It's almost tax time! Are you storing your tax receipts in a shoebox? Would you like to make that shoebox a lot prettier? Or, do you want some storage boxes but find the ones that look great are more money than you want to spend? It's really quite simple to make a useful and attractive storage box with a hinged lid using a shoebox, some contact paper, and some nuts and bolts.
Some idiot (me) forgot to take pictures while making the boxes, so I'll try to explain from the finished products.
Cut a slit in the corners of the box where you want to make the hinge. If you want to cover the shoebox with contact paper, don't add the nuts and bolts at this time.
Cover the box with contact paper. The easiest way to make this look nice is to cover the outside, then cover the inside, to cover up the seams. I measured the contact paper and used an exacto knife to cut the pieces for the insides to exact measurements.
Measure, and drill three small holes at equal lengths through the lid and the box. Use nuts and bolts to secure.
You end up with a super-sexy industrial-looking storage box, for less than a dollar's worth of materials.