Monday, December 8, 2008

Occasional Brilliance!

On occasion, rare though they may be, I am capable of true brilliance! Today I had one of those moments - brilliant, I tell you! I was working on decorating the guest bathroom with a few baubles. And one of the things I was trying to find a place for was this box >>>

The body is red corrugated paper over cardboard, and the lid is the lovely snow lady print above. A few years ago hubby used it to wrap one of my Christmas presents, and I haven't been able to part with it, so I always find somewhee to put it - usually in the guest bathroom. It's also pretty handy for packing up some of the many little knick-knacks I use at Christmas time - many of them gifts from my former preschool Sunday School students.

Sorry to interrupt this message, but there's a lovely red-bellied woodpecker visiting the feeder not 6 feet from where I'm sitting! I just love watching my bird feeders!

Anyway, back to the box. So a little while ago I was trying to decide where to put it this year, AND where to put the ugly non-holiday looking tissue box I keep on back of the toilet.


Then it came to me - why not make a decorative tissue box that I can keep year after year and NOT have to wonder where to put it! Genius! So here's what I did:

1 - carefully using a utiliy knife, cut a slit in the corrugated side of the box about 3 1/2 to 4 inches long by about 1/4 to 1/3 inches wide.

2 - cut 2 strips of green cardstock just slightly shorter than the slit and about 1 1/4 inch wide, scored about 1/8th inch from the edge.

3 - glue these two strips inside the box, with the two 1/8th inch sies resting on the cardboard inside the slit to cover it.

4 - glue a couple of strips of ribbon (mine is red with green Merry Christmas) on either side of the slit.

5 - glue a couple of green buttons to cover the top and bottom of the slit.

6 - open the old tissue box and remove the tissues, place them in the new issue box

7 - pull the top tissue through the slit

8 - place the lid on the box

And this is my finished product >>>

Don't you just love it when you 1)have a great idea, 2) it's really easy to do, and 3)you have something pretty and useful when you are finished?
So, now it's back to the real world of laundry (last load is about to go in the washer) and washing dishes (Christmas dishes are out of the closet (lol) and in the dishwasher). And then it will be time to start dinner - hamburger stroganoff, noodles and green beans - such an inspired menu, lol! Blessings everyone! Becky


Anonymous said...

Great idea and so lovely done!
Pat x

T in MD said...

Bravo! That box is relly cute! Love the buttons! Becky You are just the most creative person I know!! Could you send some creative vibes my way? Hugs ~ Teresa

The Whispering Poppies said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it! Thank you for visiting my holiday blog party! =)