Curbly Video Podcast: How to Turn a Take-Away Container into a Decorative Storage Box

created on: 06/06/08

Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!

The supplies you’ll need:

A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Craft knife
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and scissors
And newspaper

What you’ll do:

  1. Remove the container’s handle.
  2. Open the container and flatten its folds.
  3. Lay newspaper in a well-ventilated area, place the container (right side up) on the newspaper and spray with adhesive.
  4. Carefully lift the container and remove the sticky newspaper from underneath of it and replace it with clean newspaper.
  5. Then, apply your paper.
  6. When the adhesive has dried, cut off the excess paper with your mat and craft knife.
  7. Using a large needle, re-open the holes.
  8. Re-fold your fabulous new decorative box and install one metal brad in each of the original handle’s holes.

And you’re done!

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