DIY paper storage- decoupage cereal box!

Check out this DIY paper storage box! Super cute AND super practical, a great craft project for the kids to get involved in.

Hi guys! HAPPY MONDAY! -I decided to put that in capitals because today marks the start of my birthday week! I turn 20 on Friday- yay!

If, however, you’re not feeling too happy about the fact it’s Monday and would much rather be crawling under your duvet instead of facing the week ahead, I’ve got a lovely little DIY project to get you feeling inspired!

Today I bring you my DIY paper storage. As you may have seen in my recent Paperchase post, I have a love for stationary. However, what I failed to mention in that post was that my love for stationary extends to all things paper related. We’re talking pretty folders, cutely decorated storage boxes; you get the idea.

I love to feel organised and on top of my paper work, and being a Physics student, I have a lot of paper work.

Which brings us to today’s post, my how to DIY paper storage box!

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For this DIY you will need:

  • A cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Paper mache paste and paper (Find my DIY paper mache paste here!)
  • A pen
  • A ruler
  • Decoupage paper or other patterned paper
  • Glue (You can buy specific glue and varnish for decoupage purposes here, or at similar craft stores including Hobbycraft.)
  • Washi tape

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I use the brand Decopatch for all of my decoupage supplies; they offer an amazing range of bright and colourful papers with a variety of awesome designs on, as well as glue and varnish specific to decoupage purposes.

What to do:

  1. Draw a straight line from the centre top of the cereal box to approximately three quarters up the side of the cereal box. Do this on both sides of the cereal box and then cut along both lines to create the shape of your paper storage box.
  2. Cover your box in paper mache. If you’d like instructions on how to do this, check out my post! Leave to dry over night. This will help make the box sturdy and strong enough to hold all your papers! 🙂
  3. Once your paper mache has dried, you can cover your box in pieces of paper! Tear your paper up into small pieces and apply them to your box using the glue, one at a time. Layer them up ensuring there are I used decoupage papers from the brand decopatch. I really like the contrast between the red and the blue paper on my box, but you can cover your box however you like!
  4. Paint the inside of your box, or decoupage the inside in a contrasting paper! I used a really cool pink design I’d found at Bents Garden Centre.
  5. Leave your box to dry over night again, before applying washi tape along the edges to cover up any messy bits!
  6. Ta da! Congratulations on your new storage box!

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I love this idea, it’s a great craft idea for kids to get involved in! It was really fun to make and I love the unique finish of this box. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this simple DIY and maybe it inspired you to get crafty. What have you been making recently? Let me know in the comments, I would love to check it out.  🙂

Maddie.

 

 

Teeny Tiny Stationary Haul

Stationary Haul!

Hello friends! So the other day Jason and I went on a bit of a shopping spree in Manchester. I had the BEST time- I haven’t had the chance to visit Manchester in a few months and I always enjoy myself when I spend time there. If you’ve never been to Manchester, I strongly recommend that you make time to visit this magnificent city. For me, Manchester is the hub of the North West, and offers some of the best shopping in the entire North of England. I could easily blow my entire savings by spending a day eating, drinking and shopping in the city centre.

While we were there I purchased some much needed new clothes (blog post coming soon- don’t worry!), and some stationary from Paperchase. Sidenote: I’m not sure if Paperchase is an international brand, so some of you guys may not have heard of it. It’s basically just a stationary shop, but it has some of the most gorgeous diaries and pens and scrapbooks I’ve ever seen! You should check it out.

Something you probably didn’t know about me is that I am a stationary fanatic. I LOVE the stuff. When that time of year comes around again when I need to purchase some new school supplies, I practically leap with excitement. For me, very few things are as satisfying as a new notebook with fresh, empty pages just waiting to be filled.

But enough about my love affair with stationary items. While we were in Manchester I purchased this gorgeous llama notepad, shown below. (I couldn’t find this on the Paperchase website anymore sadly! I’m not sure if it’s sold out. I did however find this beautiful notepad, which is pretty similar and equally as gorgeous).P1230221

I’ve been wanting a nice notepad since starting this blog, as I thought it’d be a good idea to have somewhere where I can write down all my ideas for blog posts and recipes in one place! After much deliberation- they have soooo many beautiful notepads- I finally settled on this one. I love the embossed feel to the front cover, and it feels so sturdy! I’ll be able to throw this little guy in my satchel and go, without worrying about it getting bent or ripped.P1230220

Plus, it’s just adorable isn’t it? Everybody loves a llama.

As well as my notepad, I purchased this super cute writing set. While I’m away at university I love to write to my grandparents; they don’t have the internet so it’s really nice to be able to keep in touch through our letters. I also love the whole thing of letter writing; sitting down and taking the time to write about my week is a much more thoughtful method of communication compared to just sending a text. Even now when I receive a new letter in the post from my grandparents, I get little twinges of excitement in my stomach.P1230223

This writing set came with 30 beautifully printed sheets of paper and 15 matching envelopes, along with some labels. I love how it’s a little drawer! It’s so lovely.

I also got a great birthday card, but I can’t share that with you incase the person reads this blog! I’ll be sure to show you after the birthday though, because it is so adorable!

Anyway, that’s all folks, at least on the stationary front. I told you it was a teeny tiny haul! But I hope you enjoyed it.

Have you been buying any stationary recently? Do you share my weird obsession? Let me know!

Hugs to you all,

Maddie x

One month of blogging!

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Wow, that went fast! A Little Mad Smith is one month old today (can we get a hip hip hooray?) and I just wanted to share a little post to say thank you so much to all my lovely followers and readers of this blog. Your support over this past month has meant the world to me- I am over the moon to see that my blog has been received with so much love all over the world! I never would’ve thought that people in hometown would have been at all interested in my craft projects and recipes, let alone people on the other side of the globe! So thank you to all who have shared, liked and commented on my posts, and thank you, yes you, for taking the time to read this.

I hope I can continue to produce content that you find interesting, entertaining and inspiring. I already have a thousand crafty ideas and tasty recipes that I am dying to get stuck into and share with you all in the near future, so I do hope you stick around!

As a little celebration of our one month birthday, I’ve put together some of my favourite posts from over the past four weeks. I hope you can find something that inspires you to get crafty and try something new!

Fabric Flowers DIY– This is one of my favourite mini sewing projects of all time. I love the vintage look of these and they’re a great method of using up excess fabric. I also think that they make a beautiful addition to any handbag.

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DIY Photo Holders- This DIY was a super simple project that produced great results! And all you need is a pebble, some paint and a bit of wire. What could be better?

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Peanut butter and Chocolate Cupcakes- I cannot describe to you how good these tasted, but believe me when I say, they were goooood. Like, seriously, you need to try these.

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DIY Patchwork cushion cover– This beautiful DIY is a great project for those wanting to try out patch working, and its a great way of using up scraps of fabric. I love how this turned out.

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Domino’s style cookiesThe inspiration behind this bake was my favourite fast food cookies. Served warm, these soft squishy cookies are truly divine. Why not give them a try?

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DIY painted glass lanterns– This DIY is a great project for the kids to get involved with. A great way of using up excess jars, my DIY glass lanterns are the perfect addition to any evening garden party.

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Drawstring bag DIY– Drawstring bags are so useful and so versatile! My drawstring bag DIY gives a simples method for making your own drawstring bag that can easily be adapted into a child’s PE kit bag ready for back to school.

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Well there you have it guys, just a selection of some of my favourite blog posts from over this past month. I hope you enjoy them if you didn’t see them first time round, and please let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see up on the blog over this next month! In the meantime, remember that there’s plenty of other projects to keep you busy in the craft and food sections of my blog- why not have a look?

I’m always looking for new ideas and crafty inspiration.

Hugs and best wishes to you all,

Maddie x