With the spring cleaning season just around the corner, you might find yourself with a few extra shoe boxes lying around. In this article, we’ll show you how to put those boxes to good use by mounting them on your wall as a display for your kitchen or living room.
Put Shoe Boxes On The Wall With Thumbtacks
What You’ll Need:
- Your shoe boxes (original shoe box is recommend)
- Pre-cut thumbtacks
How to Do
Step 1: Using a ruler, measure the length of your box. In this example, we’ve used a shoe box with dimensions of 5″L x 3″W x 2″H.
Step 2: Using a pencil, mark the left side of your shoe box with the number 5.
Step 3: Using your thumbtack gun, put one nail into each hole in the number 5 area. You should be able to get at least five nails in each hole when you reach all four corners of each side.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the opposing side of your shoe box. In this example, we used a 5″L x 2″W x 3″H shoe box.
Step 5: Put your box on the wall where you’d like to display it. Leave the knots of the tacks sticking out about an inch away from the wall. You can then hang all of your box ornaments using each nail as a hanger.
Put Shoe Boxes On The Wall With Nail
What You’ll Need
- Shoe Boxes
- Pen or pencil
- Nail or screws (optional)
How to Do
Step 1: Measure and mark the placement of your shoe boxes on the wall. Remember to leave a little bit of space between each box so that they’re not too crowded together. If you’re using a ruler, you can help yourself out by drawing out straight lines with a pencil or pen as you go along.
Step 2: Drill pilot holes into the places where you’ll be attaching your boxes to the wall. This will make it easier for you to secure them with screws if necessary.
Step 3: Mark along the edge of each shoe box with the tape. This will keep the boxes aligned so that they look neat once you’re done.
Step 4: Start taping your shoe boxes to the wall. Staple the first box at one end so that you can secure it with nails or screws if necessary.
Step 5: Continue taping shoe boxes to the wall until you’re satisfied with the placement of them along the line you drew out earlier.
Step 6: If needed, use a pencil or pen to remove any excess tape that might be sticking out below where you begin taping your first box to its neighbor’s box on either side.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 on the other wall.
Step 8: If you’re using a single row of boxes, pat yourself on the back for a job well done! You can also add more rows of shoe boxes to your wall if you’d like.
Put Shoe Boxes On The Wall With Tapes
What You’ll Need
- Shoe boxes
- A hand saw
How to do
Step 1: Adjust a shoe box on a wall
A shoe box has a flat bottom. If you place the shoebox on a table, then its bottom just touches the table. Two sides of the box have slanted sides toward the top of the box. When you put all this together it means that if you open up a shoebox on a table, it’s slanted toward you so that its upright backside is higher than its front side. So if you mount an opened shoe box vertically on a wall, it will naturally assume this position and lean away from you. If you want to, you can even put a shoe box on its side on a wall. Because the open end is against the wall, the box will lean away from you just like if it were on its other side.
Step 2: Measure a wall
Measure a spot on a wall where you want to put the box. To do this, take a box out of its box and lay it on a flat surface, horizontally. Make sure that the opening of the shoebox is facing up towards you so that the slanted sides are on top. Then fold down one side of the shoebox so that it can stand vertically against your measuring surface. Now measure from the top of the shoebox to your measuring surface, and use this measurement as your cut line for cutting off one side of your shoe boxes.
Step 3: Put shoe boxes on wall
Now that you have your shoe boxes all cut up, place them against the wall where you want them to go. We suggest that you place them in a row, like this:
Now, take your pencil and mark the lines on the shoe boxes where they’ll fit together. These marks should be close enough together to fit your shoebox between them. Find the point where the shoebox fits best against two adjacent shoe boxes. Use tape to hold it in place there, and mark this spot with a pencil for an easier way to put the box in later on.