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DIY Storage Boxes: Repurpose those old cardboard boxes!

Create DIY cloth storage containers

Have you been looking for a simple way to add extra storage and organization without breaking the bank? I am all for everything having a place, but I also don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on bins and baskets. Therefore, I tried to create my own DIY storage boxes for when my SAD kitchen pantry really needed an update. I had two empty box lids lying around, fabric and rope. I really was trying to do this as cheaply as possible.

This DIY no-sew storage box project was perfect for this month’s installment of a DIY project challenge that I am part of with other AWESOME DIY bloggers!

You will love what they have created. I redid a Midcentury Modern dresser and experimented with marbling paint techniques for our past challenges. These DIY ladies sure know how to create amazing things on a budget!

This month’s theme was to create a DIY project using cloth. Our projects always have to come in under $50! It is always so cool to see what other creative people do with the same challenge. Again, mine was FREE since I used things I already had. However, you could really create these storage boxes for a few dollars, depending on the fabric you want to use.

Easy & Cheap DIY Boxes to declutter your pantry

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Supplies needed to makeover cardboard boxes!

  • old cardboard box or lid
  • fabric
  • Rope of twine if you want to try to recreate a basket look
  • Glue Gun (I wish I had this cordless glue gun)
  • Scissors (THESE scissors are a MUST-HAVE for any “DIY-er”)
Old Cardboard box lid

Gather your storage box supplies and start working!

Glue gun with fabric and box lid

  1. First, open your box. I was lucky enough to have two box lids that I could open completely to “wrap” with fabric and then put back together. I simply laid the opened cardboard box down and began to cut the fabric around.

Scissors cutting fabric around cardboard box

2. Continue cutting and wrapping to create your DIY storage box!

When cutting your fabric make sure to leave 1/2″ so that you can wrap it around the edges. Then use hot glue and fold the fabric like you would a birthday present! Continue working on all the edges.

Cardboard box opened up on top of fabric

3. After you have wrapped the whole box and glued all the edges, you may have to snip the corners a little to make it fit nicely together. If you notice in the picture below, I wrapped my cloth to the edge of the inside of the bottom of the box. I knew I was putting smaller boxes on top and did not need to cover the inside of the box completely.

Whole box being wrapped in blue fabric to create DIY storage box

4. Put the box back together and enjoy having a DIY storage box that is a lot more than just an old cardboard box!

In addition to using my no-sew storage boxes to organize my kitchen pantry, I have also used them in our DIY baby nurser (and closet), daughter’s room and basement. These DIY cardboard storage boxes are a lifesaver for me…

since it is always a battle to stay organized as a family of 5!

Blue no-sew fabric storage box in kitchen pantry

If you noticed in the first picture on this post, I also attempted to make a DIY basket storage box with the DIY no-sew storage box I showed here. I added rope to the outside as an extra accent. Iw would recommend finding less sturdy twine to work with instead of this stronger rope.

If you are looking for a more in-depth DIY storage box idea, check out how we created a large wooden crate on wheels from 2 pallets.

I will go into a little more detail in a future post about that project (was it really worth it?). Since I do love to keep art supplies and home things organized, I plan on sharing more of my DIY kitchen pantry ideas soon!

I may even decide to add a painted accent wall near or in my pantry? What do you think? I do love to try new painting techniques to spruce up a space. However, I think just redoing the shelves maybe just enough, like my friend did in her linen closet.

I hope you are able to save money and help keep organized with these DIY cloth storage boxes and tips!

I hope one day I can get rid of those UGLY wire shelves and I think I know exactly what blog about shelving I may look at!

Now let’s check out what some of my DIY friends did for our DIY project challenge using fabric and $50 or less!

Joyful Derivatives: DIY No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Kippi at Home: Llama Pillow Pattern

1905 Farmhouse: How to Create Fabric Ribbon for Gifts

Life’s AHmazing!: DIY Throw Pillows

Southern Yankee DIY: DIY Linen Sign

Mama Dares To DIY: DIY Painted Fabric Chairs

Our Happily Ever Home: No-Sew DIY Lumbar Pillow Cover

Thanks for checking out all the wonderful projects from my DIY friends! We would love to hear what you think!!

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Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Love this! We use diaper boxes a lot!

Eileen Curinga

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

I love me some free organization! Especially when it's easy too! Love the fabric and rope together!


Tuesday 4th of June 2019

So easy, and yet so cute and functional! Love this idea!! :)


Monday 3rd of June 2019

This is genius! What a clever way to save money and create something useful out of everyday items. The box turned out fantastic!


Monday 3rd of June 2019

Upcycled boxes are some of my favourite DIYs. Well done.

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