filled with all of Grace's artwork....and....be put into storage. Well, at least, I will know they are stored in something pretty.

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Do you have other solutions for your kid's artwork? Please comment and let me know! I'm always up for ideas and DIY solutions!