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Library in a Box | Arts & Crafts

Library in a Box

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Ages: newborn and up

Decorated with photocopies of covers and pages from picture books, this customized storage bin is as cute as it is useful. Best of all, covers are easy to see, so your tot won't have to pull his books off the shelf to find the one he wants to read. If your little bibliophile is old enough, let him select the images to paste on the outside. Then when the box is done, he can choose the books that go on the inside as well.


  • Color photocopies of covers and pages from picture books, preferably on card stock (reduce or enlarge the images to fit your box)
  • A sturdy, finished wood or plastic bin (we got ours at Target for $20)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush


  1. Cover your work area with newspaper. Have your child help you arrange a selection of photocopies on one side of the box, then glue them down one at a time with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
  2. When you're done, paint Mod Podge over the entire side of the box to seal the design. Let the Mod Podge dry for about 30 minutes (it shouldn't feel tacky), then decorate the remaining sides.