DIY // Cork Storage Boxes

08/19/13

DIY cork house storage box DIY cork house storage box

project, photos and tutorial contributed by Kathleen of Snow Drop and Co.

Even though Pinterest is pretty much my favorite way to organize photos and ideas, I always seem to have a stack of magazine clippings and little notes on my desk at all times. The pile can get pretty distracting when I’m trying to get stuff done, so it’s great to have a nice-looking way to hide (I mean organize) the mess.

These cork houses are great storage in two ways – not only can you store your papers and office supplies inside, but you can pin some of your prettier notes and clippings on the outside too! Now please excuse me while I go make a whole village of cork houses for all my bits of paper.

DIY cork house storage box  

Materials:

  • White foamcore
  • Self adhesive cork (available by the roll at hardware stores)
  • Ruler
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cutting mat

DIY cork house storage box

Step 1: Using your exacto knife, cut out the front and sides for the walls of your house. For the front of the house pictured, I drew a 3” square and added a 1 ½” triangle on top. The sides are 3” by 3 ½”.

Step 2: Hot glue the walls together.

Step 3: Cut a piece of foamcore to fit inside the walls for the bottom of the box. Hot glue it in.

Step 4: Cut foamcore for your roof; these pieces were both 3” by 4 1/2” but ¼” was trimmed off one piece.

Step 5: Glue the roof panels together to make a 90 degree angle – the longer roof panel should be glued on top so that the roof ends up symmetrical. Cut two small foamcore triangles and glue them about 1” from both ends of the roof. These will help support the roof shape.

Step 6: You should now have a completed foamcore house!

DIY cork house storage box

Step 7: Cut pieces of the adhesive cork slightly bigger than each wall.

Step 8: Peel off the backing and adhere the cork onto the foamcore wall. Use your exacto knife to trim the overhanging cork. Repeat for the remaing walls.

Step 9: Do the same for the roof. You’ll also want to cover any of the roof’s underside that hangs over the walls.

Step 10: Repeat and make a whole village of cork houses!

DIY cork house storage box

 

DIY cork house storage box

project, photos and tutorial contributed by Kathleen of Snow Drop and Co.

contributor kathleen

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