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How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

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Today we are getting organized. Or at least I am getting organized. Or, well, I’m trying. You see, my DIY supplies are all over the place…a few boxes in the family room, a bunch of stuff on a shelf in the dining room, and a few more boxes in a bedroom. And none of it is organized. So when I need something, I end up looking in at least three different places. Then there are those occasions when I casually place my tape measure in some random spot and then spend two hours looking for it. Ugh.

So I finally decided to give myself a kick in the rear and get my stuff all organized in one place. I picked this sad little corner in the family room where some of my boxes already lived.

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

Notice the silver underlayment in the lower left hand corner. I have to guiltily admit that I haven’t quite finished the job of laying the floor, which I started months ago. Most of it is done, except the areas around some doors. Here’s another admission: I hate doing the areas around the door jambs. It’s kind of tricky, at least for me. So there’s a bunch of unfinished door areas of floor around a bunch of different door jambs.

When I finished reviving this storage space, it looked so nice, except for the unfinished floor. So I was motivated to go back and finish it…finally! You’ll see the finished floor section in my after pictures. But you will also notice that…oops…I still need to add the quarter-round molding along the floor moldings. I keep telling myself I’ll do it as soon as all the door jambs are done. I guess we can all see how far that’s gotten me. So for now, let’s just pretend I didn’t even bring that up. Instead, let’s talk DIY fabric covered storage boxes.

My fabric storage boxes cost me zero dollars! Yay, can’t beat free.

I started out with this mess of boxes…

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

I had a bunch of drop cloth fabric left over from my last project: a DIY Song Lyric Wall Art piece…

 

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So I used a hot glue gun to cover the boxes with the drop cloth.

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

The handles are made of twine that I had in one of my piles. I braided the twine to make it thicker. Then punched holes through the boxes, pushed the twine through, and knotted the twine on the inside.

 

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You can see that I also lined the inside of the boxes.

The little decorative ring encircling the twine are punched from paint chips that I had collected when I was trying to pick a color for the guest room. (You can check out the guest room color reveal here.)

 

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For the box labels, I painted the panel of a cereal box with chalkboard paint that I had left over from my DIY chalkboard project.

 

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Then I cut the painted panel into strips and adhered them to the boxes and labeled each box.

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

My parents had an old shelf that wasn’t being used and it was the perfect size to fit into the little corner where I had all my junk. Check it out!

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

Here’s the before and after pictures of my previously sad little corner…

 

How To Make DIY Fabric covered storage boxes

 

Much better, don’t you think? And notice my finished floor (sans the quarter round which will be put in…eventually).

If I were to do it again, the one thing I would do differently is that I’d cut down the boxes to the same height so that they looked more uniform. But overall, I’m pretty happy with my updated corner. I’m thinking I may even make some fabric covered lids for the boxes so they look even more tidy.

I’m also thinking of painting some designs on the boxes. Perhaps a light blue chevron pattern would give the boxes a bit more interest. I haven’t quite decided yet.

So there you have it: super easy and cheap DIY storage using fabric covered boxes.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make something fabulous! And don’t forget to sign up for email alerts so you never miss a fun DIY!

xoxo,

~Jenise

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51 Comments on GET ORGANIZED WITH DIY FABRIC COVERED STORAGE BOXES

  1. Richella Parham
    July 10, 2014 at 9:40 am (3 years ago)

    This is BRILLIANT! What a great use of drop cloths!!

    Thanks so much for linking this to Grace at Home. Have a great week!

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    • Jenise
      July 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Richella. And thank you again for featuring my Song Lyric Wall Art this week!

      Reply
  2. Jayaleen Zotti
    July 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this! I have a few boxes hanging around here too! I love your idea of braiding the twine to make it thicker!

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    • Jenise
      July 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jayaleen! I kinda stuck with a neutral, but you can also try using some colorful fabric to complement you decor.

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  3. Candy
    July 11, 2014 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    Great idea!! I love that you can get the look of those fancy-shmancy store-bought storage boxes without the expense! Thanks so much for sharing over at Mamas Blog Central otherwise I might never have found your tutorial. :)
    ~Candy

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    • Jenise
      July 11, 2014 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Candy. Yep, those store-bought boxes are expensive. It really gets me how much they charge for something that’s so easy to make. I had all the materials on hand so it cost me nothing. And part of the beauty of making your own is that you can select any color or print fabric to go with your own decor.

      Reply
  4. Ginger
    July 11, 2014 at 8:16 am (3 years ago)

    This is one of those projects that I must do. It would be a great way to use up some of those diaper boxes I have sitting around and organize my kids junk. I hope to see you over at the link party today!

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    • Jenise
      July 11, 2014 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Ginger. Not to mention that it’s really easy and you can use any kind of decorative fabric too to complement you current decor. And thanks for the invite. We are all linked up. :-)

      Reply
  5. lorraine williamson
    July 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

    love it anything frugal is a great idea and these turned out so well thanks for sharing will have to try this idea

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    • Jenise
      July 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Lorraine! I hope you’re more daring than I am and pick some fun colors!

      Reply
  6. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle
    July 13, 2014 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

    What a fun idea! They look so nice, you would never know that they were just cardboard boxed. I am pinning this NOW…I need to organize my stuff too.

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    • Jenise
      July 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Kim! And the heavy canvas material also fools you into thinking they’re something more expensive.

      Reply
  7. Jen
    July 13, 2014 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

    I honestly would have never thought to cover that mess of boxes in dropcloths!
    Genius!

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    • Jenise
      July 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jen! And I love your barn doors. The color you picked is fabulous. And can’t wait to see the clock makeover!

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    • Jenise
      July 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Kristy!

      Reply
  8. Noreen
    July 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

    The fabric really dresses up the boxes – and I like the rope handles, too.

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    • Jenise
      July 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Noreen!

      Reply
  9. Sherry
    July 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been wanting to cover some boxes for my sewing room! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jenise
      July 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm (3 years ago)

      You are so welcome Sherry! A fun idea for the sewing room would be doing a patch-work fabric cover with your scraps.

      Reply
  10. Selene Galindo
    July 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

    This is one project I could never get tired of doing!! Love DIY’ing storage boxes! Yours turned out lovely and waaaay neater than mine!

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    • Jenise
      July 16, 2014 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

      Are you kidding Selene! I love the chevron pattern on yours versus my plain ones. But thank you.

      Reply
  11. Kristina & Millie
    July 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    totally awesome upcycle/recycle job here! It would have never occurred to me to cover those boxes and you did a bang up job, above and beyond! I think they are fine different sizes, gives more interest :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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    • Jenise
      July 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much. Okay, maybe the different sizes are okay. :-)

      Reply
  12. Tanya
    July 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Very impressive. I have been meaning to make such boxes myself but somehow, could not get to it. I like it the way they are… but I am sure, some designs on it would only make it look more beautiful. Do share the pictures, if you upgrade.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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    • Jenise
      July 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Tanya. And I will definitely share if I do make changes. They’ve been growing on me though. :-)

      Reply
  13. Dominique
    July 17, 2014 at 10:05 am (3 years ago)

    What a great makeover on something that was free! Love it!

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    • Jenise
      July 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Dominique. Definitely can’t beat free!

      Reply
  14. Shanice
    July 18, 2014 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I loved this post so much that I chose it to be featured for this weeks party. :) Go grab a button you deserve it!

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    • Jenise
      July 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness, that’s so exciting! I am honored to be featured!!

      Reply
  15. Bonny
    July 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Just the idea I need for a tiny, storage lacking bathroom! I’m putting a storage shelf over the door and want to put some baskets or boxes on it to put excess things like extra TP, towels, etc. Now I know what I will do, thanks to you. And I can cover them with a cloth that goes with my color scheme, too. The little handle idea is great for me, too, as that makes it easier to get the boxes down from over the door. Thanks!

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    • Jenise
      July 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bonny. I’m so glad it works for you! I love hearing that one of my projects has helped someone else solve a problem. I hope your bathroom storage turns out totally fab!

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    • Jenise
      July 18, 2014 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jennie! And thank you for the invite. I love finding new wonderful blogs to follow!

      Reply
  16. Vicki
    July 20, 2014 at 12:53 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t figure out how you did the ends — it’s not wrapped like a package with the ends folded in and glued upwards….do tell!! I need a step-by-step, apparently. (!) Thanks.

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    • Jenise
      July 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, It took a bit of trial and error to get fabric on neatly. I’m going to send you a step-by-step to the email address on your comment. Please let me know that you got it and do let me know if you have more questions after getting it. Thanks so much!

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  17. Jane
    July 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I think this is a wonderful idea, I know I always have plenty of cardboard boxes.

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    • Jenise
      July 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jane. Yes, it’s a great way to recycle/upcycle those boxes.

      Reply
    • Jenise
      July 22, 2014 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Isabelle. And thank you for hosting!!

      Reply
  18. Emily
    July 21, 2014 at 7:34 am (3 years ago)

    Love, love, love! These are so cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

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    • Jenise
      July 22, 2014 at 9:37 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Emily & Erin. And thank you for hosting!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      July 22, 2014 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness Kathryn, I’m totally thrilled!! Thank you so much for featuring my DIY storage boxes! I’m really honored. Can’t wait to stop by!!!

      Reply
  19. Robin
    December 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Fabulous idea! You have inspired me to do this! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jenise
      December 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay Robin! Nothing makes me happier than to hear just that!!! Let me know how they turn out!

      Reply
  20. katrina
    February 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    So idk if anyone asked this but what is the easiest way to glue the fabric to the cardboard to get the desired shape of a box?

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    • Jenise
      February 7, 2015 at 2:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Katrina,
      What I did was I started with a giant square of the fabric and sat the box on top of it. I folded the right and left side up over the lip and glued them down. So now you have two opposite sides attached and two opposite sides loose. On the loose sides, you’ll have excess fabric hanging off the sides. Fold that fabric in then lift those sides straight up over lip and glue down. Does that make sense?

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  21. feliz cambri
    April 27, 2015 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for featuring this DIY! Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me a lot. Looking forward to seeing many ideas!

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    • Jenise
      April 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Feliz! It’s always a thrill to hear that! I’ll do my best to keep coming up with fun ideas. :-)

      Reply
  22. Jenna Osborne
    December 16, 2015 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

    These boxes look amazing and I can store so many stuff inside. I like to be organized and everything to be stored in a correct place. I will definitely try to make like these boxes, and I hope to get the results that you did! Greetings

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