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Clementine storage crates

Clementine Storage Crates

A little while ago (and by a little while ago, i mean a year ago *coughs*) I was organizing my studio back in Virginia, and i had been slowly collecting cute storage pieces, like little wooden boxes, and crates, and baskets etc.

As you know, i hate waste, and i’m pretty serious about recycling as much as possible. Obviously i couldn’t throw out these adorable Clementine crates from the grocery store. I had been storing them for ages trying to figure out the right what to do with them so i wouldn’t have to throw them out – when it hit me they’d make pretty cute quirky storage boxes. YAY! A can of spray paint later, and a quickie little cover from some vintage fabric and I had a bunch of new little storage crates for my shelf.

It may sound silly, but somehow pulling a tool or notion out of a cute box makes me smile. And these made me smile a lot! So this is basically my little punt to encourage you to rethink throwing out cute little boxes :) You might be able to find a good use for them!! Reuse for the win!

ps. thank you so much for all of your suggestions and encouragement about knitting yesterday. Like wow, seriously. I had no idea there were so many other options – i feel really encouraged and empowered to keep going. Thanks everyone, you really are the best – i’m so very grateful for your input, and all of the resources and supplies suggested!! XOXO

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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11 years ago

I knew I shouldn’t have gotten rid of the clementine crate we had! lol. Although the last couple ones got a bit gross in the bottom (the problem of buying a whole box and only two people in the house… :/). But will have to keep this in mind for future acquisitions! :)

11 years ago

I love these, too! I have one upstairs that I use as a toiletries organizer. Great minds? ;)

11 years ago

genius! love it!

11 years ago

Very clever and cute idea!!! I also agree, pulling tools and notions, or anything for that matter from a cute storage box is somehow fulfilling ;)

11 years ago

haha, i keep those too! but i hadn’t thought to paint them or add the fabric lining. time to upgrade mine!

11 years ago

Thanks for the great idea. I never know what to do with these and always hate to throw them away.

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So cute!