A woman has revealed how she completely transformed a cardboard box into a coastal-style bathroom caddy, and the results are certainly impressive.
Victoria Bunn, 35, is a full-time mum from Nottinghamshire and managed to transform the piece of cardboard into a stylish accessory in just four simple steps.
The mum-of-four estimates that the up-cycled project cost her around half the price compared to buying a new caddy.
"I’m a crafter and I love making things – especially for my house," she told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
"I love the feeling of walking around my home, spotting things I’ve made and knowing it's one of a kind."
Explaining what it was that inspired her to make a bathroom caddy, she said: "We are a big family – I have four children aged from four to 12 – so we get through a lot of loo roll!
"I was getting frustrated with having to go to the cupboard all the time to restock the bathroom and wanted something on hand all of the time."
Admitting that she was browsing on Pinterest when she saw the idea, Victoria continued: "I saw a similar caddy that was made out of a cardboard box. I thought it was a fantastic idea and so cheap to make.
"I've seen lots of these types of caddies in the shops and they can be expensive, ranging from £10."
So instead, Victoria decided to give it a go herself and found an old cardboard box as well as half-inch thick rope, fabric, hot glue, kraft card, chalkboard paper and chalk.
"I spent £5 on the rope, fabric, and glue stick, and the other supplies I already had at home," she added.
"I chose the fabric – a piece of natural linen – and placed it inside the box so to make an inner lining. I then wrapped the fabric over the top of the box and glued it into place."
"I took the rope and glued one end along the top of the box – you don't need to take it all the way to the top, as it's best to leave a little space so you can see the material.
"Next, I started carefully wrapping the rope around the box until it reached the bottom, and glued it into place."
"To make the rectangular-shaped label to go on the front, I cut a slightly larger rectangle out of kraft card and then placed a smaller rectangle of chalkboard paper over the top.
"I then wrote a message on the front with white chalk and glued the label to the front."
"Lastly, I cut a couple of pieces of rope and glued them on for the handles.
"It was so simple and easy to make.
"There were no tricky bits to this project at all."
Victoria then advised: "If you can't get hold of rope, you can adapt it by using garden twine.
"I'm so happy with the result – it looks great in my bathroom. I've had so many people compliment it and they’re often shocked that it’s made from a cardboard box."