Shoe Box Shelves With Cardboard Cheshire Cat Wall Art

Introduction: Shoe Box Shelves With Cardboard Cheshire Cat Wall Art

About: Crafting with a healthy dose of trash hoarding disorder. Love to make things from old, used and unwanted stuff. We crafters euphemistically call this upcycling.

These shelves are made from cardboard boxes cut into the wall to save space but once the hole was cut in the drywall I needed a way to cover the rough edges so I dreamed up a crazy way to make them look better. The process was pretty simple but very time-consuming. The best part of this project is it only requires a few materials and you can get them from your recycle bin. The first step is to cut a hole in the drywall between the wall studs and then fit cardboard boxes to fill the space.


  • Brown corrugated cardboard
  • Hot Glue
  • Elmer's Glue
  • 18" Plastic Ruler
  • Brown Packing Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Dremel or other drywall cutting tool
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Sharpie

Step 1: Prepare Walls

I didn't like the wall color or the wallpaper so I painted and repapered the walls before I started.

Step 2: Sketch Out and Apply the Design

Next, I used a sharpie marker to sketch a rough design on the wall. I have an Alice in Wonderland theme in the room so I decided to add the Chesire Cat. Because I like to recycle materials and since the shelves were made from recycled shoe boxes I decided to make the design from cardboard as well. I spent several hours cutting corrugated cardboard into 1/2 strips and many more hours gluing the cardboard to the wall using a combination of Elmer's glue and hot glue.

Step 3: Finishing the Card Board Shelves

To finish the cardboard box shelves I used brown packing paper and Mod Podge to paper mache the finish. The paper is torn into small 2 x 2 inch pieces and then applied to the cardboard with the Mod Podge and a small paintbrush.

Step 4: Finishing With Paint

For the last step, I used some different paint colors to finish the design.

Step 5: Time Lapse Video

You can watch the project come together in this time-lapse video.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    That cardboard gives a great texture to all the decorations :)

    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    2 years ago on Step 5

    Oh, Cindy, that was so well done it made me mimsy. Callooh! Callay! O frabjous day. I'm actually chortling with joy.

    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    2 years ago

    This is an amazingly inventive way of covering the edges of the shelves. The "before and after" shots are a world apart. Well done, and thank you for sharing your imagination :-)
    (Did you use an old book to paper over the old wall? Tell me it was a copy of Alice!)

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    Upcycle Design Lab

    Reply 2 years ago

    I did use book paper to cover the wall. It actually took three random books. I should have used copies of Alice in wonderland but I think I would have felt too guilty ripping them up. Thanks for your comment.