Have you been looking for a simple way to add extra storage and organization without breaking the bank? I am all for organization, but I also hate spending hundreds of dollars on bins and baskets. DIY cloth storage boxes are the perfect (and cheap) solution.
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! I had two empty box lids lying around, fabric and rope. I really was trying to do this as cheaply as possible.
DIY Project Challenge
Each month a few of my DIY friends work to create a fun project around a theme. 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. However, you could really create these storage boxes for a few dollars, depending on the fabric you want to use.
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!
- old cardboard box or lid
- 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”)
The “Before” Box
Make sure that you are using a box that is structurally sound. The last thing you want to do is spend time covering a bad box.
How To Make DIY Cloth Storage Box
Step 1: Open The Box Up To Be Flat
I was lucky enough to have two box lids that I could open completely to “wrap” with fabric and then put back together. Simply lay the opened cardboard box down and began to cut the fabric around.
When cutting your fabric make sure to leave 1/2″ so that you can wrap it around the edges.
Step 2: Start To Glue Edges
Use a hot glue gun to add a line of glue on the edge.
Step 3: Fold Over Edge
Then use hot glue and fold the fabric like you would a birthday present! Continue working on all the edges.
Step 4: Fold Corners and Glue Down
After you have wrapped the whole box and glued all the edges, you may have to snip the corners a little to make them 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.
Optional: Add Accents Like Twine
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. I would recommend finding less sturdy twine to work with instead of this stronger rope.
Step 5: Put The Box Back Together
Put the box back together and enjoy having a DIY storage box that is a lot more than just an old cardboard box!
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!I think just redoing the shelves may be just enough as my friend did in her linen closet.
Where else do we use these?
In addition to using my no-sew storage boxes to organize my kitchen pantry, I have also used them in our DIY baby nursery (and child’s closet), daughter’s room and in our DIY basement built-ins.
These DIY cardboard storage boxes are a lifesaver for me.
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I hope you are able to save money and help keep organized with these DIY cloth storage boxes and tips!
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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
Thanks for checking out all the wonderful projects from my DIY friends!
How To Make DIY Cloth Storage Boxes
- Pair of scissors
- Glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Cardboard Box
- Open box to lay flat.
- Cut about 1/2's around the box. Leaving more fabric on the edges that you will see.
- Use a glue gun to add line of glue to one area.
- Fold over fabric edge.
- Fold the side part last. This will be a bigger piece of fabrci if you want the blue in the insde edge.
- Snip diagonal cuts or fold the corner to get the fabric to lay nicely before putting the box back together.
Wednesday 5th of June 2019
Love this! We use diaper boxes a lot!
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.