{Tutorial Tuesday} Chevron Shoebox Wall Art

posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I have a habit of hoarding.

Why? I dunno. It's a condition, please don't judge.

In our basement I have a stack of shoe boxes that keeps on growing and growing and growing--the stack has a mind of its own. When I first started to collect the boxes I planned on using them to wrap presents and mail packages--that hasn't happened yet.....

During the third week of One Month to Win It we were asked to make something without spending any moolah. I've been planning on doing a chevron project for awhile I thought I would kill two birds with one stone--get rid of my boxes and finally make something using a chevron design.
-I got my chevron pattern from Sunset Magazine.
-I then covered the shoe boxes in a layer of primer and semi-gloss white spray paint. I made sure to use shoe boxes that had little to no damage.
-Once the boxes dried I then placed the pattern over the boxes and I used a quilting marker to trace the design on the boxes.
-Once the pattern was traced on the boxes I then used painters tape to mark the design.  
-And finally, I used Bahama Sea, Blue Ocean Breeze, and Ivy Leaf Krylon spray paint to make my design. Once it dried I then removed the tape, did a few white touch ups and Voila'!

I totally live by the mantra of "simple" and this is one of those simple projects with amazing results.  
I hung these babies in our bedroom. Aren't they kinda cool?!

Quick trick: to reduce the amount of holes in the wall I used two sided tape to stick the lids to the wall. When they were positioned exactly where I wanted them I hammered a nail directly above each lid. Then I removed the tape and hung the lids back on the nails. kapeesh?

During my "Spring Cleaning/No Moolah Project," I made something old into something new, saved a lot of George Washingtons, covered up an ugly wall, and reassured Hunk that some junk can actually serve a useful purpose.

I would say it was a victorious day for all.

And don't forget to go vote for the final week of One Month To Win It!
Here is where I am partying this week.


  1. What an awesome idea!! Love this!I have so many boxes here as well. I might have to do this :)

  2. That idea is beyond cute, easy and awesome! Great job, and thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so cute! Wow you really know how to get creative!

  4. What a neat idea! Very creative!

  5. is that even how you spell "ingenious"?

  6. This is gorgeousss. Way to make something amazing out of dare I say 'junk'!!! Beautiful!!

  7. FABULOUS! I can't believe how amazing these look!

  8. Not kinda cool...REAL cool!

    Great idea , thanks so much for sharing!


  9. This is great! I love the fact that this was a free project...and it turned out beautifully!

  10. Very creative! I 'collect' so many odd things and put them in my closet for a rainy day. We have lots of these here in Sweden...but I never seem to get them out to create. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Michael at Blue Velvet Chair

  11. So cool!I love just being able to use what I have already!

  12. I LOVED your project! So creative! love the chevrons a ton. :D

  13. This looks amazing!!! I was just brainstorming ideas for all my shoeboxes that I have lined up in my closet...now I might just know what I'm going to do with them all. Love it! I just recently did a Fun Friday Finds dedicated to Chevron over on my blog and I wish I would have had this project to feature. Way to go.

  14. Ohmygosh I could not Love this more! FanTastic!

  15. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over on Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you today! Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  16. these are fantastic! can you PLEASE tell me where that adorable white owl is from? i love it!

  17. These are REALLY wonderful! So super cool, funky, easy,yay! I want to do it too!


  18. Brilliant! the colours are so bright and beautiful ! l-o-v-e it....xo

  19. this is FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE IT. i assumed you used canvas but this makes it that much better!! AWESOME JOB!! Love the colors. I would love to have you link it up to our link party here
    I am a new follower

  20. These are fantastic! Who'd have thought shoe box lids could be so useful?!

  21. Awesome idea! They look so good. :)

  22. Great project. I have this thing with boxes and this is a delightful. Way to go.

  23. This is SOOO cute! The colors look so sharp and spring-y and just so fun! I can't believe you did this with shoebox... no canvas or other super-expensive supplies... awesome!

  24. Shoe boxes??!! Adorable! Now I wish I had been hoarding them! :)

  25. Totally Brilliant!! And I thought it was canvas...I am so going to do this =)

  26. I featured this post on my blog:

  27. Beautiful! I love that you used shoe boxes! I recently made a chevron wall art but I used a canvas. I totally love yours. I thought yours were smaller canvases until I read your post. Very creative! Excellent job :)

  28. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This is a super fab idea! Thanks for sharing and creating such an inspiring blog!

  29. I may have to start collecting shoe boxes! Great job!

    Would love for you to share and stop by my new link party!

  30. Wow that is great!! Now you have made me want to start collecting one more thing....my husband is going to love it. haha!

  31. Thanks for linking up to Calling all Crafters on All Things Fee!

    Hope to see you link up again!

  32. SHOE BOX LIDS???? That's genius! I added your project to my spring project list...great idea!

  33. We are featuring your wall art! LOVE LOVE LOVE CHEVRON! greatest idea EVER!
    Sisters of the Wild West

  34. Oh WOW! I love these! Really fresh! I just clicked over from kojodesigns and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to your wall art if you didn't mind.

  35. I love this project. I thought I was the only one with a box tower!

  36. Wow, these are fantastic and I *love* the colors!

  37. very cool! Thx!

    Stackable shoe boxes

  38. I love this idea! I am going to feature it on Thursday!

  39. I am so mad!! I just threw away a whole bunch of shoe boxes I had been holding onto forever. I couldn't think of anything to do with them. I am never throwing out anything again!! LOL! Thank you for the idea! I will be sure to save all my boxes in the future because this is genius!! And beautiful! Angie @ 221vision

  40. Awesome!! The chevron is amazing.. but the box lids.. that's genius! I loved this so much I shared it on my blog today!! http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-love-of-chevron.html

  41. I LOVE THIS, and I think I might try it tonight! :) Thanks for the inspiration, and have a great day!


  42. This is so cute! I saw it on pintrest.

    I linked back to you today in my Sat DIY post


  43. I just found this via Pinterest. Wow! I wish I would have thought of this before I diyed mine using a canvas. Could have saved some $$. Looks really great!

  44. Love this! I was just thinking of what I was going to do with all my empty shoe boxes - this is it. :D

  45. Such a fun and easy idea! Love it! ^_^

  46. simply pleasing to the eye. i want to try this. :)

  47. New Follower! I love this idea, and this turned out so cute!! OMG, I love it! Great job!

  48. ingenious! Canvas can be so expensive. I am definitely using this idea in the future.

  49. This is a great idea. I just became a follower too!

  50. Great idea!! thanks for sharing. I'm going to realize it for my blank entry wall. just discovered your blog and already a fan of it!!! Laura

  51. I love your project!! I just featured it on my blog! I'm a new follower!

  52. Looks like some new laundry room decor for me!

  53. I just painted some canvases similar to this I posted your link on my website for the real tutorial:)


  54. I absolutely love it! Great DIY.

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  56. I recently did this... SO genius. BUT I can't get mine to stay on the wall!! Tips??

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