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“When are we going to make princess crowns?” This is what I hear as my four-year-old daughter, Adalyn, comes into the kitchen where I’m slaving over a gourmet meal of hot dogs and mac and cheese. This was the first I was hearing of the request to make princess crowns, but that didn’t stop her from making it sound like I was behind on meeting her demands.

While I don’t normally give in to her requests so quickly, I remembered that I had just purchased some pink wrapping paper for another project (see below) and thought maybe I could kill two birds with one stone (that’s such a morbid saying).

So, I got out the wrapping paper, some rainbow duct tape I bought for the cheap storage boxes I was going to make later in the week, and I began creating a princess crown.

First, I cut a strip of paper and measured it around her head. Then I put a strip of duct tape on the top and bottom of the strip to reinforce the designs I would cut out later.

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I quickly Googled what a crown looked like and tried my best to replicate the design. She wanted it to be “sparkly,” so I found some sequins in my craft box and helped her glue them on.

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Here’s a picture of my little princess sporting her wrapping paper crown.

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After hers was complete, she decided we should make one for her little brother who was napping. I used some boyish paper I had in the closet and box tape instead of duct tape for the inside. He was excited to be included when he awoke from his nap, but decided he would be a pirate king. He’s saying “arrr.”

asa the pirate king

So, there you have it. Cheap crowns that were probably trampled by the next day. But anytime I can cheaply indulge my little girl’s imagination, I am willing to try.

Cheap Storage Boxes

My daughter’s closet had become a disaster of knick knacks, old clothes and puzzles that were taking up too much room and were not easily accessible. So, I decided I wanted to find some storage solution. Because buying pretty storage boxes wasn’t in my budget, I decided to make them.

Step 1: Gather up all of the ugly diaper boxes from the garage

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If you don’t have a plethora of diaper boxes, seek out a diapering friend or ask the grocery store for some extra boxes.

Step 2: Cover the boxes with wrapping paper

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This was a learning process, and the last two looked better than the first two. I sort of wrapped them like a present and folded the excess paper over the sides.

Step 3: Place colored duct tape around the sides.

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This isn’t necessarily a must for every box, but I thought it made the boxes look cute. And Ady is very into rainbows, so it worked. I also added a stick-on, vinyl, chalkboard label so that I could change the box’s purpose if I so chose.

Step 4: Weed through the mess and put the boxes to good use.

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I threw away a lot of things we didn’t need and consolidated. I also put some of the puzzles in plastic bags if their boxes were falling apart. I also used one of the boxes to hold all of Ady’s dollhouse furniture and accessories that usually end up on the floor by the end of the night.

There you have it. Cheap storage boxes that will help simplify (if that’s even possible) your life.