Check out this fun Ballard Designs-inspired project from reader Nikki’s Nifty Knacks: silhouette boxes. Don’t you just love this kind of ingenuity? Instead of spending $30 for the Ballard boxes, Nikki created her own. She used papier-mache boxes she had on hand and covered them with sheet music paper and silhouettes. You can usually find paper boxes at craft stores, or you can find a reasonable substitute at the dollar store. This would be a great stashbusting project to use what you already have on hand: maybe shoeboxes and scrapbooking paper or leftover gift wrap? [click here for how to make silhouette boxes] [thanks]

Project Estimate:

  • Papier-mache or metal box, $1
  • Scrapbook paper or sheet music, on hand or $1
  • Silhouettes made out of paper, on hand (make them yourself)
  • Ribbon, $1 or on hand
  • Mod Podge, on hand

Total: $1 and up

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