I'm a bit obsessed with Pinterest (here's mine) and have been trying out different projects lately. Turning a diaper box into a storage box was at the top of my list, but each pin I saw had different instructions. I gave a few methods a try to come up with my final product:
This is the second (prettier) box I did. You'll see my first attempt in grey in the steps below.
Fabric (amount needed depends on the size of the box)
Glue gun (or fabric glue)
I used a diaper box and I recommend cutting off the top flaps. Also, I taped down the carry hold flaps to make the sides completely flat.
Choose your fabric wisely - I used fleece for my first box. I won't be doing that again. It was too thick, hard to work with and I didn't like it (but it does match nicely with our decor so I kept it). I used a simple cotton fabric the second time with much better results.
Lining? - You can line the inside of the box if you choose. I lined my first box and didn't line my second box. I chose not to line because the second box lives on a bookshelf and is full of blocks. I am planning a third box (shoe box) for mail that I would line as people may see it empty.
Measure your fabric carefully! For an unlined box I recommend these general measurements:
Place your box in the exact middle of the fabric (measure so you don't fall short on one side). Use a pen to mark the corners of the box.
Cut off the excessive fabric (ultimately the fabric will be similar to a plus sign). Use the ruler and pen to measure straight out from each of the box corners. Cut 1 inch from measurements (I eyeballed this part and it came out fine).
Using spray glue, attach the fabric by folding up on each side of the box. For the first two sides wrap the extra fabric around the edge. For the second two sides fold the extra fabric in at the edge.
Last step! Fold over the remaining fabric to the inside of the box and use a glue gun to secure. It'll be different for each thickness of fabric and size box. I used spray glue to position my fabric on the second box and try out a few different folds. I then peeled up the edges and hot glued them down.
I always do carry-on luggage (a near disastrous luggage incident in 2007 converted me to carry-on for life). It used to be easy - two suitcases and two backpacks. We even brought three pairs of shoes each and would be gone for 7 to 10 days. Folding, rolling and tetris-like stacking - we were pros!
Now add a kid to the mix…and a 9 day vacation...
...two suitcases and two backpacks…and a stroller and a car seat!
I had expected a nightmare. I initially thought we'd need ten bags. Kids have so many things and she'd need to be entertained on the plane. Was her toy box too large to be a carry-on? (hey, it seemed reasonable in my most panicked state) Luckily, it was much easier than I thought.
How did we do it?
Planning - Outfits for each day were chosen to match with our planned activities. I've been doing this for years to avoid over-packing.
Utilize luggage features - Use the pockets on the inside and use the straps! I never paid attention to the inside straps, until I did. They are wonderful! They compress your clothes (no more sitting on your luggage to try to close it!).
Diapers - We bought diapers once we got to our destination.
Shoes - Pack your shoes in a bag. This protects your clothes from getting dirty and lets you pack around the shoe more efficiently. I use a small drawstring bag that originally contained a bed sheet set, but I've used a grocery bag in the past.
I did cheat a little and brought a small, empty duffle bag used to bring back souvenirs and gifts. An empty bag is a staple of my packing checklist and this was the first time I used it. The empty bag fits in the outer pocket of my luggage, so I'm not using much space while I gain piece of mind.
Have a great packing tip for parents? Let us know in the comments!