Few weeks ago I found myself doing something we all do when seasons change and our clothes become no longer weather appropriate – organizing my closet! As I packed my summer clothes away and filled my wardrobe shelves with warm and cosy sweaters, scarves and hats, I have noticed one area that was still neglected. It was a shelf where I keep my bags that was missing a good storage tray.
I have all of my bags lined up on an open shelf which means they easily slide down and get disorganized. Rather than rushing to Ikea, I decided to make my own fun storage tray out of simple and cheap materials, putting my imagination and love for fashion into good use.
• Pair of scissors
• Several old fashion magazines
• Wide scotch tape
• Glue stick
• Old box with low edges (I used Zara shipping box)
Take the box and cut off any unnecessary parts like tuck-in flap.
Secure any loose parts with the scotch tape.
Tear out magazine pages with images you like and cut out images following their silhouettes.
It’s good to have a collection of both large (for background) and small (for details) images. You can choose them according to a theme or a colour scheme, whatever tickles your fancy!
Next take a glue stick and cover the bottom of the box with glue.
Start placing larger images and making sure they adhere well. Once done, see if there are any gaps or seams and glue smaller images on the top.
Continue the same technique on the walls and other side of the box.
Once all images are properly glued, it’s good to have them secured and protected from wear and tear. I suggest using widest scotch tape you can find. Cutting strips of tape the same length as box, line the bottom and the sides of the box with tape so it starts looking like it has been laminated.
Repeat on the other side of the box. And that’s it!
The whole process took me under an hour and I ended up with a cool and custom made storage tray for my gorgeous bags and purses, which I could now organize neatly. Cheap, easy and fashionable – what else could I ask for!