Reuse or Recycle!!

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Recycling is a great habit.  Reusing is more fun as you tickle your mind with ideas.

Especially, when you clean home you will find all those fancy stuff you haven’t trashed assuming you will use it one day 😉

So something like that happened and I found iPhone box. I love Apple products, they not only design beautiful products, but their packing is also eye-catching. They use nice white boxes and very sturdy.

So, I kept it aside and brainstormed for a while on how it can be used.  The first thing that came up was to use it to store jewelry. But I wasn’t comfortable in just dumping the stuff and create clutter.

Then after a while  a fun project popped in my mind. Yes, “Travel Jewelry box” and  since I am repurposing, I wanted the rest of the material used also be recycled material or something you otherwise trash.

And the result is this handy little jewelry box to easily stow in your purse or suitcase.

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Isn’t that fun to make, you can carry few earrings, rings, a bracelet, a chain and a watch too 🙂

Though it took a while for me to figure out the materials,but once you have all of it gathered,it is doesn’t take more than 30 minutes 🙂

The first thing is go and search your phone box 😉

Step 1 : Empty all the stuff inside and keep the base and top and the thin plastic lid is optional. However, it acts as an extra cover.

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Step 2: Now time to create a compartment/divider, that helps to store all types of stuff. It is optional to have the divider. You can just make a rings & ear stud holder.

For the divider I took a piece of floral foam brick(already on hand) and cut it to the size of the box. You can also use a piece of thermacol or and old id/credit card. I used a contact paper/self-adhesive sheet to cover it.

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Step 3 : Creating a crease to hold the studs and rings. I used a packing foam sheet(already on hand). Cut the foam sheet little larger because I wasn’t sure of perfect rolls. Once rolled, glue the ends. Let it sit for a while. After drying take all the foam rolls and trim of the edges with a kitchen knife. Now place the foam rolls as shown below.

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I was quite happy with the natural foam color as it matches the jewelry case, however you can always lay a layer of felt or matching fabric on top. Make sure you keep the creases as it is important to hold the jewelry in place.

Step 5: Now push the foam rollers and stick the divider base making sure you don’t have any vacuum.

You can as well add a nice button/acrylic bead/ bottle cap on the top of the box. Since I wanted to use this as travel case, I  prefer it plain.  Just to make sure I open the box easily, added a piece of t-shirt fabric to the bottom of the box( as shown in the below pic)

Step 6: Lastly, you don’t want it to look like a phone box so cover it with self-adhesive liner(already on hand or you can buy from dollar store @ Shelf liners section)

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Ta-dah!!! My new love and something cute to show off  jewelry.

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Have a great day!!

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About Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby, an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and finally settled @ The Grand Canyon State in 2012. Our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

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