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“Music Box” Solution

Hi everyone!

I have a fast and simple project for you today, that turned out darling if I do say so myself.  Another hot spot in my house is the piano.  I have a piano in my bedroom where I keep all my books, but I've been teaching my children to play the piano, and they play other instruments as well so we've had issues with books being scattered and getting damaged since there isn't a bookcase by the piano in our family room.



I decided I needed a box, but of course wanted to dress it up a bit.  I got looking through my left over ribbon and came across this luscious ribbon from May Arts,

365-2-10 black/ivory 2" solid stripes.  Perfect to make it look like staff music.  I was so excited to put this together, and will now share with you the juicy details.



The box is simply a collapsible canvas type, you can find in the office section of the store or by the furniture that has cubby's that you can put these boxes in.



I used some Zips clear adhesive lines (high-tack, hot glue alternative) and lined the back of the ribbon.



This stuff is really sticky so I only uncovered half of the backing and pressed the ribbon firmly to my box, and then removed the other half in order to have it not stick to everything else but the box.



For the black pleated ribbon, 379-15-10 (satin pleats) love this ribbon, I actually put the adhesive right on the box just underneath the seamed edge and then pressed the ribbon on.



Next, I took a music stencil, traced and cut out the notes from some black glittered cardstock.  I traced them on the back side.  Make sure you turn your stencil over so when you cut them out your notes will be the right direction for the black side to face out.



I used Crafter's Pick, craft glue on the music notes to glue them to the ribbon and the box.  It worked great.



I also used some glitter letter stickers attaching them to some ivory cardstock and then glued this to the black pleated ribbon for the finishing touch.


 There you have it, an adorable "Music Box" solution.  Whether or not you have this same problem, I'm sure you can come up with a simple box solution for another hot spot in your home.  Thanks for joining me, Andrea Miller, and the May Arts team.  Hope to see you again soon.



Blog Post By: Andrea Miller

  1. Lucy

    What a great project! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Lucy

  2. Casey Marie

    I love this project. So simple, yet so very functional & great looking at the same time.

    I have, well what my husband calls an unhealthy obsession for boxes. LOL

    Being an online seller I need boxes of all types to ship items, right? I also need many boxes of different sizes/styles to store items in my studio.

    My obsession for boxes has come to the point that when I saw a pile of moving boxes at the end of someones driveway I wanted to go back & snatch them up… lol.
    That was the day my husband decided it was an unhealthy obsession, lol.

    Ive created cute storage boxes out of shipping boxes (USPS offers them free). Simple coat of paint or mod podge of paper/fabric w a few embellishments & wallah, perfect addition to my room.

    Thanks for this idea, I will be putting it to use!

  3. Pam Loris

    What a fabulous box! Love how you decorated it! I have some of the striped and pleated ribbon, different colors, but I love them! I’ve been needing a box of some sort to put my clear stamps in. I’m going to use this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. jen shears

    beautiful solution & great tutorial!! 🙂

  5. Charlene

    Great idea, Andrea…love the striped ribbon for the musical notes.!!

  6. Karen K

    Very cute.


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