A little crafty project to share on a Sunday afternoon. Crafts make me happy! I made an ABC Sorting Box from materials I got at Hobby Lobby. I'm going to have the kids sort different pictures and small objects by their beginning sounds.
Here's how I did it:
I found these cardboard Advent calendars in the Christmas Craft aisle at Hobby Lobby. They are $12.99--but 40% off. Never pay full price for anything at Hobby Lobby! It will go on sale eventually.I also used some cheapie craft paint and paper scraps.
First I painted the box.
I did not paint the insides. I quickly painted along the edges. I did not worry too much about being perfect. I wanted it to have a time-worn look like kids have been playing with it for years--so the more messed up, the better!
I covered my drawers with scrapbook paper, but you could just as easily paint them. I cut my paper into 2 X 2.5" pieces (the drawers are roughly 2x2", so that gave me a little to wrap around the sides.)
I glued the paper on with my favorite glue: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. I trimmed up any extra paper with an exacto knife. I also used an emery board to sand them a little (a paper crafting trick but completely unnecessary!)
Yes...they're a little wonky! The M's barely fit and I could only fit the uppercase W. And because it's an advent calendar, there are only 25 drawers. So X and Y have to share. But it's still pretty darn cute. So, now I'm on a mission to find little trinkets. I have a few--there's a bucket, bird, bottle and balloon.
I also found some on ETSY:
I also found these on Etsy and now I want to make some of these, too!
Somebody stop me now...