Beat The Container Store

A tiny little shelf to compartmentalize my bathroom medicine cabinet is not, as the Container Store would have me believe, worth $5.99 or more, especially because I am picky and it is not likely to be to my exact specifications. The days I have spent searching for exact specifications almost equal the days I have spent searching through an assorted basket/bag of makeup for the right thing. Enter: the weedwacker.

Well, more specifically, enter the coated Black and Decker cardboard box that the weedwacker was delivered in. I cut off one end and trimmed it up, securing the sides with packing tape, until it resembled this:

Then I used a glue gun to cover it with a scrap of a scrap of blue fabric, making folds as I went to avoid fraying ends. Now it resembles this:

 Ways this is better than the Container Store acrylic shelves:

It is cuter.
It has a solid top, so things are not teetering around.
It has a fabric top, so things are not sliding around. 
It is blue.
It is exactly the right size for the space.
It was free. Well, except I always burn myself on hot glue. Always.

If you’re short on fabric scraps, old pillowcases and sheets are a great place to get started. Then you get cavalier and can cut up anything. And do use coated cardboard, because it is super strong and will commit you to the cardboard movement. For those of you who think that cardboard is too flimsy to do anything substantial, try tearing a sheet of it with your bare hands. Go ahead, try.

Come back tomorrow for making boxes to fit a set of hanging drawers!

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