With a few supplies, you can easily upcycle cardboard boxes and make beautiful custom storage and organizing boxes for your home.
I have a nice buffet in our kitchen, and the two cabinets house the twins’ craft supplies, play-doh, and coloring books. But I needed a bit more enclosed storage as our craft stash grew. I turned to an easy and inexpensive upcycled solution.
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Here’s what you will need to make these DIY Fabric-Covered Upcycle Cardboard Boxes:
- empty cardboard boxes
- razor blade
- spray adhesive
- hot glue and gun
- basketry sea grass
Tutorial: DIY Upcycle Cardboard Boxes
Select your cardboard boxes. I used empty boxes from some new food storage containers. They were just the right size for some of my shelves.
Carefully cut off the tops and flaps from the boxes.
Then, start thinking about a fabric. Measure the boxes, and buy an appropriate amount. I needed about 1.5 yards for these two. Iron your fabric if it is wrinkled.
Start by spraying the bottom of the box with spray adhesive. Then place the box in the center of the fabric.
Identify the “short sides” and the “long sides” of the cardboard boxes.
Spray the long sides with adhesive and smooth the fabric up those two sides.
Cut out a “square” of fabric from the short ends.
Fold over the edges to make seams. Spray the box ends with adhesive, and smooth the fabric up each side of the box.
Hopefully, your project will look a little something like this:
Next, grab your coil of sea grass.
Wrap the sea grass around the box one time (about 1 inch from the top) and secure with hot glue.
Wrap the sea grass 7 more times. Secure the edges with hot glue.
How cute are these little storage boxes? I’m so excited to have more enclosed storage on these shelves for kids’ craft supplies and art materials.
Mary Ellen says
I really like this one, Aimee. I’m on it.
So stinking clever Aimee!