Take for example this antique wooden box I purchased at a yard sale for $2:
Complete with secret compartments, a drawer and main section, I couldn't say no to its beauty. As I drove home my mind sped through the different ways I could make it over: paint, fabric, mod podge, paint and mod podge and fabric (oh my). When I realized that she is beautiful just how she is. It was decided, no paint would touch her but she would become the newest housing facility for my overflowing earring collection. Enter my thrifty notion on inexpensive cushion inserts. Here's how I did it.
How-To Make Cheap Cushions
Covered the cardboard and batting with a piece of fabric. This particular fabric happens to be from a shirt I found at a local thrift store for $.99. Loved the pattern, not so fond of the shirt.
Turned the cardboard, batting and fabric over and used my staple gun to attach it. Quick and easy. Then I inserted the cushions into my box.