Shoe Rack Made of Cardboard

Having children changes a woman’s body dramatically. After my best friend had her first adorable boy, she went up a shoe size and could no longer fit into her shoes. Her misfortune was my boon since she gifted me her entire old shoe collection.

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While I was ecstatic with all this new fashionable footwear, it was more than evident that my now large shoe pile was not exactly organized. I spent a number of mornings digging for a pair of shoes I knew was in the pile somewhere. The disorderly madness had to stop. I decided to make a shoe rack out of cardboard.

This is the box to the hot water tank we installed about two years ago. I would not let Mel, my husband, throw it out because it was such quality cardboard. . . Some of you may understand what I mean.

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I cut the cardboard into inch-and-a-half strips and taped four layers of strips together for strength; creating all the boards I would need to construct the project

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I paper mached around these boards both to give them more strength and to hide the edges of the cardboard.

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Then all the boards got painted. (Sunshine is adorable even when she does wrong.)

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Then everything got hot glued together. It’s been two weeks and it hasn’t fallen. Yeah organization!

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