May 292009

I don’t have a schoolroom. Most of the time I don’t really want one. I like for our school to be just another part of our home. Right now my children do their seatwork in the dining room and the adjoining kitchen. The only reason that I am somewhat envious of those who have schoolrooms is their ability to keep school in one room and not have the rest of the house looking like a school.

This is the baker’s rack in the corner of my dining room. I keep it relatively neat and organized, but when we have guests over I would like it to look less schoolish. I saw on someone else’s blog (that I can’t find now) how she had covered cereal boxes with fabric and was using them to store workbooks.

That gave me an idea. If I put pretty fabric around boxes, then my shelves wouldn’t look quite so schoolish. So, I decided to give it a try.

Obtain an empty cereal box (warehouse club size).

On the short side, measure 3 inches from the bottom of the box.

Draw a line across the front to mark 3″.

Next, draw a diagonal one the longer side of the box from the previous line to the top of the box. Repeat on the other side and then cut along the lines.

Here’s the box after cutting off the top flaps, and along both the diagonal lines as well as the front line.

Cut the fabric wide enough to cover the back and sides with about an inch of fabric to overlap onto the front.

Cut the fabric long enough to cover the back and front of the box with enough extra to overlap about an inch.

I used every crafter’s favorite, Tacky Glue, on the back of the box. Set the box down on the fabric and use a ruler to smooth the fabric.

Put glue on one side of the box and pull the fabric over it. Next smooth with the ruler as with the back. Repeat with other side.

Put glue inside the box and fold over the cloth to the inside.

Cut 2 slits in the fabric to separate the front from the sides.

Fold the remaining triangle of fabric across the side, into the middle of the box, like wrapping a gift.

A close-up of the way the fabric overlaps on the side.

Glue the lower side fabric onto the front.

Repeat for other side. Then glue the front fabric on, overlapping into the box.

fabric covered magazine holder

Here’s the back of the finished box.

fabric covered magazine holder

Here’s the side of my finished box.

Will somebody please comb my hair?

fabric covered magazine holder

Here’s my new box on my shelf. I like the way it turned out. Now I just need to make some more. One thing to note, the large cereal box is not as deep as I need because I want boxes that will hold all my binders. I will be on the lookout for cardboard display boxes the next time I’m at Sam’s. Also, I think a corrugated cardboard would be sturdier. I plan on covering the box  that’s to the right of my new box as well.