January 20, 2010

Decorative Baby Wipe Box

Raise your hand if you are tired of looking at your diaper wipe box. Me too! I came up with this idea when my first son was born. After looking at his diaper wipe box on top of his changing table in his perfectly decorated nursery I decided that I needed to make it something worth looking at! Sure enough, almost three years later, we are still using the same wipe box. I still love looking at it! Now that boy #2 is on his way, I wanted to make one to match his nursery. With a little Modge Podge, cute paper and a little creativity, you can create a diaper wipe box you will love. And the best part? It only takes one nap to complete! (About 2 hours.)

Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Patterned Paper (as many as you like, I used one 12x12 and a few scraps)
Solid Colored Cardstock (again, as many as you like, I used scraps of 5 colors)
QK Dies (I used convertible KS-0995, double star RS-0617, Blossom Classic Alphabet BLOSSOM-G, and nesting circles CC-CIRCLES-01)
Any other embellishments you want to add (I used buttons and thread)

Step One:
Make your pattern. Simply lay a thin sheet of office paper over the sides and top of your box, then carefully trace the edges of the box. Cut out and retrace until you have exactly the right dimensions. This step is the hardest part of the project—it took me three tries to get it right

Step Two:
Cut your patterned paper. I wanted to keep my box fairly simple, so I cut the front, back and sides from the same pattern. I used a different pattern for the top.

Step Three:
Modge Podge the paper to each side and top. Allow a few minutes to dry (I waited about 15 minutes)

NOTE: If you want to distress the edges with ink do it before you Modge Podge your paper. If you want to outline the papers like I did, wait until step seven.

Step Four:
While you are waiting for the Modge Podge to dry, cut out your QK shapes. I cut the word "Wipes" from Blossom Classic (I am using this font throughout my little one's room, so I wanted everything to be the same font.) I cut the convertible to match the patterned paper. The wheels were a little bigger on the paper, so I used nesting circles to create larger wheels. I then cut stars to mimic the paper as well. For the top I used the nesting circles again to create a little monogram spot. I added the outside of the double star and another star to decorate the "J".

Step Five:
Now here comes the fun part! Use Modge Podge to adhere all of your QK shapes.

Step Six:
Wait until it dries completely. This part is crucial! If you rush to the next step you will ruin your project!

Step Seven:
Put on the finishing touches. I outlined some of my patterned paper with a black Sharpie (you must do this after the Modge Podge dries. If you do it before the Modge Podge dries, it will smudge your marker lines). I also hot-glued some buttons onto the stars.

NOTE: I pre-threaded my buttons before gluing them onto the stars.

People thought I was crazy for doing this, but it really makes the diaper box a part of the room d├ęcor instead of an eye sore! I also decorated one for a little friend of ours who was starting kindergarten. I filled it with school supplies for her homework (crayons, pencils, erasers, etc.) She loved having a personalized box to keep her homework supplies away from her younger siblings. The best part was that she didn't know I repurposed a diaper wipe box!

Thanks to our designer Maegen Jenne. She did such a great job with a perfect idea for any woman with wipes! That means mostly all of us. Watch for more ideas from our design team to come!