I have something a little different to share today. I used a Truvia Box to make an Upcycled Paper Craft Project.
So many products that we purchase, come in really cool packaging. The packaging could be altered to make something or parts of the packaging can be used to make something completely different.
A group of my crafty friends have formed a Crafty Destash Challenge. You know how crafters are. We buy tons of “stuff”, because it’s cool, new, or on sale, but we don’t really have a purpose for any of it. Some of the stuff we don’t even buy, it’s a by-product of something else.
Let’s get serious, here. Raise your hand if you have a collection of clear jars, egg cartons, Starbucks Frappaccino bottles, Altoid tins, coffee cans, or milk jugs. I’m right there with you!
So for the Destash Challenge, I thought I would use one of those things that I had been saving and finally do something with it.
Truvia is a sweetener like Sweet N Low or Splenda, and the packets come in these cute boxes. The first time I bought some, I thought….ooh that box would be great for SOMETHING.
I was inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, which is Greenery. I had a Die Cuts With A View Paper Stack called Emerald Garden that was also part of my stash. Since the Truvia box is green and white, if part of it shows, it will blend in with the green paper.
How To Make This Upcycled Paper Craft Project
No matter what type of project you want to upcycle, the steps are basically the same. You will want to cover the surfaces with paint, ink, or paper. My last upcycle project was a Toilet Paper Roll Octopus.
Think outside the box. You don’t have to use scrapbook paper. Wrapping paper, paper bags, decorative paper napkins, newspaper, maps, and sheet music would make interesting coverings.
I used E-Z Runner Tape Runner Adhesive for this project, but if you are attaching paper to metal or glass, you will want to use something like Mod Podge.
I started by measuring all of the sides and flap on my box. I cut the paper 1/8″ smaller. I used 3 different patterns to create some interest. After covering all of the sides, I hand cut a medallion out of one of the papers, and layered a fabric flower and a sparkly gem to the center, using glue dots to hold them.
This video will show you how I covered the box from start to finish.
This was a pretty simple upcycled project. Measuring and cutting the paper took the most time. Small projects like this are a great way to give upcycling and altering a try.
I’m happy to report that all of my materials and supplies came from my stash. One project down, 1765 to go!
Check out everyone else’s projects to see what they did to Destash their Craft Stash!