Another Easy DIY Project…Nursery Catch-All Tray + Storage Box

This is a great project to re-purpose some of your baby’s receiving blankets that are no longer in use (or have never been used!).

I received a lot of these as baby shower presents. I DID use all of mine…receiving blankets are so versatile in design and function that we used them for many practical purposes (funny, they were rarely used as a blanket!!).

We used our receiving blankets as an added layer of protective sheet in Miguel’s bassinet, changing table, and crib. We used the smaller sized blankets as burp cloths–they covered more ground than the typical burp cloths sold in baby stores. Of course, we also used them for swaddling. But because Miggz was a summer baby, we didn’t really swaddle him a whole lot (and I think he hated being swaddled as well).

I actually bought a new set of receiving blankets at Ross. I liked the design because they go well in my son’s safari themed room. And the price for four blankets cannot be beat at $5.99!

For this project, you’ll also need some shipping boxes (I get to re-purpose my trusty Amazon shipping boxes yet again). You’ll need a shallow box for the catch-all tray, and something a little deeper for the storage box.

If you know how to wrap gifts, then this DIY project will be a walk in the park. One tray literally took me less than ten minutes to do!!

The first thing you need to do is to neatly cut off the top flaps of the shipping box. Save them–you will need them for later use.

Next, place the shipping box centered on top of a sheet–design side out. You will wrap the outside of the box and its inner walls (but NOT the inside bottom) with this sheet. If your sheet and box are the perfect size for wrapping…you won’t even need to do any cutting (as was the case for my first tray, but I’ve had to cut the fabric for my storage box).

The trick is to neatly fold the blanket in the proper places as you wrap the box. I used some glue stick to keep the sheet in place. If some excess fabric flows into the bottom of the box, that’s OK. Simply glue or tape it down…it will not be visible once you are done with this project.

These next photos show the progression of this project.

See what I mean about needing those top box flaps? Just tape them together, then wrap it in a different fabric. The covered flat piece becomes the bottom of the tray/box, hiding all the uncovered, taped-up parts.

The finished products are as versatile as the blankets! They can be used to store practically anything…and you won’t believe they are re-purposed shipping boxes!!

Neat huh?

The catch-all tray can hold magazines, books, puzzles, art projects, etc.

Its use can certainly go beyond the nursery/toddler’s room.

I used the finished storage box to hold some of Miggie’s most-used toiletries.

I used one of the trays to hold a tub of wipes and some Pull-ups.


It’s Cold at Six in the Morning

Remember when you were pregnant and you registered for all those receiving blankets? You frequented layette boutiques and couldn’t resist the sets of small, super soft and cute mini throws. You stopped by baby stores and picked up some blanket sets yourself. You got them as baby shower gifts because you registered for them. And you got them as baby shower gifts even if you didn’t register for them.

Fourteen-plus months later you now possess a gigantic pile of striped and non-striped, safari-printed and polka-dotted flannel baby blankets, fluffy miniature comforters, and fun fleece throws that could easily rival your own linen collection.

Of course your son ends up absolutely hating being under the covers. He could be so sound asleep, and the second you pull a comforter over his body, his legs instinctively and instantaneously lift up like a zombie and land outside and over that blankie.

We left the bedroom window open last night to let the cool breezes in. Te and I are on opposite sides of our bed, flanked by one single comforter up to our necks. Miggz, on the other hand, is lying asleep in the middle of us, obviously not caring that his whole little body is resting on our blankie. It’s times like this at six a.m. that leaves me wondering,

“What on earth did I want all those baby blankets for?”

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